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Daring Bakers #5 – Cheesecake Pops
April 28, 2008, 10:50 am
Filed under: Daring Bakers, Dessert, Snacks

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I was very excited when I saw this month’s Daring Bakers recipe – Cheesecakes Pops.  I have been wanting to try them for sometime.  This is the perfect opportunity!

John had my camera while I was making these so I apologize for the lack of pictures. 😦

The cheesecake portion of these was divine.  It was so creamy and delicious.

DB Pops

Scooping the pops was a fairly messy task, but it all worked out in the end.

Please visit the other DB’s for their take on this wonderful recipe.

Recipe after the break.

These cute little bites of cheesecake, held on a stick and dipped in chocolate and, if you like, decorations, are sure to make you smile. The cheesecake is New York style, the pops can be jazzed up with different toppings, and they are FUN…just right for a party. They are from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor. Isn’t that an alluring title for a cookbook?

We wanted to pick something that had potential for putting your personal stamp on. We like them for a challenge because the recipe for the cheesecake part makes use of the concept of a water bath, an essential tool for bakers, plus there are many ways to personalize them. And they are cheesecake!! The photo in the book showed the lollipop sticks twined with pretty ribbons and bows, too.

It is unclear if this recipe can be halved. A key thing is that the cheesecake be in a pan where it bakes deep enough to scoop out the balls.

Allowed Variations. Yes you can make some changes to this cheesecake as long as you promise to use the basic cheesecake recipe (although you can add a flavor to it if you like) and do keep it white (sorry, no chocolate or coffee or mocha), and keep the pops to the 2 ounce size.

The dipping flavors and colors are completely up to you.

If you want to use decorations, go for it. Same with drizzles and ribbons on the sticks. Or leave them plain after dipping them. You can even dip them in graham cracker crumbs and then the chocolate – to get more of the cheesecake feel to them.

You can cut the cheesecake into geometric shapes instead of making balls…triangles or squares or diamonds…just keep them about 2 ounces each. We can’t wait to see what combinations our Daring Baker come up with…just make sure to use the basic cheesecake recipe, to make the pops 2 ounces or close to that in size, and to dip each pop in chocolate or confectionary coating and have it on a lollipop stick.

Here are some exceptions to the “you must follow the same recipe rule”.

— Allergies.
— Particular ingredient is hard to find in your area.
— Particular ingredient is cost-prohibitive. We don’t want anyone stressing over having to pay for something that’s too expensive, especially if you have to buy a large quantity for just a smidge in the recipe. So if the ingredient is way too expensive you can leave it out or sub something else that will work.
— The host allows a specific ingredient change, but that must be specified in the host’s challenge recipe announcement post. For example, the hosts say it’s okay to substitute the rum in the cream with a flavoring of your choice as long as the cream is still “white”. But making chocolate or coffee pastry cream is not okay.

Just remember that the Daring Bakers are coming up on 1000 members – it’s hard to find a recipe that will challenge everyone. Some members will have never made a cheesecake before, and some will be cheesecake veterans. Some of you will have never worked with tempering and dipping chocolate, and some of you are pros. If this seems like an easy challenge for you, find a way to challenge yourself! Remember that it’s all about having FUN!!

Elle made the recipe last week, so some photos are included so you can have an idea of what they are supposed to look like.

Posting date is April 27th, 2008.

Cheesecake Pops

Makes 30 – 40 Pops

5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature

2 cups sugar

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

5 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ cup heavy cream

Boiling water as needed

Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks

1 pound chocolate, finely chopped – you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, you can use 1 pound of flavored coatings, also known as summer coating, confectionary coating or wafer chocolate – candy supply stores carry colors, as well as the three kinds of chocolate.)

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

(Note: White chocolate is harder to use this way, but not impossible)

Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts, colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) – Optional

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream.

Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes.

Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety.

Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.) Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.


9 Comments so far
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This was such a fun challenge! I love you white chocolate drizzles and wish I had done some like that. Well done!

Comment by Karen

Looks great to me! You really only need one picture anyway. I love how perfect your little orb is.

xoxox Amy

Comment by familiabencomo

Your pops look great, so professional looking!

Comment by Erika

You did a wonderful job on your challenge. I love the drizzles of white chocolate.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Comment by Sheltie Girl

Love your picture with the pop and the condesation on it. They look yummy!

Comment by Barbara

I love the drizzles on top – they look wonderful! Great job on this challenge!

Comment by Deborah

Beautiful! You did a great job here!



Comment by Rosa

Great job on the April challenge!

Comment by Dolores

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