Butter Baked Goods and Chocolate Berry Cheesecake Bars

Cookbooks are a great way to recreate the foods from restaurants you’ve loved without necessarily being able to travel there.  I’ve been homesick for Dublin lately and so making sweets from the Avoca and The Cake Cafe Cookbook remind me of my time in college, when I pretty much lived off sweets.  Brown Betty Bakery reminds me of snacking on cupcakes when home from college.

But I love that cookbooks are also a way of visiting bakeries I’ll never have a chance to get to see for myself.  I’ve never been to Vancouver, but the baked goods and marshmallows from Butters Baked Goods are legendary.  So instead of being forced to travel whenever I have a marshmallow craving (thereby totally blowing my budget), a copy of Rosie Daykin’s Butter Baked Goods.

I read a lot of cookbooks, but this one really stood out for me.  I enjoyed the emphasis on breakfast and brunch bakes (not always found in a cookbook, but I cannot wait to try the muffins and particularly the bourbon glazed cinnamon rolls.  Butters is also famous for its gourmet marshmallows, so I was excited to see the recipe for vanilla marshmallows, along with some delicious-looking variations.

There were also some really creative bars and cookies – Beardy Bestie Fran was staying with me for the weekend and so we decided to give the chocolate berry cheesecake bars a go – and I will admit, they powered us through the table seatings.

Chocolate Berry Cheesecake Bars (from Butters Baked Goods)

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 8 ounce package cream cheese

1 300ml can of condensed milk

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups fruit (we used a mix on blueberries and raspberries, but really, you could throw in any berries)

IngredientsPulse together unsalted butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder.  The result should be a texture similar to shortbread.

Pulse together unsalted butter, icing sugar and cocoa powderSpread about 2/3 of the shortbread mixture over a lined 9 x 12 inch casserole dish.  Mine was a bit smaller, so Beardy Bestie Fran just used a bit less mixture.

Spread about 2:3 of the shortbread mixture over a lined 9 x 12 inch casserole dishBake at 170C for 15 minutes, then set aside to cool.  While that is cooling, whip together cream cheese, condensed milk, egg and vanilla.

Whip together cream cheese, condensed milk, egg and vanillaSpread the berries evenly over the shortbread layer and pour the batter over top.

Spread the berries evenly over the shortbread layer and pour the batter over topSprinkle the remaining mixture over top and bake at 170C for about 30 minutes.

Sprinkle the remaining mixture over top and bake at 170C for about 30 minutes.This is a dessert which needs a bit of time to set, so allow it to cool and then refrigerate overnight. Chocolate Berry Cheesecake BarsI received a copy of Butters Baked Goods to review from Random House Canada, but all opinions (and affiliate links) are my own!

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