As an introvert, I’ve always loved to spend time at home. There is nothing more comforting to me than relaxing in our “humble abode”, no matter what I might be doing – housework, cooking, cleaning, reading a good book while curled up on the couch, spending time with my husband or sipping a cup of tea while watching all the deer and turkeys paying us a visit in our yard. Even though I love spending time with people, I’m definitely more comfortable in my bedroom slippers than in party shoes.
I think this dessert is just like me, very simple, homey and quiet. It doesn’t call attention to itself and isn’t very complicated or fancy. The delicious aroma of dessert baking in the oven adds another dimension of coziness to the atmosphere. Isn’t the scent of baking so magical? I came across this recipe on a Russian recipe forum and it had such great reviews, I just knew it was something I had to try. Just from looking at the ingredient list, I knew that these bars would be something that I would make many times, and they’ve been a favorite of ours for several years now.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of butter.
In a food processor, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter, in 1 Tablespoon chunks to the flour and pulse to combine, until the butter is dispersed in the flour and is a crumbly texture with pea sized butter pieces throughout.
In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined. You can use a mixer or mix it by hand with a whisk.
Put ⅔ of the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish and loosely press into the bottom of the dish.
Pour the cheese mixture over the crust and sprinkle the remaining flour mixture over the top of the ricotta filling.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes. Let the bars cool for 10 minutes before cutting them into pieces.