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Happy happy Easter!!

These Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Squares were delicious, indulgent, and supremely springy . . . but not quite what I had planned on making! See the full blog post on Willow Bird Baking for details about what I was actually TRYING to make when I ended up with these luxurious treats.

And in the meantime, make yourself some cheesecake squares!!









Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Squares with Shortbread Crust


Recipe by: Adapted from King Arthur Flour (crust) and Shared Sugar (cheesecake)
Yields: about 18 bars

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Cheesecake Layer Ingredients:
32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 eggs
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 cup blueberries

powdered sugar for topping

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 x 13 in. baking dish with a parchment paper sling. Cut the butter into the flour and confectioners' sugar and press into the baking dish (I used a food processor to cut the fat into the flour, and then the bottom of a dish to press the mixture into the pan). Bake 20 minutes or until light brown. Let cool on wire rack.

In a bowl with an electric mixer, add the cream cheese, eggs, lemon juice and sugar. Mix until the ingredients are creamy and the cream cheese is fully incorporated. Pour into the pan with the cooled crust. Then evenly distribute the blueberries.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Then refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Remove the cheesecake from the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.






To read about what I was PLANNING to make, see more photos of the delectable cheesecake squares I ended up making, or hear more life lessons on "planning," head over to my baking blog, Willow Bird Baking!

x-posted to bakebakebake, food_porn, cooking

Comments

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cpufem
Apr. 4th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
those sound fairly easy to make and they look fantastic.

(you do a lot of baking.. just curious.. as someone who tends to postpone baking in lieu of countless other household tasks, how do you make sure you get your baking time in? do you mind me asking if you work full time?)
layers_of_eli
Apr. 4th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)
I don't mind at all! I do work full time (actually over full time, sometimes, being a teacher). I don't bake during the week because I simply don't have the time. I bake multiple things on the weekends (for instance, I might make breakfast and a dessert) which translates to multiple blog posts that I then spread out over time.

And to be totally honest, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I have OCD. Not to be flip, but that certainly makes me (ahem) "driven," and so I tend to push to get a ton of stuff done. I'm managing all right currently, but sometimes it's no fun. Not to mention the fact that some things fall by the wayside (my room is a mess!)

SO, in conclusion, don't feel bad if you don't bake that often! :) There's a lot to be said for a balanced life!
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