Wednesday, September 2, 2009

LEMON & ROSE CHEESECAKE BARS

Barbara at the great "Winos And Foodies" blog is a very kind, courageous and strong woman from Australia who has kicked cancer in it's butt and celebrated it with other bloggers in July. And man, we are all so relieved that she finished her chemo treatment!

Every year, Barbara is organi
ses an event called "A Taste Of Yellow" in order to support LiveSTRONG Day . This time it will occur on the 2nd of October 2009 in order to coincide with the date Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago..

She is asking all (food)bloggers to take part in the round-up by making a dish that should contain some yellow (banana, cheese, saffron, etc...). Closing day is September the 13th 2009, but I guess that if you ask her politely, she will accept your recipe even if you send it two or three days later (Email your entries to her at atasteofyellowATgmailDOTcom)...

Although you might find the subject a little redundant, today I will be presenting yet another "Cookie Bar" recipe...

I'm awfully sorry for always blogging about this Anglo-Saxon and for sounding like a scratched CD, but "Slices" are like the Holy Grail to me. I can't help baking them on a regular basis as
as they are so scrumptious, easy to make and versatile. I just cannot go through a month without testing a new "Square" recipe.

As I had quite a few cartons cream cheese in my fridge (bought on sale) and since I had been craving cheesecake lately, I thought that I could make "Cheesecake Bars". So, I went on the net looking for recipes and I came across Martha Stewart's delicious "Lemon Cheesecake Squares".

This basic recipe is great as it can be played around wi
th to suit individual cravings of the moment and one can customize it to his'/her's liking. That's exactly what I wanted to do.

I didn't have any Graham Crackers at home, so I used Lotus Caramelised Biscuits from Belgium. I ommited the lemon juice as well as the lemon zest. Instea
d, I flavored my cream cheese filling with lemon extract, vanilla and ground dried rosebuds. Luckily, that combination worked fine and my "Lemon & Rose Cheesecake Bars" were delightful.

The cookie base is deliciously caramell
y, slightly salty and crunchy, and the cream cheese filling is delicately fragrant and creamy-textured. Those bars are fabulous, especially if served with a not-too-sweet seasonal "Cinnamon Prune Compote".

A dessert item that is extremely irresistible and so tooths
ome!

~ Lemon & Rose Cheesecake Bars ~
Recipe by
Martha Stewart and adpted by Rosa @ Rosa's Yummy Yums.

Makes 16 squares.

Ingredients for the "Crust":
1 1/4 Cups (145g) Lotus caramel cookies (or Graham Crackers), finely powdered
2 Tbs (30g) Castor sugar
3 Tbs (45g) Unsalted butter, melted
1 Pinch Sea salt
Ingredients for the "Filling":
480g (2x 8 oz) Cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 Cup (158g) Castor sugar
1/2 Tbs Flour
1 Pinch Sea salt
2 Large eggs, at room temperature
2 Dried rosebuds, powdered in a mortar
1/2 Tsp Pure vanilla extract
2-3 Drops Lemon extract


Method for the "Crust":
1. Preheat oven to 170° C (325° F).
2. Butter a 22 X 22cm (8-inch) square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
3. In a food processor, blend cookies/crackers w
ith sugar and salt until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse until moistened.
4. Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and pat in gently.
5. Bake until beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes
.
6. Let cool on a rack.
Method for the "Filling":
7. Place cream cheese in food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
8. Add sugar, flour, salt, eggs, rosebud powder, vanilla, lemon e
xtract and blend until smooth.
9. Pour mixture onto hot crust in pan and smooth the top.
10. Bake until set (filling should jiggle only slightly when pan is gently shake
n), 30 to 35 minutes.
11. Cool completely in pan.
12. Cover very loosely with plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 12 hours.

Remarks:
The longer the cheesecake squares are chilled, the bet
ter, so don't be hasty.
Keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Serving suggestions:

Serve with a cinnamon prune/plum compote.


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~ Carrés De Cheesecake Au Citron Et A La Rose ~
Recette de
Martha Stewart, adaptée par Rosa @ Rosa's Yummy Yums.

Pour 16 carrés.

