Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lime Raspberry Bars


For my last post of the summer, I thought I would leave you with one of my favorite cheesecake recipes, plus a few added twists! This is seriously the creamiest cheesecake I have ever made, but it might be a bit too rich for some during the heat of summer. So I changed the recipe from cake to bar form for potentially smaller portions, switched to a graham cracker crust, and added some fresh raspberries to the top to cut through the richness.

Ingredients:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
32 oz cream cheese, room temperature
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
4 eggs
3/4 (key) lime juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz white chocolate, melted
2 pints fresh raspberries


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch with greased foil.

Place graham cracker crumbs in a bowl and add melted butter and sugar. Mix well and then press the crumb mixture evenly onto the bottom the the 9x13-inch pan. Set aside.

With a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth. (This is easiest when all the ingredients are at room temperature!)

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the (key) lime juice and vanilla extract. Stir in the melted chocolate and then pour the batter on top of the crust, spreading evenly. Sprinkle the raspberries on top of the batter and slightly press them into the batter.

Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200°F and bake for 2 hours until the center is firm. Remove the pan from the oven and run a knife around the edges. Turn off the oven and return the pan to the oven for another 2 hours. Chill overnight.

7 comments:

  1. Nice last summer post, the lime raspberry bars look great.

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  2. I love desserts that combine raspberries with a citrusy flavor. Not to mention, your recipe uses those flavors in a cheesecakey bars. Talk about the ultimate dessert.

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  3. STOP TRYING TO CLOG MY ARTERIES!!

    I just made your gooey chocolate biscuits today and they were amazing. Thank you so much! I love your blog! :)

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  4. lol, sorry Amy. I swear I am not out to clog your arteries...completely. :)

    I'm so glad you enjoy my blog - thanks for the comment!

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  5. Hey!! Great recipe, I especially like the photo guide. The photos are beautiful and the bars look fantastic!
    Greets

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  6. That looks so soft and creamy, and the raspberries on top are beautiful.

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  7. These look so Yumm! I added them to my cookbook full of recipes to try. I just recently stumbled across your blog via google. I'm glad I did. I love how you include step by step photos of everything! :) I am now a follower of your lovely blog!
    Meggs♥
    urbakinmecrazyy.blogspot.com
    urbakinmecrazyy@aol.com

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