THIS RECIPE IS NOT GLUTEN FREE AS WRITTEN. I WILL CONVERT AND UPDATE SOON.
Changes are coming…
Before I get to these delicious very berry phyllo bars, I’d like to announce we have made a big decision this week as a family. After being in our home for almost three years, it is time for more space. My husband is extremely ready to get going with the house hunting. I’m a little less gun ho. I love my neighbors currently and this is my son’s home. He has his playmates close and its so nice being able to shoot a text to my neighbor and meet in the backyard for a play date. I don’t even have to clean my house for her to come over! lol. All you stay at home mom’s know what I mean! It seems absurd, but a lot of times we rush to clean our house before other mom’s come over with their little’s for a play date. Afterward, we have to clean again anyways. Ugh, redundant.
Anyone’s toddler clean up after themselves?
As a side note, does anyone’s toddler clean up completely and correctly? If so, please email me you exact routine and how you have achieved this monumentous goal because I’m failing miserably in this department. Logan is getting much better, but still he’s only three years old. Not a whole lot can keep his attention for long. Certainly not cleaning. Honestly, it doesn’t really hold my attention either, only sheer willpower gets it done!
Selling vs. Renting Out
On the plus side I think we are keeping our current house and renting it out when we move. I’m so happy I don’t have to worry about contingent sales or showing my house. Major kudos and admiration for all the mamma’s that have little ones and keep their houses pristine for showings. As if your life isn’t hectic enough with kids and trying to get ready for a move. Great job!
Guys, I’m picky…
Now, about finding a new house. I’m picky guys and I love my current floor plan. I just wish it had a second story. The ranch style just isn’t a favorite of mine. I have a husband who works from home and when he is on a conference call and my toddler is playing and being loud on the other side of the wall things get difficult. No one wants to hear a toddler’s meltdown when talking to their web developer.
It’s all about that kitchen
I obviously want a great kitchen. Space is a must and great appliances are non negotiable. An outdated kitchen is not going to fly. My other need, OK, want is a laundry room. Laundry closets are horrible! Only small washer and dryers fit and with a family you really have a lot of laundry to do. A utility room/laundry just makes life easier. A big washer and dryer means less loads for this mom. A utility room (hopefully) means no more piles of shoes stacked at my front door too. Muddy shoes can go there and be out of the way! WooHoo!
Very Berry Phyllo Bars
Speaking of kitchens, I need to get back to these very berry phyllo bars. This recipe is similar to last week’s Blue Raspberry Cheesecake Turnovers. They both were made and tested the same day to be my 4th of July recipe. They both were so good I just couldn’t choose. Neither could anyone else I asked. So….You get both! And I ate a ton…oops. I would like to send a shout to my neighbor who so graciously took the leftovers off my hands and saved me from loads of guilt. Let’s be real. I was not going to the gym to work them off so I wasn’t going to feel good about eating the whole sheet of bars myself!
The filling and the cheesecake layer are actually the same recipe. Blue Raspberry Cheesecake Turnovers are made with puff pastry in lieu of phyllo pastry sheets. It’s actually a great way to switch it up and offer guests two desserts instead of one. All with virtually no extra work from you. Sounds good, huh? You look like a kitchen goddess and no one is any wiser. Just don’t tell! They will never know you didn’t slave all day in the kitchen and had time for a nap! To make both just make the filling recipe as is and use half of it for turnovers and half for the very berry phyllo bars. There will be 1 sheet of very berry phyllo bars and 4 (more if you cut them smaller) blue raspberry cheesecake turnovers.
Let’s get baking these very berry phyllo bars
To prep, preheat oven to 350 degrees and thaw phyllo sheets. When pastry sheets are thawed, separate and spray them with Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray, 4.7 Fluid Ounce“>avocado oil. You don’t have to spray each layer, but every few is what I usually aim for and it turns out well. about 1/3 of the way through your phyllo layers, add your cheesecake filling (below). Add a few more layers of oiled phyllo sheets and add your berry filling (below). Oil and layer the rest of your pastry sheets. Be sure and give the top layer a good spray so it will crisp.
