I'll be honest and tell you that I've had a few flops in the kitchen lately. There were a couple of dessert recipes that didn't turn out as I intended. There was a Nutella swirl pound cake where the Nutella settled to the bottom of the cake and formed a concrete base. Failure! Then, there was an attempt at a lemon cream cake where my whipping cream didn't get stiff enough and the filling ran out all over the sides of the cake. I had to just swirl it around like frosting and put it in the refrigerator overnight. Unattractive but still delicious and edible! A B- at best... Frustrated, but craving redemption, I returned to the kitchen with a recipe from bhg.com (Better Homes and Garden). And, I'm happy to say that I have earned an A+ on this one and I'm well on may way to making the Honor Roll again this term.
Coconut-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup ground pecans
1/4 cup sugar
12 oz. (or 1-1/2 8-oz. pkgs) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp. brandy or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13"x9" baking pan; set aside.
For crust, in a small saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until the color of light brown sugar. Remove from heat; set aside.
In medium bowl, stir together graham crackers, flour, coconut, pecans, and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir in butter until combined. Evenly press on bottom of prepared pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 2/3 cup sugar on medium until combined. Add eggs, brandy (milk), and vanilla. Beat until combined. Pour over hot crust. Sprinkle with blueberries.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until center appears set. Cool in pan on rack. Cover and refrigerate. Cut into bars. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Makes about 32 bars.
Fruit as art...
I used a fork to blend the crust.
Blueberry cheesecake perfection!
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