Sunday, January 20, 2013

White Chocolate Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake Bars

Want to be a hero at your next gathering? Make these cheesecake bars. The combo of lime, strawberry, and white chocolate is outstanding. The bars are creamy, slightly tart, really really good, oh, and super easy to make. You don't even have to turn on the oven. Feel free to keep that info to yourself and just bask in the praise and adoration from the lucky recipients of these bars.  Big pay off for minimal effort...pretty perfect!

White Chocolate Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake Bars

For the filling:

6 ounces high-quality white chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Zest of 2 small limes
1 cup thinly sliced strawberries

For the crust:
1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

Line 8x8x2-inch square baking pan with foil, extending over all sides. Mix all the crust ingredients together. Press firmly into the prepared pan. Chill for about 15 minutes in the freezer or 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Place the white chocolate into a microwave safe bowl. Put your bowl in the microwave and heat for about 1 minute. Stir. (Your chocolate will not look melted until you stir it.) If still lumpy, heat in 15-30 second intervals until it stirs smooth and creamy. Do not overheat or chocolate will burn and be unusable. Set aside while you make the filling.
Beat whipping cream in medium bowl until peaks form, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the sugar, lime juice, and lime peel, beat until smooth. Beat in the melted white chocolate. Fold in whipped cream in 2 additions. Gently fold in the sliced strawberries. Spread the mixture onto the prepared graham cracker crust. Smooth the top with an off-set spatula or knife. Chill until filling is slightly firm, at least 2 hours. Using the foil, lift cheesecake out of pan. Cut into 9 pieces for large bars. Garnish with chocolate curls and sliced strawberries, if desired.

These cheesecake bars would make the perfect Valentine's dinner dessert!


Anonymous said...

They are beautiful! The color combination is so light and makes me smile. The flavors sound fantastic, too! I'll definitely be trying this recipe out when strawberries come back into season. Thank you! :)

Becs @ Lay the table said...

Wow they look delicious, I love anything that involves cheesecake!

Jemma said...

These are beautiful-perfect for any Spring gathering-thank you for sharing!

bellini said...

I am dreaming of sun ripened strawberries and these would curb my cravings.

Danelle M said...

These look amazing! Perfect for Valentine's Day.

grace said...

white chocolate and strawberry, that's a pair i know and love. sneaking in some lime? i like the idea!

Bob said...

They look delicious!

kellypea said...

Well these look delicious. I've been craving cheesecake and strawberries. What a great combo.

GK said...

I made these for my neighborhood ladies group this week and they were a big hit. Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful and tempting photographs.