Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Bars...and Recovery!

As you can see, this is a well decorated platter with just an 8x8 inches of simple cheesecake bars...a total of 4 large pieces, with the ends trimmed off, but every thing is in the "decoration"...the "presentation"...otherwise, it would be just a simple Cheesecake Bars, if not for the above mentioned...and of course, most important, the "platter"...oh, yes the famous platter that you can see on  my daughter's blog...Lora @Cake Duchess crostata featured on it...you could say a guest post from her sweet m-in-law, Teresa. Originally, I was going to do the next guest post for Lora's blog, with this easy dessert, but she is home now, from her huge surgery, and is getting her strength back little by little. I was at her house making this dessert, and both Teresa, and her husband Domenico kept asking me..."che fai?" What are you doing? ...because I was trying to uplift my photography skills, by enhancing the shots, at every different angle. It certainly helps when you have a nice camera, and a pint of gorgeous fresh, and perfectly ripened strawberries.
Instead of having the glaze on top of the overturned strawberry slices, I added the jam glaze directly on the cooled cheesecake bars, and sprinkled powdered sugar over the top of the strawberries, overlapping on the cheesecake, and on the platter...within a few minutes, the strawberries get their own natural glaze, just from the sugar...the rest is "trick photography!"...my theory...you aim, shoot, and hope for the best!

Thank you for all your kind comments and well wishes on my blog, and in personal e-mail regarding Lora's surgery. (for more on that check her latest post.)

It's never easy when a loved one has to go through such a serious surgery, as the one she went through. She will explain more in detail when you read it on her latest post. As for me, I had my personal gratitude for her successful outcome of this harrowing surgery that I would not want to have to witness again. She is so "frail" as it is...(unlike her mom) and having to see her not eat any solid foods for nearly a week just breaks my heart...and all we want her to do is to get well, stronger each day, and we will all do the taking care of her, now that she is home to recuperate!
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
my own recipe

For the Crust:
2 cups of vanilla wafers ground
1/4 cup butter (1 stick) melted
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange rind

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grind the wafers in a food processor to make 2 cups. Add sugar, and grated orange, stir in the melted butter, just to moisten evenly, and press into a large non-stick tart pan, with a removable bottom.
Use a large soup spoon to press down, and not with your fingers, or hand, (so butter does not get too pressed into the crust) Also, do the same on the sides of the tart pan. Bake crust for no longer than 15 minutes, and follow the topping, and filling process.

Filling:

8 ounces of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
(at room temperature)
1 cup of sour cream (at room temperature)
7 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. all purpose flour

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, and let it overhang about two inches. Spray the bottom with cooking spray. Mix the cookie mix with the butter and sugar, and pat down into the baking pan with about an inch around the sides. Mix the filling ingredients in a food processor, or blender for about a minute or two till blended and creamy, and pour the filling right over the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and lower the temperature to 325degrees and continue baking for another 25-30 minutes till it gets a little color on the top. Cool, and glaze with melted strawberry jam. Just heat about 1/4 cup of strawberry, or other seedless berry jam, adding the juice of 1 lemon. Spread on cooled bars. Let it chill, and lift out from pan for easy cutting. Garnish with fresh berries. Such an easy, and delicious cheesecake bars, with or without berry topping. It is more dense, than actual cheesecake, but the same taste, especially with the glaze, and topping. Enjoy!

