Cherry Ricotta Bars
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Cherry Ricotta Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 24 squares
  • For the cake crust:
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¾ stick of butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 1½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • For the cheese filling:
  • 24 ounces (1 and ½ lb) of ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • juice of one lemon (or juice of just ½ lemon would be good too)
  • For the topping:
  • About 2 cups of pitted fresh cherries, roughly chopped.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric hand mixer, mix the sugar with the eggs until well blended.
  3. Add the softened butter and blend well.
  4. Blend in the rest of the ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
  5. Butter a 9 x 12 or 9 X 13 inch baking pan, and then lightly flour.
  6. Pour the cake mixture in the pan, and flatten it as well as you can with a spoon.
  7. In another bowl, with a hand mixer, blend together all the remaining ingredients for the cheese filling, except the cherries.
  8. Pour the cheese mixture on top of the cake layer of the cake and smooth it flat.
  9. Sprinkle with the chopped cherries.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.
  11. Cool and then refrigerate covered for a few hours or overnight.
Recipe by GINGER WROOT at