Berry Cream Cheese

Being lactose intolerant hasn’t been too hard for me. Luckily, I can handle goat and sheep milk products. One thing I really really miss is a warm bagel with strawberry cream cheese. Honestly, cream cheese is my nemesis. It’s the one dairy product I cannot handle. Another lucky fact is that I really enjoy the flavor of the Tofutti cream cheese. Hubby enjoys it too! I honestly don’t believe why I didn’t think to make this Berry Cream Cheese before. It’s so freaking tasty!

You could use some store bought all-fruit jam if you don’t want to make your own. But if you have a few minutes, it’s really worth the effort. It’s really so simple. Mix jam with cream cheese, and VOILA! Berry cream cheese ready to be spread on your favorite bagel or toast. And obviously, to make things better, it’s PINK! Such a pretty color to help raise breast cancer awareness!

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Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge – make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!


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Berry Cream Cheese

Ingredients:

For the jam:
1 cups ripe raspberries
1/3 cup ripe strawberries, stems removed
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp corn starch

For the cream cheese:
6 Tbsp cream cheese
¼ cup jam, preferably homemade

Directions:

To make the jam:
Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pan. Boil on low for at least 45 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature and then store in the fridge. Yields ¼ cup of jam.

To make the berry cream cheese:
Simply whip together the cream cheese and jam. Serve on toasted bagels. Store berry cream cheese in fridge.

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14 Responses to “Blueberry Pie Bars”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 13, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I just love blueberries and your bars look simply incredible!!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — August 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    These bars are so awesome!! Gorgeous!

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    Shannon — August 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

    holy cow these look fabulous! i need more blueberries in my life, and quick- i’m already onto peaches so hoping i didn’t miss out 🙂

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    Lynna — August 21, 2013 at 2:12 am

    These pie bars look amazing! I`m wishing I had blueberries right now!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I love pie bars!! They look so delicious 🙂 I am loving this recipe!

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    Laura — August 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Yum these are gorgeous. Love the changes you made.

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    suzy — September 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Tried it, tasted awesome! Thanks for the recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — September 26th, 2013 @ 8:47 am

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    Lauren — October 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Made these and my family ate them in one day! Thanks for the great recipe!!

    • beantownbaker — October 6th, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

      So glad you enjoyed these. I have made them a couple times with different fruits and they’re always a hit.

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    Robin — April 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Made these this past weekend using blueberries and blackberries in equal parts. I love the ease of the crumb crust and top. The only thing I will change when I make them again will be to add lemon juice and zest to the filling. I like the tartness of lemon with blueberries. Will make these with peaches when they are in season. Easy and tasty…thanks!

    • beantownbaker — April 27th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      I’ve made these with peaches and they’re delicious – definitely do that this summer.

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    Eugenie — July 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Tried these today because I needed to clear out some frozen blueberries. Used a small rectangle Pyrex dish instead, which worked fine. Added a bit of fresh grated nutmeg. Cut into 12 squares and served with ice cream. This is a keeper!

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

      Love fresh nutmeg! Sounds great.

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