From Russia, With Love // Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

From Russia, With Love // Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

I am writing this to you from Russia. Kind of cool, right? I’m here for work (that first photo up above is the view from my office), and I’m certainly working a lot, but with only a few nights of planned activities, I’m also totally free to explore once I leave the office. (And watch Revenge on the treadmill, but that’s probably not blog-worthy material.) Last night I wandered around snapping pictures as much as I wanted – a luxury of walking alone – stopping by a shop for a slice of cabbage pie for dinner and another, smaller slice of apricot pie for dessert. The light was beautiful, the weather cool, dry, and breezy, and even though I initially wasn’t thrilled about coming back to Russia only two weeks after my last visit, I’ve been enjoying it. I studied Russian in high school and college, but after going almost three years without practice, I feel like I’ve just barely been getting around. That is, until today, when my colleagues here decided that my Russian comprehension was good enough that all meetings would switch to being held in Russian – which is one way to very quickly remember everything you’ve been taught.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick salted butter, melted, plus extra butter for greasing
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinammon
  • 9 full-size graham crackers (one half of a standard box)
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh blackberries, washed
Read the whole recipe on Katie at the Kitchen Door