Ingrédients pour la "Croute":
1 1/4 Cups (145g) de Biscuits Lotus au caramel (ou de Graham Crackers), réduits en poudre
2 CS (30g) de Sucre cristallisé
3 CS (45g) de Beurre non-salé, fondu
1 Pincée de Sel de mer
Ingrédients pour la "Garniture":
480g de Cream cheese, à température ambiante
158g de Sucre cristallisé
1/2 CS (7.5g) de Farine
1 Pincée de Sel de mer
2 Gros oeufs, à température ambiante
2 Boutons de rose, réduits en poudre (dans un mortier)
1/2 CC d'Extrait de vanille pure
2-3 Gouttes d'extrait de citron

Méthode pour la "Croûte":
1. Préchauffer le four à 170° C (325° F).

2. Beurrer un moule de 22 X 22 cm et recouvrir le fond de papier sulfurisé.
3. Passer les biscuits/crackers avec le le sucre et le sel au mixer, puis ajouter le beurre et pulser jusqu'à ce que le tout soit bien humide.

4. Mettre ce mélange dans le moule et applatir avec les doigts.
5. Cuire pendant 10 à 12 minutes.
6. Laisser refroidir sur une grille.

Méthode pour la "Garniture":
7. Mettre le cream cheese dans un batteur électrique et mixer afin qu'il devienne crémeux.
8. Ajouter le sucre, la farine, le sel, les oeufs, la poudre de boutons de rose, la vanille et l'extrait de citron, puis mixer jusqu'à ce que le tout soit homogène.

9. Verser ce méalnge sur la croûte et lisser.
10. Cuire
30 à 35 minutes, jusqu'à ce que la garniture soit figée (la garniture devrait légèrement trembloter quand le moule est secoué).
11. Faire refroidir (dans le moule).

12. Couvrir avec un film alimentaire et mettre au frigo au moins 12 heures.

Remarques:
Plus vous laisser ces carrés au frigo, plus ils seront meilleurs, alors ne soyez pas trop pressés.
Ils se gardent jusqu'à 5 jours au frigo.

Idées de présentation:
Servez ces carrés avec une compote de questches aromatisée à la cannelle et à la vanille.


107 comments:

  1. Oh oh ! Rosa ! Je prends ton interprétation de cette recette : j'ai des invités samedi et du temps vendredi ! Et puis aussi un certain stock de boutons de rose à passer... Tout pour moi ! Merci

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  2. Lemon and rosebuds sound like such a beautiful combination. Your bar looks fabulous. I looked at a packet of dried rosebuds the other day, got complete sticker shock and quietly put then down again :)

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  3. Rosa, Hhow could be ever complain about the wonderful bars you create ? I love bars too anyway so I'm more than happy to dream on your photos ! I've never tried rose buds you really push me to do it !!

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  4. gorgeous rosa. i love these kind of bars - if you like this you'll like my lemon curd cheesecake bars too!

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  5. C'est superbe tout ce que j'aime, bravo !

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  6. Rosa! What a fabulous idea to combine roses and cheesecake. I have some rose petal jelly that would be lovely served with slices of creamy cheesecake as an elegant dessert... thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Une merveille ! C'est dommage qu'on ne puisse pas sentir les doux parfums de rose à travers l'écran.
    A bientôt

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  8. C'est comment dire ..... délicat, aérien,TENTANT !

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  9. Une merveille ce cheesecake ! Waouh !
    Bises.

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  10. I bet the addition of rose buds was fantastic. Sounds like such a delightful treat :)

    Katie xox

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  11. ça doit se manger sans faim et tellement vite et bien ?! bon je me sers alors ...

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  12. Superbes photos... Marrant comme les bars deviennent des carrés ! Leur parfum doit être délicieusement envoûtant...

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  13. truly beautiful rosa! i love anything rose. they always have such a lovely fragrance and flavour. x

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  14. Rosa, I can never get sick of your slices...always delicious and very creative! I love the combination you've used here...the dried rose buds are fantastic!

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  15. ta recette est adotée merci pour le partage! Pierre

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  16. Tes carrés ont l'air délicieux!! miam miam...:)

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  17. Lemon and rose combination must be very aromatic :)

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  18. Déjà que c'est extra mais avec la compotée...je succombe!

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  19. That rose tea flower is such a perfect touch!

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  20. I would never get tired of reading your blog posts even if you baked a slice everyday!

    These look fantastic and I think using the lotus biscuits will give such a wonderful flavour - scrumptious!