To make the berry filling, gather your ingredients and wash the berries. Once washed, the berries go into a small pan with sugar, brown sugar, butter, LorAnn Oils Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste, 4 Ounce, Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon, 2.08 Ounce, and lemon juice. Allow this to cook down until the berries break down and the mixture thickens. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and cook until consistency thickens further. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
Gather the cream cheese, vanilla bean paste, sugar, egg, and cinnamon. With a mixer, mix cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add egg and mix. Now add the vanilla and Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon, 2.08 Ounce and mix thoroughly. The fruit mixture and cheesecake mixture are now ready.
Into the oven they go…
And out they come in 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with powdered sugar, blueberries, and raspberries. Voila! Cut and serve. Be ready for the praise, these ARE that good! Enjoy!
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
|Prep Time||20 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
- 1 tbsp butter room temp
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup Brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- Take out phyllo dough, cream cheese, and butter to thaw/soften
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a pan, add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, berries, lemon juice, and cinnamon
- Cook about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit breaks down and the filling thickens
- Stir in the cornstarch and cook for another 5 minutes or so until filling is nice and thick
- Take off heat and set aside to cool
- While the berry filling is cooling gather the cheesecake ingredients
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar
- Mix with hand mixer until creamy
- Add egg and vanilla
- Mix until creamy; set aside
- Gather your fillings, phyllo dough, and avocado oil spray
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
- Spray phyllo sheets (a few at a time) with avocado oil and place (in a stack) on baking sheet
- When you have sprayed and layered 1/3 of the dough spread 1/2 the cheesecake filling over the top phyllo sheet
- Continue spraying and layering phyllo sheets until you have a about 15 or so sheets over the cheesecake filling
- Spread the 1/2 berry filling over the phyllo dough
- Spray and layer the remaining phyllo dough
- Repeat process for second baking sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
- Allow to cool
- Garnish with powdered sugar, raspberries, and blueberries
- Cut each pastry into 12 bars and serve
Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.July 3, 2017
Looks yummy! Your pictures are beautiful.
Leslie MorrisonJuly 3, 2017
Thank you so much! Your s’mores cupcakes look amazing! They will be on my shortlist of things to bake!
Samantha LeeJuly 4, 2017
This looks so delicious! I want to try this recipe out. 🙂
Leslie MorrisonJuly 4, 2017
Let me know what you think!
AniaJuly 4, 2017
Wow! These look absolutely delicious and mouth-watering! I am going to have to try making them!
Leslie MorrisonJuly 4, 2017
Thank you so much! If you make them let me know your thoughts!
Betty DaviesJuly 20, 2017
Yum! these sound amazing! They look so pretty too!
Leslie MorrisonJuly 20, 2017
Thank you! They are delish!
EmilyJuly 20, 2017
Good luck with the house hunting, these berry bars look absolutely delish!
Leslie MorrisonJuly 20, 2017
TaraJuly 24, 2017
Good luck in house hunting! We are renting for now since we move every 2-4 years. These phyllo bars look incredible! I absolutely love the texture.
Leslie MorrisonJuly 25, 2017
Caroline @ Pinch Me, I'm Eating!July 26, 2017
These look so good! Good luck with the house hunt! That’s nice that you are renting out your current house instead of selling. I love our current house so much that if we move someday that might be something to consider…
Marlee BradyJuly 29, 2017
This looks like an absolutely delicious recipe! I will have to try this!
Angela TolsmaAugust 29, 2017
You should totally build a house, vs trying to find something that will work! Though I am sure you’ve looked into that, it’s totally what I want to do because I know building something already there will not make me fully happy. I have never worked with phyllo pastry sheets, I’ve always thought they were intimating and hard!But this sounds sooo good I might have to try it.
lydia jeanAugust 29, 2017
this looks so delicious! I’ve never even had phyllo but yum!!
JiselleAugust 29, 2017
This recipe seems so delicious! Definitely going to save this and try it soon. Also, good luck with your move 🙂
Jane Davidson | Typically JaneAugust 29, 2017
Pinning! These look amazing! Thank you for the recipe! These will be perfect for Labor Day!
