I've talked about being obsessed with fruit and cream desserts lately. I wonder if you guys knew that I was this serious about it. :) When we were looking for baking ideas for the 4th of July, one of my friends posted a link to this on Facebook and it was love at first sight.
I ended up making it the day after the 4th (which would be the 5th, I could have just said that) and the pastry stars were replaced by hearts. I am just now getting to blogging about it, somewhere along the line I have lagged behind with my blogging! (I went on a bit of a reading spree and other parts of life have taken the back burner. Like cleaning, being a mom, showering, getting dressed. You know, all those less important things.) The original recipe calls for store bought, refrigerated pie dough but I just used the crust recipe that I usually do. I also halved the recipe so I will share that version here. These are pretty easy and would be fun to make with your kids or just by yourself.
Berry Cheesecake Squares
1 recipe single crust pie crust, or whatever pie crust you choose
1 egg yolk
1 T milk
2 tsp sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup whipped cream or whipped topping (you can make your own or buy it)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp lemon zest
fruit of your choice, I used:
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
Preheat oven to 450. Prepare the pie dough, after refrigerating for 20-30 minutes, roll out into a rectangle about 9x12".
Cut 4 squares (about 4 1/2", I used a food storage container that was 4 1/2 inches as a cookie cutter) and 4 shapes of your choice. If necessary, re-roll extra pieces and cut. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Fold in sides of the squares about 1/4-1/2 inch.
Combine egg yolk and milk and brush on all squares and pastry pieces. Sprinkle all with sugar. Bake 6-8 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 10 minutes. Whip cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add lemon zest and fold in whipped cream. Top each square with 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture and fruit. Add pastry shape if desired.
This is what it looks like in front of a pool:
Makes 4 squares.
Source: Adapted from Betty Crocker.com