What’s Community Crumbs? Try Cherry Cheesecake Bars & Find Out!

Are cheesecakes still #trending?  Duh, of course!  And now you can turn them into bars making them the perfect party food. This cherry-filled, creamy cheese situation with a crusty, cakey bottom will undoubtedly make YOU the most popular gal or guy at the party. Ok, maybe that is a bit much, but you get the drift, right? I’m telling you – it’s a show-stopper.

No need to waste time perfectly cutting these bars in advance. My advice – take it straight to the table and let your guests have their way with it, except the little ones who’ll take the whole pan with them. They don’t call them Community Crumbs Cherry Cheesecake Bars for nothing. I like to consider this dessert as my version of the infamous Cote de Boeuf which, when properly served, gets sliced table side.  This is an all-hands on deck kind of dessert. That’s right, get others involved in the communal cutting and partaking of this deliciousness. Community Crumbs are for the taking!

Add in a bit of clove and cinnamon to the cherries (especially sour ones) to make them even more delectable to the palette.

Community Crumbs Cheesecake BarsI dare say I have used frozen cherries and it works equally as well.  Just give them a little bit of time to thaw, and then strain getting rid of any excess juice.

Here’s a tip: if you love that buttery, flaky crust just as much as I do, then do not over mix the base. Make sure it mixed just enough to resemble a course meal-like or sandy texture.

Community Crumbs Cheesecake Bars

I recently took these cheesecake bars to a party all the way up in a town called Tehachapi. Where, you ask? It’s a small town about 16o miles north of LA (an easy day trip) in the Tehachapi Mountains.  The Tehachapi Valley is perfectly positioned atop a pristine mountain plateau and is located between the San Joaquin Valley and Mojave Dessert.  I was blown away at how easy it was to get to this little town and how I found it to be the perfect getaway from the hubbub of life in the city. It’s definitely going to be my new secret “escape LA” spot. And nothing beats having this awesome travel-friendly dessert to nosh on while my boys jumped up and down off of large rocks, laughing and having a great time. It was one of those moments where I truly felt on top of the world!

Community Crumbs Cheesecake Bars

Recipe Credit: The New Sugar & Spice, by Samantha Seneviratne

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Cherry Cheesecake Bars

By TheSweetNerd  ,

July 5, 2016

  • Prep: 40 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • 40 mins

    45 mins

    1 hr 25 mins

Ingredients

Pastry Layer

2 cups AP Flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

3 large egg yolks

Cheesecake Layer

8 ounces cream cheese

¼ cup sugar

1 large egg

Cherry Compote Layer

3 cups cherries (sour optional), or frozen

½ cup sugar

Pinch ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of kosher salt

1 T cornstarch

One 9" square baking pan, lined with parchment paper for easy removal.

Directions

Pastry Layer

1Food processor with fitted blade, pulse flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the cubed butter and pulse until it is like coursemeal. Then, add egg yolks and pulse just until it is evenly moistened by still looks like sand. Don’t over mix. Be conservative. Then, pour half out onto the baking sheet and press down. (Set the other half aside for later). Bake off for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool slightly. Meanwhile, work on cherry compote.

Cherry Compote Layer

1Cherries, sugar cloves, cinnamon, salt, to simmer in saucepan over medium heat. 5 minutes until very tender. Then crush in pan with potato masher. In another bowl, whisk cornstarch and 2 T juice from cherry mixture, and then back into saucepan for 2-3 minutes to thicken. Let it cool slightly. Should be like loose jam. Use 1 ½ cups for the bars.

Cream Cheese Layer

1Whisk together cream cheese evenly over the baked bottom crust. Drop the cherry compote in dollops evenly on top of the cream cheese. Then add the other ½ of the flour mixture in clumps on top of layer.

2Bake at 350F together, until cheesecake layer is set and the topping is deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes.

3Stores in airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.

Recipe Credit: The New Sugar & Spice Sour Cherry Cheesecake Bars

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Community Crumbs Cheesecake Bars

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