Cecilia C. CannonAugust 29, 2017
this looks so good and perfect for this weekend. I know I can bake this since I don’t have to make the “crust,” I am not a huge baker. 🙂
AlexandraAugust 29, 2017
These look incredible. But I’ve never even heard of “vanilla bean paste”. I must live under a rock. Seaking of living – good luck with the house hunt!
BreAugust 29, 2017
My mouth is watering! I’m gonna have to try this!
Amber NelsonAugust 29, 2017
Those look super delicious! I really want to try that recipe. i bet my kids would love those!
Ana De- JesusAugust 29, 2017
Its tough to say what would be my favourite holiday desert but I like the sound of these berry phyllo bars they look delicious. So full of flavour x
Terri SteffesAugust 29, 2017
These sound dreamy. I love the flaky layers of dough. The filling sounds amazing too. The sweet/tart thing does it for me every time.
Leslie MorrisonAugust 30, 2017
Me too! I love sweet and tart ANYTHING!
Jessica TerryAugust 30, 2017
I feel your pain. We have outgrown our home as well and I am ready to move up but hubby is not at all on board. I need more space and with 5 kids, we are getting a little cramped in our current space right now. Your pictures are amazing! P.S. I have a toddler too and he is my fourth toddler and I still don’t have any ideas on getting them to clean up after themselves (and it doesn’t get easier lol)
Leslie MorrisonAugust 30, 2017
Hmm…So, what I’m getting out of this is grab a cup of coffee and just accept that I’ll be stepping on legos for a while? lol
Jordan BAugust 30, 2017
These look DIVINE. I am so making these my next baking project. That phyllo paired with the berries and cheesecake filling looks unreal. Thanks for sharing!
annaAugust 30, 2017
I feel like I need these in my life right now!!! Oh my goodness they look amazing!
Carrie & ShannonAugust 30, 2017
Wow, this looks AMAZING! I might have to try this out this weekend at my family’s big reunion breakfast!
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LindseyAugust 30, 2017
amazing post!! i would also love advice on how to get your toddler to help clean up! so, if you get any fee free to pass it along 🙂
Krystal // The Krystal DiariesAugust 30, 2017
Good luck with your house hunting! It can be so fun but so stressful too. These phyllo bars look absolutely delicious!
Robin RueAugust 30, 2017
I love anything that has to do with berries! This looks like it would be such a delicious treat.
Jereann ZannAugust 30, 2017
These phyllo bars look amazingly delicious! Hope you find your dream home complete with an awesome kitchen and laundry room!
Cindy IngallsAugust 30, 2017
Those bars look heavenly. I love the light texture of phyllo dough. It pairs so nicely with a rich, creamy filling. One of my favorite holiday treats is apple cake. It’s something my mom used to make all the time.
JeanAugust 30, 2017
Oh my gosh, these look so good! I would defintiely like to try and make them for myself. Good luck for the house hunting by the way, an exciting but slightly stressful time for you. I hope you find your perfect place 🙂
SylviaAugust 30, 2017
This looks so good. There is a local bakery that makes a cake called the Berry Napoleon and it looks like a bunch of these Very Berry Phyllo Bars stacked on top of each other. If these are anything like that, they are unreal.
JeanineAugust 30, 2017
These look delicious and good luck with finding a new home!! Sounds exciting and will be a fun chapter in your life I’m sure!
amandaAugust 30, 2017
ALWAYS looking for good phyllo ideas. These look great!!
HeatherAugust 31, 2017
My two year old daughter loves clean up time so much. She enjoys it so much that she actually makes but giant messes just to be able to clean up. Those berry phyllo bars look fabulous!!
Renee @ The Good Hearted WomanAugust 31, 2017
First, it is totally normal that your toddler doesn’t deep clean after every play day 😉 Second, I am totally with you about the kitchen space. A few years ago, we downsized dramatically, and the only thing I really miss about our previous way-too-big home is the kitchen. (Those berry phyllo bars look amazing, btw. )
NaililSeptember 1, 2017
I am the worse with sweets and this looks so amazing, I may just have to make it.