It is the pick-your-own season in the UK and that means exploring the local area and for our first time heading out and picking our own. Goslings Farm in Trimley St Martin will be close to our new home and as they have strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, and blackberries as well as vegetables it was about time the kids got to enjoy this summer tradition and I got to get creative in the kitchen. Late June and Early July is Strawberry and Raspberry season and apart from growing your own, there is nothing that beats the freshness of picking them from the farm. So time to make some Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars.

Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.

Two kids mean doubles the amount of fruit picked as I really don’t like confrontation from the kids, and I know that some of the ones that they pick as they go through the lines may not be the best quality but will be ideal for jam making and some fantastic jam splogger cookies.

Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.

With two punnets of raspberries and two punnets of strawberries we arrived home and I got baking – a delicious Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bar with a Gingernut Crust. My willing guinea pigs a group of friends of mine gave it a 10 out of 10 so I couldn’t help but share it with you as well.

Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.


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Now if you haven’t tried a cheesecake bar before it’s a baked cheesecake so more of a traditional cheesecake than the no-bake ones that I tend to make when it’s my turn to provide dessert for family or friends. Unlike a lot of cheesecake recipes, these use no gelatin to firm up the cheesecake which means they are vegetarian-friendly as well.

Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.

Ingredients for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

100g Gingernut Biscuits

50g Unsalted Butter

2 Vanilla Pods

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

450g Cream Cheese

2 Medium Eggs

100g of Caster Sugar

200g Raspberries

Step by Step Making Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

  1. Line an 8 inch square tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Crush up 100g of Gingernut biscuits so that they are breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Melt the butter over a medium heat.
  4. When all the butter is melted pour into the gingernut crumbs and mix.Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
  5. Add the gingernut butter mix to the bottom of the baking tin and flatten down.
  6. Put in the fridge for 20 – 30 mins to harden.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 170C
  8. In a mixer add the cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla beans and vanilla extract.Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
  9. Mix well until the mixture forms soft peaks and is creamy.Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
  10. Add on top of the gingernut crumb base.Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
  11. Scatter the raspberries on top of the vanilla cheesecake mix and press in a few.Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
  12. Place on the middle shelf of the oven for between 20 and 30 minutes until the centre is just wobbly.
  13. Leave to cool.
  14. Remove from the baking tin using the greaseproof paper.
  15. Once cool place in the fridge for at least 3 hours – the longer the better.Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
  16. Cut up into bars and Enjoy!

Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.


Use strawberries from pick your own to create two delicious recipes – strawberry mousse and strawberry muffins


Delicious summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust

Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Delicious easy summer dessert recipe for Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a gingernut crust. Ideal for BBQ's, potlucks and picnics.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

  • 100 g Gingernut Biscuits
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Vanilla Pods
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 450 g Cream Cheese
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 100 g of Caster Sugar
  • 200 g Raspberries

Instructions

  • Line an 8 inch square tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Crush up 100g of Gingernut biscuits so that they are breadcrumb consistency.
  • Melt the butter over a medium heat.
  • When all the butter is melted pour into the gingernut crumbs and mix.
  • Add the gingernut butter mix to the bottom of the baking tin and flatten down.
  • Put in the fridge for 20 - 30 mins to harden.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170C
  • In a mixer add the cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla beans and vanilla extract.
  • Mix well until the mixture forms soft peaks and is creamy.
  • Add on top of the gingernut crumb base.
  • Scatter the raspberries on top of the vanilla cheesecake mix and press in a few.
  • Place on the middle shelf of the oven for between 20 and 30 minutes until the centre is just wobbly.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Remove from the baking tin using the greaseproof paper.
  • Once cool place in the fridge for at least 3 hours - the longer the better.
  • Cut up into bars and Enjoy!
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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