Sunday, April 27, 2008

Daring Bakers April Challenge - Cheesecake Pops


This was my first challenge since joining the Daring Bakers, and it was quite a good recipe to start. The pops are delish! I took this to a tailgating party for a baseball game and just left them in the cooler, they were great. A nice cool treat on a hot day. They stood up to the traveling very well and everyone liked them. I'll definitely make them again.

One difference I had was that it took about 1 hour 15 minutes for the cheesecake to cook through and set. Lots of other bakers had this issues as well. I used a small biscuit cutter to make the rounds and pressed the extra together (it was too good not to use it all).

Here's the recipe we used:

Cheesecake Pops from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor

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
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

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 confectionery chocolate pieces) as needed.

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

14 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

Your pops look perfectly delicious!

Laurie said...

Congratulations on your first challenge! Perfect for a tail gate party. :) I'm glad to hear how well they held up!
Ciao

Deborah said...

Your pops look great - the chocolate is so smooth! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Barbara said...

Lovely presentation, lovely pops.

Angela's Kitchen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This was my first challenge, too. What a yummy one! Except now I should probably work out...(sigh)

Jacque said...

They remind me of mini dilly bars (from Dairy Queen). Good idea using a cutter!

Erika said...

Nice work on your first challenge! I bet everyone at the game loved them!

Jaime said...

congrats on your first DB challenge! :) your pops look so perfect!

SweetDesigns said...

Grats on your first Challenge!! They look wonderful. I took some of mine on a trip also, and they were great on the road!!

Ritsumei said...

Those look just perfect - and I love all the shadows in your picture!

Here's mine.

Jigginjessica said...

Congrats on your first challenge! Great job.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job with these, love the shape! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

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