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  21. These bars are amazing and look delicious Rosa, I love them! cheers!
    Gloria

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  22. Bonjour,

    Très originale cette recette, cela me semble délicieux, très belles photos,by

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  23. tout simplement diabolique.....miammm

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  24. I love bar cookies as well - especially an extremely irresistible bar like this one!

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  25. Totally delicious! Little individual servings of cheesecake, what could be better than that?

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  26. Ooooo.... Rosa, lovely and oh-so-delicious looking!

    I love your photos, too. This is even a refreshing post to read.

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  27. Mmmm, I love rose flavored deserts! This looks delicious.

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  28. I should not be blog hopping while this hungry. This dessert looks delicious. A sudden craving for cream cheese has just set in. Great idea with the ground rose buds. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Indeed, an equisit dessert!! I like that you have used the Lotus cookies!! They are Belgian!! Oooh yes, what a marvellous dessert it is,...

    Yum Yum Yum!!

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  30. Those look so perfect! I am speachless! Love this desert!

    Cheers,

    Miette

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  31. Lovely and very elegant looking bars..you sure do make a lot of bars, don't you..

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  32. ..comme c'est doux.. j'adore..

    ~nancy xx

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  33. Well I just love your cookie bars and there's no limit for me! Cheesecake is a real favourite of mine and those gorgeous little squares are simply irresistable. Good luck with your Click entry too.

    Cheers,

    Vanessa

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  34. Quelle belle interprétation, ce dessert doit être extra !

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  35. What an interesting combination!

    Greetings,
    Tiina

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  36. those cheese cake bars look soo pretty!! :D delicious!!! ros i love ye new dp :D you look gorgeous in that pic! and much much younger too ;) HAHA
    cheers!!

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  37. I also love squares. Rose & lemon -- fantastic!

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  38. So pretty! I can just imagine the perfectly delicate flavors of the lemon and rosebuds in these cheesecake squares!

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  39. Rosa I too love bars. I never thought of doing cheese cake ones. Brilliant and these look wonderful

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  40. The first impression: I'm in front of a gorgeous painting but no, it's a cheesecake bar that I want to sink my teeth right now!!

    All the best,

    Gera

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  41. Using roses makes these so beautiful and elegant! They look incredible!

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  42. I adore rose in pretty much anything - your bars look so elegant

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  43. I've got several bars of cream cheese in the fridge too that I purchased on sale. I wasn't really thinking cheesecake but I am now!
    ~ingrid

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  44. I'll have to bookmark this for Valentine's Day next year. This would be the perfect way to celebrate that holiday.

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  45. What a great recipe & pictures,Love to use rosebuds so I'll try this soon.
    Thank you for sharing.

    zainab :D

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  46. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love rose and have used it a lot with other fruits but not citrus, this sounds fabulous with the lemon!

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  47. Dried rose powder for the cheesecake sounds really exotic!

    Btw,
    Love your new photo, very pretty!

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  48. Wonderful. They would make a great entry in A Taste Of Yellow.:)

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  49. That looks so sexy and romantic and yet so delicious

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  50. Ca a l'air super bon, je ne crois pas que je pourrais laisser longtemps au réfrigérateur!

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  51. Ôô : je crois que je viens d'avoir une terrible coup de foudre pour cette jolie recette, belle comme une ode à la gourmandise et au raffinement!

    Merci à toi pour ce très joli moment et tes superbes photos!

    Bisous :)

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  52. si raffiné, si beau, des petits chefs d'oeuvre d'esthétisme et de gourmandise tes cheesecakes ;-)

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  53. J'adore les cheesecake!
    Ta version est très alléchante.
    Bises et bonne journée!

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  54. Oooooh ! superbe ! j'adore ... :)

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  55. rhooooo il est magnifique !!!!!

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  56. Rose and lemon sounds a delicious combination there..looks soooo good!
    btw which brand cream cheese you used? and where did u find graham crackers here in swiss? any special name for them?

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  57. Il est parfait à tous les niveaux ce cheesecake, c'est très alléchant!!
    Bises, bonne journée

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  58. ils ont l'air délicieux ces cheesecakes! j'en reviens pas comme les photos sont belles! ça donne vraiment envie

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  59. I wish I could have one of your mouth watering bars right now with my cup of coffee!!!

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  60. OMG Rosa, I wish I could reach into the screen and grab one now. They look fabulous.

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  61. Rosa, never apologise for all these beautiful things that you bake. Sometimes, the simplier things are the best. I absolutely adore slices, too. My favourites? Caramel slice. Or jam coconut slice. YUM!

