White chocolate blackberry cranberry cream bars ohsweetbasil.com

Do. Not. Get. Scared. Sometimes I feel like people tune out or run away scared as soon as an ingredient is introduced that they aren’t familiar with, but guess what, 5 years ago people couldn’t pronounce let alone describe what quinoa was and now most have a favorite recipe that uses it, like our pesto aparagus quinoa. It’s all about giving things a chance and when presented with the opportunity to work with Vermont Creamery on using creme fraiche (it’s like sour cream but has more depth of flavor and is over all more awesome) I pretty much leaped at the chance. We have a creme fraiche cake on our site from a gazillion years ago but I wanted to really get into it with you all and convince you to try it!

White chocolate blackberry cranberry cream bars ohsweetbasil.com

It’s not just a typical sour cream like ingredient, this stuff is fantastic and you’ll even feel fancy when you say, creme fraiche. We chose to make these easy white chocolate cranberry cream bars with it because they get baked and creme fraiche wont curdle over high heat and it works really well sweetened which is what we want in this recipe. The sweet tart crust, sweet cream filling and those tart berries make a match made in heaven.

White chocolate blackberry cranberry cream bars ohsweetbasil.com

I loooooove creamy recipes and while I know someone out there will be tempted to not use what we are recommending I just want you to know that this is like using fresh whipped cream or a tub commonly found in the freezer section. I promise the flavor is going to be all kinds of lovely without even doing anything other than buying one new ingredient.

White chocolate blackberry cranberry cream bars ohsweetbasil.com

So let’s give these a whirl, yes?

Can Blackberries Be Dehydrated?

Blackberries can be dehydrated, but because of the waxy coating on each little globe of juice, the are not quick-drying.

It could take up to 16 hours in your dehydrator to completely dehydrate blackberries.

Are Blackberries Low Sugar?

Blackberries are a low-sugar fruit.

They contain 7 grams of sugar per cup.

Can White Chocolate Be Colored?

Water based food color will destroy white chocolate.

Even a tiny drop of water can make your chocolate gritty and crumbly.

To color your chocolate, you must use powder or oil-based food coloring.

White Chocolate Blackberry Cranberry Cream Bars

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White Chocolate Blackberry Cranberry Cream Bars

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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients 

For the Tart Crust

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter, cold, cut in cubes

For the Berries

  • 1 Cup Blackberries, frozen
  • 2 Cups Cranberries
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour, heaping

For the Filling

  • 8 Ounces Creme Fraiche, Vermont Creamery
  • 3 Large Eggs, plus 1 Egg Yolk, lightly whisked
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

For the Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, cold and cut in cubes
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips

For the Sugared Berries (Optional Garnish)

  • 1 Cup Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate

Instructions

For the Tart

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, cream and vanilla.
    1 Egg Yolk, 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream, 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
  • In a food processor, add the flour, powdered sugar, salt and butter. Pulse a few times until it resembles coarse sand.
    1 1/4 Cups Flour, 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar, 1/4 teaspoon Salt, 8 Tablespoons Butter
  • With the machine on, pour in the egg mixture and continue to run the machine until the dough begins to come together.
  • Create a flat disc with the dough and wrap in saran wrap.
  • Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place parchment paper in an 8×9″ baking dish and press the dough across the bottom.
  • Prick all over with a fork.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven to cool while you proceed with the berries.

For the Berries

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the blackberries, cranberries, sugar, orange juice and flour.
    1 Cup Blackberries, 2 Cups Cranberries, 3/4 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup Orange Juice, 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • Stir everything together and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down to a simmer and allow to cook for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries have burst and the mixture is beginning to thicken.
  • Place in a strainer bowl to release any excess juice so the bars will set up, and put in the fridge to cool.
  • Turn the oven down to 350. Proceed to make the cream filling.

For the Cream Filling

  • Begin the filling by whisking together the creme fraiche, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, flour, orange juice and vanilla.
    8 Ounces Creme Fraiche, 3 Large Eggs, 2 Cups Sugar, 3/4 Cup Flour, 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice, 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Pour onto the baked tart crust.
  • Remove the berry mixture from the fridge and scoop large spoonfuls over the creme fraiche and then use a spatula to swirl everything together.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Make the streusel topping while it bakes.

For the Streusel Topping

  • Combine the flour, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl and then cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or fork.
    1/2 Cup Flour, 2 Tablespoons Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar, 1/4 Cup Butter
  • When the bars are done with their 30 minutes of baking, remove from the oven and cover with the streusel topping.
  • Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the top is beginning to turn golden.  The center will still be a little jiggly.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Allow the bars to cool for 30 minutes then place in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set up.
  • For serving, melt the white chocolate at 15 second intervals, stirring each time.
    1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • Drizzle over the bars and sprinkle with sugared berries.

For the Sugared Berries

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
    1/4 Cup Sugar, 1/4 Cup Water
  • Add the cranberries and toss to coat.
    1 Cup Cranberries
  • Spread over a cooling rack for 1 hour.
  • Place the cranberries in a bowl with the 1/3 cup sugar and toss to coat.
    1/3 Cup Sugar
  • Serve over the bars.
    1 Cup White Chocolate

Notes

store in an airtight container

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 668kcalCarbohydrates: 107gProtein: 7gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 200mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 2gSugar: 84gVitamin A: 523IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Best Brownies and Bars Recipes

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