Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

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This past weekend, my girlfriends and I packed a Sunday picnic for the ArtsGreensboro Levitt AMP Series and MUSEP Concert at Barber Park in Greensboro. The Suffers, which I have been listening to for the last month, came to town to perform at the event.

It was a perfect evening in the city. Much to do from the beautiful weather, incredible local park and a generous free concert put on by a community organization. The grass was packed with kids and dogs, young people and families.

I brought a cucumber, onion and tomato salad, a brie, ham and fig jam baguette sandwich and this delicious (and easy) Lemon, Blueberry Cheesecake Bar for dessert. I made the dessert that morning with blueberries from the Westerwood Neighborhood Farmer’s Market. With these delicious local treats in hand at the concert, we would call that experience #soGSO.

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars, Tyler Florence

For the base:
Butter, for greasing
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
9 graham crackers
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
2 lemons, zested and juiced
About 1/2 cup sugar, eyeball it
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Powdered sugar, for dusting

For the filling:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

For the base:
Grease the bottom of a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with butter. Then place parchment paper over the top, pressing down at the corners. In a food processor, process the sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers until you have the texture of bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate. Pour into the lined baking pan and gently pat down with the base of a glass. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden. When done set aside to cool.

For the filling:
Add cream cheese, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar to the food processor and mix until well combined. It should have a smooth consistency. Pour onto the cooled base and then cover with blueberries. They will sink slightly but should still be half exposed — as the cake bakes they will sink a little more and break down.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center only slightly jiggles. Remove from the oven and cool completely before refrigerating for at least 3 hours. Once set, remove from pan using the parchment lining and slice into 10 rectangular bars. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

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