Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rhubarb Cheesecake Squares

There are some days it's really tough to be a good Christian.

Please know that I'm not about to ram religion down your throat. Yes, I personally have a very strong faith and I do my best to follow God's word and be the person I know He would want me to be, but I am in no way, shape, or form this perfect Christian, nor do I pretend I am, NOR do I like to get all up in your grill about it. I also find with faith, one can catch more wasps with juice boxes. (Yes, wasps to juice boxes. 'Flies with honey' is a confusing concept to me. I'm sure it happens, but I've never seen it. Why could it not have been, "You could catch more bears with honey". Bears love honey. It's everywhere. Story books, honey bottles. Why flies? But wasps zipping around juice boxes? By the hiveful my friend. BY. THE. HIVEFUL.) 

ANYWAY, the days I'm talking about are those where people push the envelope so far, one is left with hundreds of proverbial paper cuts. The days where one walks outside to find that, YET AGAIN, the neighbour one shares a 20 foot lawn span has decided to mow only his half, leaving one's side in a SEA of dandelions, even though one runs the mower over his patch EVERY TIME one pulls one's mower out to keep the lawn looking consistent. Or seeing a mother pull into a parking spot designated for parents with small children, only to find she has her teenage daughter and, I assume, her daughter's teenage friend in tow. Or when one takes one's kids to the local frozen yogurt joint and several 20-something hipsters march in behind and literally push and shove past one, nudging one's two-year-old against the wall, leaving him to scream bloody murder, while these same kids roll their eyes at one as if one is the bad Mom, and THEN as if that isn't enough frustration, bumping into someone one really dislikes at the same said frozen yogurt shop and one has to play niceties for the sake of the children watching, even though one would really rather jab a fork in one's eye. Twice.

Yeah. Way to test one's faith. All in one day. 

These are the moments you have to take a really deep breath and exhale it all out. Try not to lose one's cool. Try not to high five someone. In the face. With a chair. Incredible Hulk style. On steroids.

If you figure out to remain cool as a cucumber in situation like these, please let me know. 

In the meantime, THEEEESE. 


For the shortbread crust:

½ cup butter, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt

For the cheesecake filling:

1 8-ounce/250g block cream cheese, at room temperature 
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into small pieces

For the topping:

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup large flake oats
½ cold butter, cut into cubes
pinch of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare an 9-inch square baking pan by lining with parchment paper. 

To make topping:

In a small bowl, whisk together flour and sugar and oatmeal. Add in butter. Using a fork, incorporate butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

To make crust:

In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add in salt and flour. Beat until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into prepared pan. Randomly prick fork into bottom. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

To make cheesecake filling:

In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar. Add in vanilla extract and egg. 

Beat until incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as you do. 

Pour filling into baked shortbread crust, smoothing with an offset spatula. 

Place rhubarb over top, ensuring entire top is covered. Gently press rhubarb down into filling with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle topping over rhubarb. 

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Cheesecake filling will jiggle a bit in the middle when it's done. It will set as it cools. 

Once it comes to room temperature, place in the refrigerator for about 2-4 hours. Cut into squares. 

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15 Responses to “Rhubarb Cheesecake Squares”

  1. These sound WONDERFUL! I am really sad that I forgot to buy rhubarb yesterday. I went to a different supermarket I am not used to so it completely slipped my mind! Can't wait to try this recipe! :)

    1. When you get a chance, buy it. It's the bees knees. No pun intended in relation to the post. Ha! XO

    2. I have no idea if they sell it at the Farmer's Market here but I am going this weekend so I am definitely looking! Oh! And picking up a jar of local Alabama honey for you too! :)

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    1. Thanks Kat! I love rhubarb too. My MIL mentioned that back in England, it used to grow wild and in abundance in a field across the street from their house. I have to buy it in the stores for like $7 per pound. Ugh.

  3. So if there is any of this left, we need to get together pronto. hehe

    1. You're a rock star. Unfortunately, the pan was left rocking in its wake once I told my family they could eat it. Vultures. XO

  4. I hate having days like that! I think when you next experience the nasty neighbor's antics you must run inside and eat a large serving of this yummy treat to put a smile back on your face! YUM!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could link up this post to my weekly Say G'Day Linky party. It has just started and this would be a great addition.

    Best wishes for a lovely week,
    Natasha in Oz

    1. I like the way your mind works, Natasha! Thanks for stopping by! XO

  5. I have a rhubarb plant in my back yard. Can't wait to try this recipe.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! Please let me know how it is once you do try it! XO

  6. This sounds like a great combination! I love rhubarb. Found you at Marvelous Mondays!

  7. Holy moly do these bars sound amazing! I need to track down some rhubarb and whip these up ASAP!

  8. Yum! I love the combination of something creamy with rhubarb! I hope your day improved with these bars cuz they sound delicious.

  9. I struggle with being a good Christian every day. I work with people I hate. Serious idiots. I even work with one guy who calls himself Christian but acts so differently. Ugh. That guy makes me so mad. And I love to talk about how ridiculous he is with a fellow co-worker. It's so so so bad. And every night,as part of my prayers, I recall the times when I wasn't the best version of myself that day. Monday-Friday, I have a long list of the ways I sinned. But, on the weekends, I'm not so bad because I'm surrounded by my wonderful family & friends.
    I can keep praying to change my ways, but change comes from me, not God. It's so hard, isn't it?
    Sorry I just unloaded my current state of faith on you!

    These bars look great! I love rhubarb!