Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cheesecake Bars GF

It's been awhile since I have done any gluten-free posts but it is a big part of my life as I love food and baking and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 19 years ago. I'm sorry this isn't a great photo but I realized I didn't have one and the dessert was quickly disappearing. I came up with this recipe when I needed to make something for a party and didn't really want to go to the store. We had a ton of fresh berries from our neighbor but not enough to do a cobbler but we did have cream cheese. I tweaked a pecan crust recipe I have used for awhile and combined it with a cheesecake filling I also changed and the result was a big success. 

Pétra's Cheesecake Bars GF!

Filling
2 Eggs
16 oz Cream Cheese softened 
1/2 cup Sour Cream
3/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Crust
2 1/4 cups Pecans 
2/3 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon 
2 tablespoons GF flour mix
1/4-1/2 Butter melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Grind nuts in a food processor to a fine chop but not meal. Add all the dry ingredient's and pulse to blend. Transfer to a bowl and stir in melted butter. Depending on the flour mix you use (I used a little Pamela's pancake mix) and natural oils in the nuts you may choose to add more melted butter until the mix holds shape well. Pat mixture into a 9x13 cake pan and chill in the fridge while you make the filling. 
To help with lumps in your cream cheese smoosh it with a spoon or spatula in the bottom of a medium size bowl. Next add all the other ingredient's and blend with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. I've made this a few times and once I did have small lumps but they disappeared with baking so don't worry if you have some.
Pour filling into prepared crust pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Middle will puff up when it's ready. Remove from oven and cool. Top with your favorite berries, a drizzle of caramel or nothing at all. Enjoy!

Pétra

3 comments:

baukje said...

I will try your recipe, I am a huge cheese cake fan. But the problem is that I cannot eat sugar I am a borderline diabetic(or prediabetic)........

**nicke... said...

i didn't know you have celiac. we are getting my husband tested right now. he has a sister and a cousin that have it. he has been so sick off and on that we are kinda hoping that is what it is...

Pétra said...

It runs in my family as well, I think that's why I was able to get diagnosed so early on and was only sick for a little bit. Good luck and let me know if you need recipes!