Saturday, August 30, 2008

Blueberry-Ricotta Squares

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups blueberries
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla

In a small mixer bowl, combine the flour, the 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, shortening, 1 egg, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan; spread evenly. Sprinkle blueberries over batter.

In medium mixing bowl, lightly beat the 2 egss with a fork. Add ricotta cheese, the 1/3 cup sugar, and the 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; beat till combined. Spoon ricotta mixture over blueberries and spread evenly. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Cut into 16 squares. Store bars covered in the refrigerator. Makes 16 servings.