Cream Cheese Apple-Cherry Streusel Bars

Author: Canadian Living

Cream cheese and macerated fruit sandwiched between streusel makes for delicious mouthfuls. For best results, use light-coloured dried apples.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Livng Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2009

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups dried apples chopped
  • 3/4 cups dried sour cherries
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pkgs cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Streusel:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Method

In bowl, toss together apples, cherries, brandy and lemon juice; let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

Streusel: Meanwhile, in bowl, beat together butter, sugar and salt until fluffy; stir in flour until combined. Remove 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) and refrigerate. Press remaining mixture into 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) parchment paper–lined or greased metal cake pan; refrigerate for
15 minutes.

Prick base all over with fork. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden, about 17 minutes. Let cool.

In bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar; beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Spread over base; sprinkle with fruit mixture. Sprinkle with reserved streusel.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool on rack. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.) Cut into bars.

Nutritional facts Per bar: about

  • Sodium 52 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 151.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Potassium 44 mg
  • Cholesterol 30 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 16 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 9.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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