Remember this post back in February, when I showed you photos of my house being turned into a filming studio?  And photos of these amazing Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Bars?


Well I’m still getting asked about this recipe, and now 5 months later, I’m finally delivering!  First, grab some popcorn and press play on this little video below, then we’ll talk dessert.  (Or breakfast, or midnight snack.  This is a no-judge zone.)

If you’ve never had an Italian style ricotta cheesecake, it’s different than a traditional cream cheese style one.  Ricotta has a natural texture to it; a little bit of graininess, and pureeing it with sugar until it’s glossy and smooth really helps with the overall texture of these bars, but know that it’s supposed to be different than a normal cheesecake.   Look at the difference though, comparing what ricotta looks like straight out of the container:

Ricotta Before and then after pureeing in in the food processor with some sugar:

Ricotta After
gorgeous, isn’t it?

I love this because it’s a little bit different, and is still creamy and rich without feeling really heavy.  Here’s a couple of tips though, if you’ve never baked ricotta cheesecake:

1.  Do not over-bake.  If anything, under-bake just a little bit.  Over-baking will instantly dry out the cheesecake and cause it to be grainy and crumbly.

2.  Don’t cheat on the chilling.  Chill overnight for the best possible texture.  Since it should be baked super soft, it needs a thorough chilling to not only hold everything together, but to give all of the flavors a chance to marry together.  And boy do they marry.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Bars from OBB

I made this recipe using products from the Simple Truth brand available at Kroger stores (and all stores within the Kroger family; where I live, that’s Fred Meyer.)  I really love Simple Truth products and have been using them long before I partnered up for a few videos, so this was really fun for me.  You can keep up with Simple Truth on Facebook, and check out the great product line at a Kroger store near you!




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