Uncategorized May 29, 2024

A Recipe That’ll Make Your Taste Buds Want to Move In!!

Berry Cheesecake Flag Cake

Welcome to another delicious edition of Bites & Estates, where I serve up recipes as irresistible as your dream home! Today, we’re whipping up a Berry Cheesecake Flag Cake that’s so good, it might just make your taste buds put in an offer. Let’s dive into this sweet adventure!

– 7 ounces graham crackers, broken into large pieces (Kind of like when you see a fixer-upper with good bones!)
– ½ cup toasted pecans (These nuts add a touch of luxury, like a home with a fancy fireplace.)- ¼ teaspoon salt (A pinch here, a pinch there, just like finding the perfect neighborhood.)
– ⅓ cup canola oil (The secret binder, much like a trusty real estate agent binding deals together!)
– 2 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened (Smooth like a seamless transaction.)
– 2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt (A healthy twist—think energy-efficient homes!)
– ⅔ cup confectioners’ sugar (Sweetens the deal, like a low-interest mortgage rate!)
– 1 teaspoon lemon zest (A zest for life, and for closing day!)
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice (Adds a little zing, like a surprise bonus room.)- 1 ½ cups raspberries (Red like those “SOLD” signs you love to see!)
– 1 ¼ cups blueberries and/or blackberries (Blue and black beauties, like prime real estate!)


1. Crust Creation:
First, we need to build a strong foundation—just like a house! Pulse those graham crackers, pecans, and salt in a food processor until they’re finely ground. With the motor running, drizzle in the canola oil. Press this mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Voila! You’ve laid the groundwork.

2. Cheesy Bliss:
Next, we’re adding some charm. In your food processor, blend the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until it’s smooth and dreamy—like finding the perfect move-in-ready home. Dollop this mixture over your crust and spread it out evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. It’s all about patience, just like waiting for closing day.

3. Berry Topping:
Now, let’s stage this cheesecake! Arrange the raspberries and blueberries/blackberries in a flag pattern on top. Think of it as curb appeal for your cake. Get creative—make your cake as welcoming as a beautiful front yard.

4. Cut and Enjoy:
The final step is the big reveal. Cut your cheesecake into 16 squares and watch the smiles light up, much like the glow of new homeowners!

– Make Ahead Magic:
Just like setting up a home for an open house, you can prepare this cheesecake ahead of time. Refrigerate for up to 1 day before serving.

This Berry Cheesecake Flag Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a piece of real estate for your taste buds. So, next time you’re dreaming of a sweet treat or the perfect home, remember, the best things in life come with a little bit of love and a whole lot of flavor!

Happy baking, and remember, if you need a house as sweet as this cake, I’m just a call away. Bon appétit! 🏡🍰

Marissa Young