Summer Breeze Bars

 

So it may not be summer where you are, but here in toasty Arizona, we have already surpassed the 100 degree mark twice. Heaven help me! I just had to make these Summer Breeze bars to remind me that there are indeed good things about summertime. This is a light, airy, buttery, fruit dessert that will take you back to your childhood. Yum, a family favorite growing up for sure!

SUMMER BREEZE BARS

Crust:

  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 recipe cream cheese filling (see below)
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together 2 cups flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter with fork or pastry blender until mixture clings together. Press into a greased jelly roll pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar and lemon juice. Sift together ¼ cup flour and baking powder and stir into egg mixture. Set aside.

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 6 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

In a mixer, or hand mixer, beat the cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Spread a layer over the baked and cooled crust. Sprinkle blueberries over this layer and cover with set aside egg mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

Yields 30-40 bars

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