I'm linking this to: Swathi-Hearth and Soul Hop #43

The way I took this photo was to go outside the patio at my daughter's in the late afternoon, not too strong of a sun, and canape cover on top, of patio for nice shade...hanging plant...plate in left hand, and somehow I managed a nice shot. Also, I zoomed the shot in, as well!
You can see the yummy glaze right on top of the cheesecake and not on top of the strawberry slice, which was turned over on the opposite side, which is just as decorative, and artistic if you would leave it whole, cut in half, and glazed...either way, nothing "beats" gorgeous and ripe strawberries, for visual, and tasty effect. Also, notice, fork is on the right side...as opposed to the left side which most people have when they do a close-up shot. It just tells you that I'm right handed, like most people are!
On a lighter note: I will leave you with more photos from my favorite place in our city....within a city, called
City Place
This fabulous gelato shop..Italy, Italy...grandson Luca, already enjoying his gelato...Lora with "black bag" standing in line...her f-in-law Domenico gazing at the many different sweets and gelatos...now, you can enjoy a nice snack, lunch or dinner outside, on the red chairs, with actual white and red linen table cloth lined elegant tables.
Pre-set desserts lined up, and disappearing in no-time...at all!

My choice was the lemon, and raspberry gelato in a cup...every one in the family looking at me all bewildered because they give you such a huge portion...enjoyed every bite of it, so smooth...not too sweet, and so different and much lighter than regular ice cream. My second favorites are the sorbets...Yumm!
The best spot to end up at City Place is by the middle, which is where the fountains are...here's the family...Lora and the rest of them just relaxing and enjoying the view at night. This was last Sunday, and a lot has happened since then. Enjoy your life...these are things in life that are "free"...the view...so breathtakingly beautiful!
Enjoy your loved ones, and your friends...be there for them...always, and tell them how much you love them...if you can't always tell them, give them a HUG, a smile, a nod of approval...a kind word...and for most part, be there for them when they need you. Talking out things always helps...let them know how much you care. We all need to be there for each other...That's Life!
Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends!
xoxo
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43 comments:

  1. So glad to hear that Lora is home and recovering well...I know it's a huge relief. I wish her continued recovery, dear friend! Your cheesecake bars look SO good...and the pictures of those ripe berries are fabulous. Yum...

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  2. I am so, so pleased to hear Lora is doing well and recovering form the surgery.
    The cheesecake bars look wonderful. I also love the gelato place. I can see my favourite flavour... pistachio. Yum.
    Enjoy your Sunday as well Elisabeth.

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  3. This is amazing love the strawberries they really pop! Nice job making my mouth water again and again!

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  4. This is so beautiful! The cheesecake bars looks so delicious.

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  5. This cheesecake looks absolutely delicious with all these strawberries on top. I am glad the life of all of you is getting back to normal again. Have a great day!

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  6. Beautiful photos and those bars, Mmmmmmmm :P

    That shop looks fab, wish there was one like that near me.

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  7. Fantasztikusan szépséges!!!

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  8. strawberries are my favorite fruit! those bars look amazing.

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  9. Oh my gosh those cheesecake bars look AMAZING!

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  10. Those cheesecake bars are beautiful! You are so right about the strawberries- they're gorgeous! So glad Lora is doing well- prayers are on their way for a speedy recovery!

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  11. Super Mama! All you've been going through and you give us this beautiful, fresh, delicious dessert. You ARE Super Woman!

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  12. This cake is amazing. I become a child again in front of a basket of strawberries, I love them. I'd like to have now a slice of this delicious and beautiful cake. Bye, have a great week

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  13. Csodás!!
    Bárcsak lenne már nálunk is friss eper, alig várom.

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  14. Oh, yum!!! Beautiful dessert, Lizzie! Cheesecake and strawberries are one of my favorite combinations...and I couldn't resist if it was served like yours! So glad Lora is home and recovering...I know you will be keeping a close eye on her...it's so tough to see our babies in any pain. Hope this week goes well for you both! xo

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  15. Omg, cake makes me drool, looks out of the world..

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  16. Elizabeth, I hope your daughter is better. I hope you can find the cracker chips they are delicious!

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  17. Imádom az epret, és ez itt valami fantasztikus. Jó lenne, ha ehetnénk már. Persze nem a génkezeltre gondoltam. Csodás fotók. az esti hangulat szintén.

