Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Homemade Blueberry and Ricotta Bars

This fresh, homemade dessert combines a layer of soft and moist cake, topped with a rich and delicate ricotta layer,
bursting with fresh, organic blueberries.
Let's have a taste of summer!
This week I got blueberries. In the box of home delivered fruits that I receive once a week from a local farm. I really love this service! The fruit is delicious, locally grown, and organic. And what's even better, every week I'm sure I have enough yummy fruit for my family, even when I don't have time to run to the farmers' market. In my house, fruit is one of those things that, no matter how much I buy, it's never enough ... just like Nutella and ice-cream :)
So every Thursday it's feels like Christmas. Well, Christmas for foodies :) I never know exactly what's inside this box left at my front door. And I can't wait for the guy to drop it off, to open it up and find out!
Today I have a container filled with sweet blueberries. And here is what I made. This delicious dessert that combines a layer of soft and fluffy cake, topped with a moist and rich ricotta cheese layer, bursting with my fresh, organic blueberries. I bake it in a large, rectangular pan, I chill it after baking and cut in squares. Perfect size for a fancy breakfast, a fun mid-morning snack for the kids, or a delicious dessert ... any time of the day really!
You might remember that I posted a similar recipe before, several months ago. This time I made a few changes. As usual, I modify, experiment and try to improve myself. It doesn't necessarily always work. But this time I got a winner. A thicker and richer layer of ricotta that makes the whole bar yummier and moist-ier ;)
Be careful thou! You wont' be able to stop at just one piece. So please, when you bake this (and I know you will once you see how easy it is!) don't tell me I didn't warn you.

And of course, I made a video for you.

Ingredients: to make a 9 x 12 inches cake, cut in about 24 squares
For the bottom cake:                                                 
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (150 gr) of sugar
  • 3 oz (85 gr) of unsalted butter (soften)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups (225 gr) of all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) of salt
  • zest of one lemon
For the top layer:
  • 24 oz (1.5 lb = 680 gr) of ricotta cheese 
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (35 gr) of all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 12 oz (340 gr) of organic fresh blueberries 
Preparation time: 20 minutes to prepare, 50 minutes to bake and one hour or more to chill

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C). In a large bowl, mix the sugar with the eggs until well blended.
2. Blend in the butter (soften - at room temperature).

3: Blend in the rest of the ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
4: Grease a  9 x 12 in baking pan with butter and flour. Pour the mixture in the pan, and flatten it as well as you can with a spoon.
5: In another bowl, blend together all the ingredients for the filling with the exception of the blueberries, which we'll add at the end.

Step 5: Pour the mixture on top of the first layer of the cake. Flatten it. Sprinkle with the blueberries.

Step 6: Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 minutes until slightly golden at the edges and set in the center.. Cool and then refrigerate covered for a few hours or overnight.
Cut into bars and enjoy!


  1. Ciao Manuela, ma che bello qst dolce!!!
    Mi verrebbe da provarlo subito....le rose di mela non mi è stato possibile fotografarle, sono sparite subito, magari la prox volta...un abbraccio dalla calda Pavia...

    1. Haha!!! Grazie!!! Io mi nascondo in cucina con i miei dolcetti e la macchina fotografica. E nessuno può assaggiare finché non ho finito ... Fuorché me ;-)

  2. This dessert looks so tasty! ...I was just saying to someone the other day that I've never cooked with ricotta before so I shall have to try your recipe!

    Cee x

    1. Thank you Cee! I love baking with ricotta cheese! Another one of my favorite dessert is the pear-ricotta tart:

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