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I was in a pinch and needed a quick dessert. I had no time to run to the store to purchase something and besides, the dessert couldn’t be ordinary. It had to look like I spent my day baking and not blogging. It had to have a wow factor. I searched my cupboards and freezer for ingredients that I could use to throw something together and this is what I cam up with. It was fast. It was easy. It has bursts of flavor from fresh ingredients and comes together with complimentary components. This recipe is also quite convenient because the individual ingredients can be stored in the refrigerator making it easy to make one plate at a time. This perfect all around dessert is zesty lemon bars with cream cheese filling and mixed berry compote.

Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese and Wild Berry Compote #recipe  @dapperhouse

Recipe for Lemon Bars: 

Use your favorite recipe for lemon bars. I used a quick mix from a box to save lots of time!

Recipe for Cream Cheese Filling: 

  • whipped cream cheese
  • fresh juice from a lemon wedge
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

Recipe for Fruit Compote: 

Add all ingredients to a saucepan on medium heat and stir occasionally until mixture comes to a boil.

  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berrries
  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • dash of salt


HOw to plate zesty lemon bars with cream cheese and sweet berry compote #recipe @dapperhouse

Tip: Another way to prepare the cream cheese filling if you have more time is to whip together:  8 oz. of cream cheese, 1/8 cup of powdered sugar, 1 TBS lemon zest and the juice from a half of a lemon. 

Lemon Bars with Cream Cheese and Berry Sauce @dapperhouse

TIP: For an even more amazing and thicker topping, add a teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 tsp. of Grand Marnier to the mix from the beginning. 

Tart Lemon Bar with Cream Cheese and Sweet Fruit Compote jenny at dapperhouse #recipe #dessert

This dessert is so easy and delicious!
I hope that you get a chance to make it for a special occasion.