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Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars (+ our family holiday to Tenerife)


Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars
We're back home in Cornwall after a lovely week away in Tenerife. We stayed in Los Gigantes, a stunningly picturesque resort on the west coast of the island and couldn't have asked for better weather, food and scenery. Most importantly the kids had a fantastic time, were well behaved (usually!) and really enjoyed sampling traditional Canarian cuisine (particularly the papas arugardas or Canarian potatoes, which they had with EVERY SINGLE meal).
Kids in Tenerife
The highlight of the trip (other than relaxing by the pool) was most definitely our ascent of Mount Teidi (the 3rd largest volcano on the planet) and despite a bit of altitude sickness, the views from the top of the cable car were out of this world. I'm not usually one to return to the same place twice but I have a feeling we will in this case. There is so much more of the island left to explore and 7 days just wasn't long enough!
Mount Teidi
The hotel we stayed at was the 3* Globales Taimamo Tropical and I have to admit to being a bit apprehensive about staying here after reading some less than positive reviews on trip advisor. As it was, I'm not sure they stayed at the same place as we did! The staff were lovely, the pool area was fab for kids, accommodation basic but clean and the food very tasty. The moto of the story is don't always believe what you read on the internet!
Globales Taimamo Tropical, Tenerife
Back to reality and now that I've got through the 7 loads of holiday washing, I thought it was about time I updated the blog with a brand new recipe. It looks like we've bought the sun home with us as the weather forecast next week is for warm sunny days. Therefore, I thought these summery fruity blueberry and orange cheesecake bars would fit the bill. I made these cheesecake bars originally on a rare sunny day back at the beginning of March, born out of a need to use up some cream cheese and creme fraiche in the fridge. They turned out lovely and light with the fruity blueberries and orange zest complementing the creamy cheesecake perfectly.

These cheesecake bars really do make the perfect weeknight dessert for those warm sunny evenings around the corner.
Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Change the fruit by using raspberries and lemon instead. Strawberries would work well too.
  • Use ginger biscuits for the base instead of digestives for something a bit different.
  • Serve the cheesecake bars with clotted cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • The cheesecake bars can be frozen for up to 3 months, just pop them into a sealed container to prevent freezer burn.
  • If using straight away, store the bars in the fridge to ensure they stay firm.

OTHER CHEESECAKE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

BLUEBERRY ORANGE CHEESECAKE BARS


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Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 52 MINStotal time: 67 mins
A fruity light cheesecake bar recipe flavoured with blueberries and orange.

ingredients:


  • For the Base:
  • 9 Digestives, crushed
  • 2 TBSP Light Brown Sugar
  • 55g Unsalted Butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 280g Cream Cheese
  • 150g Creme Fraiche
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Orange
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Blueberries

instructions:


  1. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper and preheat the oven to 170°c (150°c fan).
  2. Mix together the base ingredients, press into the tin and bake for 12 minutes, Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese, creme fraiche, eggs, orange juice and zest and sugar until thick and creamy. Stir through the blueberries.
  4. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the base and bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool before putting in the fridge for an hour. Cut into squares.


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Blueberry Orange Cheesecake Bars
Beth Sachs
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