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  62. aside from the awesomeness of your cinnamony compote, i think the bars sound absolutely delightful! refreshing lemon zing, creamy, cheesy texture, nibbly crust. bravo, and the more squares coming from you, the better!

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  63. J'adore ton adaptation, avec les boutons de roses ça doit être plutôt délicieux! J'en prendrais bien un morceaux:))

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  64. These look incredible! Nice changes to the original too, and the compote sounds delicious.

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  65. Délicat, raffiné, tout ce que j'aime.

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  66. don't apologize for posting such gorgeous recipes. your pictures just draw me in deep:-) very pretty.

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  67. Rosa,
    Another delicious looking "square" :)
    You are so good at baking cheese cakes.
    Iffet

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  68. I just found your blog, so they're new to me! And boy, do they look good.

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  69. Encore une délicieuse idée de cheesecake alliant la douceur de la rose et l'acidité du citron!!! Ca me plait beaucoup!

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  70. waw, j'adore ces saveurs et il est très réussi ce qui donne fort envie!
    bisous

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  71. Lemon and rose what an amazing and wonderful combo! Beautiful bars!!

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  72. mais ce parait bien bon et c'est très original avec ces roses pilées
    les photos donnent faim
    bises

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  73. Je suis absolument sous le charme de tous ces parfums, de la texture, superbe adaptation!

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  74. Rien que de voir la jolie texture rouge, on craque de bonheur..

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  75. Surtout,ne sors pas de chez toi,j'arriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!!!
    Bisous.
    Caro

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  76. your recipes are great, and this one specially is so lovely, I love the combination of flavours, i love the photos too, you have a wonderful blog, i will be back, for sure!

    cheers from london,

    pity

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  77. Sorry, but I'm not even looking. Cheesecake? And bite size? Now, that's dangerous!!!

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  78. You can bake bars as much as you like - I love them and these look fantastic!

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  79. Merveilleux cheese cakes, ces couleurs, cette douceur, j'adore !

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  80. Everything with rose... is my friend! I love rose, its taste, its color, its softness.

    Come to think of it, I love the taste of a lot of flowers!

    Those bars are sublime, as well as the technicolourlike pictures! Sensational!

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  81. Really interesting flavor combination. Lemon and rose is totally new to us.

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  82. Bien sûr je craque devant ces délices! Miam!miam!
    Lakbira31

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  83. Cool! I've never seen lemon and rose together. C'est delicieux!

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  84. Beautiful! The filling sounds wonderful!

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  85. Huummm, I love cheesecake! Those bars are amazing!

    Your pictures are so beautiful! :D

    Ana Maria

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  86. Je te piquerais bien une de ces p'tites merveilles pour accompagner mon café...
    Bises

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  87. Oh these look just beautiful and elegant! What a lovely flavour combination :)

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  88. Those cheesecake bars look really good!

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  89. I love the idea that it is caramelly and slightly salty. I am hooked on the combo of salty and sweet. And the photos of this luscious dessert are beautiful.

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  90. si jolis et irrésistibles pour moi aussi !!! Annecy et magnifique , et tes photos aussi, merci pour ce petit voyage ;-)
    Bisous

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  91. I've seen a lot of cheesecakes floating around the blogsphere! This looks amazing! I think I need to get on the cheesecake train and make on too!

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  92. Je ne m'en lasse pas du cheesecake. Tes photos sont toujours aussi spectaculaire.

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  93. it's funny, as I was looking at the pictures and reading through the post, the word "delicate" kept on coming to mind and then POOF! it appeared on a pic. great minds, and all that.

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  94. The combination of roses and lemon on cheesecake sounds fantastic. Your pictures are gorgeous as always.

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  95. Quel régal le cheesecake!! Le tiens a l'air très bon!!!

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  96. looking so delicious, i wonder if i would be able to keep it in fridge for 5 days! :)

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  97. Hi Rosa!
    Thanks for the recommendation,
    this recipe look superb!
    I love cheesecake bars in any combination,
    and i just bought some dried rosebuds and wondered what to do with it, so it's perfect!
    I wonder what's the different in the flavor
    Between using rose-water, or rose buds?...
    I guess the taste is more gentle?
    Thanks,
    Inbal

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  98. I love your enthuasim for these cookie bars!

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  99. L'association des saveurs doit être parfaite !!

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