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  18. Elizabeth, So glad to hear that Lara is doing well. As a mother, it is so hard to see your child go through these things. Prayers for a continued recovery. On a lighter note, your photos are so gorgeous! I would love to upgrade my camera…my Christmas wish! Love your strawberry cheesecake bars…they look amazing!

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  19. beautiful strawberry cheesecake!!!!

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  20. I'm glad she is home and on the mend. :)

    Beautiful dessert. I circled the strawberries twice at the store and now I'm wishing I had picked them up. ;)

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  21. Those cheesecake bars look fabulous with those fresh strawberries! And the texture of the cheesecake is so smooth and creamy.
    Now I am off to Lora's page :-)))

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  22. Beautiful photos and delicious-looking bars Elisabeth. So glad Lora is recovering well!

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  23. I am glad that Lora is home and take resting. Your dessert looks awesome I love these cheese cake bars.

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  24. This is a lovely dessert. It looks beautiful and sounds delicious. I'd love to have a serving of it. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. This is such a delicious looking dessert especially since I love cheesecake and strawberries.
    I'm so glad to hear Lora is back home. I continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers wishing for a quick recovery. She is such a strong woman, but I'm sure it helps to have her mom by her side through all of this :o)
    Thank you also for your nice words regarding my surgery. I'm glad it is over as well and I'm recuperating nicely. Hoping to head back into the kitchen in a few days!

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  26. With all the delicious yum-yums you've been whipping up ... she'll gain weight in no time at all! Cheers!

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  27. I love the orange rind in the crust. It would give the cheesecake such a fresh flavor. Lovely recipe.

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  28. lovely dessert and wishes to lora for a quick recovery- god bless !

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  29. Elisabeth, I'm so glad to hear that Lora's surgery went well. I wish her a speedy recovery.
    That is one yummy looking cheesecake. Congrats on your new buy.....the photos are beautiful.

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  30. Elisabeth, I'm so glad your daughter is recovering well. She's far too young to go through something like this but I'm sure with such a lovely, supportive family she will be up and about soon.

    Life really does like to throw us those curve balls doesn't it.

    *hugs*

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  31. Beautiful dessert! Love that you added orange to the crust, it adds such a bright flavor. Hope your daughter is doing well

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  32. My wife and I love strawberries in any way shape or form. Thanks for a great recipe! :-)

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  33. it was such a relief to read that Lora is doing much better and the surgery went well.
    the strawberry cheesecake sound like a great sweet treat. definitely brightens the rainy day we are facing here in Virginia
    thanks for sharing Elisabeth

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  34. So happy that Lora is recovering well. Your cheesecake bars are gorgeous, with I was not allergic to strawberries.
    Hope you are having a good week :)

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  35. I did not know you were Lora's mom...she is fantastic!! I love her blog and I absolutely adore her! Thank goodness that everything is going great!

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  36. Elisabeth, this is gorgeous as always. So sorry I haven't been by recently - or sometimes I am just lurking but not commenting! Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your daughter x

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  37. Oh Elisabeth, I love strawberry and I love cheesecake!
    This is perfect:))
    I hope your doughter is going well.

    Barbara

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  38. first time here..wow strawberry cheesecake bar looks absolutely delicious....so inviting and yummy .....glad to follow u here ....do visit mine whenever u hav time :-)


    http://onlyfishrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  39. Egads! I feel like I must live under a rock. I didn't know you were Lora's mom. I have been following along her story on her blog. I am glad to hear she is doing a little better, slowly recovering.

    Your pictures are beautiful. I love strawberries.

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  40. pure decadence...no other word for it! lemme check back about Lora coz i'm still not clued up wht surgery she had.

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  41. What lovely pictures! And your strawberry cheesecake bars sound wonderful! I am very glad to hear that Lora is home and recovering - I have been following her on Twitter and that is very good to hear. Thinking of you all. Thank you for linking this with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

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  42. These bars look amazing! Love all the strawberries!

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