Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Cake Bars

When the theme for this month’s What’s Baking was annouced to “Bake something with Fresh Herbs”, I knew I wanted to make something with basil in it. You see, I’m not a huge fan of basil, so I figured I’d challenge myself to find a way to like it. I realize basil is a pretty harmless herb and no where near as offensive as cilantro is to some people, but it’s just not my favorite.

I tossed around a few ideas in my head and remembered this Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Pie that Shannon posted a while ago. I starred it in my Google Reader and have had the best intentions to make it. But I don’t really like baking pies so it just hasn’t happened yet.

I liked the ideas of pairing blueberries with goat cheese and basil though, so I decided to mix those flavors into a dessert format that I prefer – bars. I found a recipe for some Blueberry Cheesecake Bars and just doctored it up by adding basil, swapping out half of the cream cheese for goat cheese, and using homemade blueberry sauce instead of store-bought blueberry jam.

When I was trying to figure out how much basil to add to these bars, I remembered these Strawberry Peach Basil Bars. When I made them last year, the basil flavor really wasn’t very prominent after baking the bars. So I decided to put a LOT of basil in the bars. So much so, that the basil flavor slightly dominated these bars. I’ve reduced the amount of basil in the recipe below to reflect this.

I loved this flavor combination but some of Hubby’s coworkers would call the flavors intriguing… The bars were borderline savory with the addition of the goat cheese. Feel free to play around with the amount of goat cheese vs cream cheese in the recipe. If you like the flavor of goat cheese, go with the full 8 oz. If you’re not a huge fan of goat cheese, you can use all cream cheese, or some combination between.

I am submitting this for June’s What’s Baking, hosted by Jillian of JBean Cuisine. This month’s theme was to Bake with a Fresh Herb!

One Year Ago: Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Strawberries and Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes (aka, Quintuple Chocolate Cupcakes)
Two Years Ago: Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes and Homemade Coleslaw
Three Years Ago: Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Toasts

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Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Cake Bars

Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese make a great pairing in these surprising bars

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients:

For the Cookie Crust
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 tsp ice water

Cheesecake Filling
8 ounces softened cream cheese
8 ounces softened goat cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup blueberry jam, or homemade blueberry sauce
3/4 cup finely chopped basil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Stir on lowest setting. Add butter and continue to stir until the dough forms a ball. Add cold water if the dough is not coming together.

Press dough evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until crust is lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes.

While cooling, prepare filling. Mix softened cream cheese, goat cheese, sugar and vanilla until well blended.

Add eggs and mix just until eggs are incorporated.

Stir in chopped basil.

After crust cools for 30 minutes, pour cheesecake filling evenly over the crust.

Spoon blueberry jam or sauce randomly on top of filling and then swirl to combine.

Bake at 350 for approximately 35-45 minutes or until center is set. Allow to cool in pan.

Recipe adapted from Framed Cook

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16 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bars”

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    oneordinaryday — September 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I guess they would be hard to bite into, but if you made them thinner you wouldn’t have such a beautiful swirl of blueberry in there. They look fabulous.

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    Jade — September 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Those look amazing! Totally on my list!

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    Mimi — September 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    These look delicious. I love lemon and blueberries.
    Mimi

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    nutmegnanny — September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    These look great! Maybe a little thinner would be better but either way they must have tasted fantastic!

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    Ingrid — September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Yum, I think your idea of a cheesecake ice cream brillant. I agree those swirls are gorgeous!
    ~ingrid

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    stephchows — September 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    mmmmm i’d love to have a batch of those sitting in front of me right now!

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    Melissa — September 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    These are too pretty to eat! I love the blueberry/lemon combo.

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    Joelen — September 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    These look outstanding! I love the swirls and the combo of lemon and blueberry is always a winner!

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    Colleen — September 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Looks delicious! Gorgeous photos.

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    SugarCooking — September 19, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Those look great! What a beautiful photo!

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    eliza — September 19, 2009 at 2:09 am

    very nice! look just exactly like the ones in the magazine!

    eliza
    http://fooddiary.blogsome.com

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    Stephanie Wagner — September 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

    These are amazing! I didn’t know they were dairy free… We just found our little nephew is allergic to dairy, I’ll have to make these for him.

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    A & W — September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Just as gorgeous as they were on the cover of Gourmet. Saw these on tastespotting and knew I recognized them! Yum!

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    A & W — September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Just as gorgeous as they were on the cover of Gourmet. Saw these on tastespotting and knew I recognized them! Yum!

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    Joudie's Mood Food — August 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This looks ……… WOW!!!!

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    offmotorway — September 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    What a great idea! One of the best looking desserts I’ve seen in a long time – irresistable!

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