Monday, August 1, 2016

Lemon Cheese Bars with Fresh Berries

These are very good.  I love using fresh berries in the summer and these blueberries are so juicy and the lemon is subtle but bright to add layers of flavor. They were a huge hit!


1/3 c softened butter
¼ c packed brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg or mace
1 c flour
cooking spray

1 c low fat cottage cheese
1 c white sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp lemon rind
3 ½ Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp baking powder
1 large egg
1 large egg white
¾ cup blueberries for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place 1st 4 ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Spoon flour into dry measuring cup lightly and level with a knife. Add flour to butter mixture and beat on low until mixed well. Press into a greased 8 inch square pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Place cottage cheese in food processor and blend for 2 minutes, scraping 1 time. Add the 1 cup of sugar and remaining filling ingredients, not the blueberries. Process until well blended, about 1 minute. Pour into baked crust. Sprinkle the blueberries on top. Bake for 25 

minutes, or until set. The edges will start to brown slightly. Cool. Cover and chill 8 hours.