Sunday, April 27, 2008

Daring Bakers Challenge: Cheesecake pops

I was really excited about this month's challenge because it was one of those things that if I was able to pull it off would make a great addition to any party. Cheesecake pops was this month's challenge hosted by Elle – Feeding My Enthusiasms and Deborah – Taste and Tell .

Unfortunately or fortunately this month (for once in my life) I had every weekend booked up with activities for myself and/or with family. So the only time I had was at the very beginning of the month to complete this challenge. I did complete it but it was a failure...but if failure taste this good bring it on more often.

I was really pressed for time which is why I didn't allow my cheesecake to bake as long as it should have. The recipe (which you can find on either of the challenge host blogs) stated to bake the cheesecake for 35-45 minutes...well I had it in there for at least 1 hour. Since I was doing this late at night and was super tired I took it out of the oven and thought it would set more in the refrigerator.

It did not and I was stuck with some really nice set cheesecake and cheesecake soup for the rest of it. So I put my thinking cap on and figured out a way to "mold" the pops...I used the mini cupcake papers I had and put the cheesecake in that, froze them for the 2 hours, put the sticks in them, and then dipped it in chocolate. The only thing is you have to keep them in the freezer or they turn back to soup if you leave them out.

The only other problem I had with this recipe was the 8" sticks that needed to be inserted into them. I had a really hard time getting myself enough freezer space to accommodate a cookie sheet and on top of that to get enough space for the 8" really was a comedy of errors for me on this challenge.

The idea for decorating the pops was to make it like a turtle...chocolate, caramel and nuts.

Review: The recipe for the cheesecake is really easy, fast and delicious which I would make again. Knowing that I will have to bake it for a lot longer then the recipe states. Making them into cheesecake pops I don't think I would make again...and if I do maybe I can buy a pre-made cheesecake and try it that way.


I(dot)J said...

ooooh. oooh, ooooh... love the idea of what you did.

Your balls look amazing.
Great work.

Iisha of

Deborah said...

It sounds like you had the same problems many people had! I actually accidentally bought 4 inch sticks, and when I made my pops, I realized that it was a good thing because the 8 inch wouldn't have fit in my freezer! They look great, though - wonderful job!

Dolores said...

I had similar freezer challenges and some in the refrigerator as well... you really have to plan ahead for this challenge. I think yours look great, in spite of the challenges you faced.

Lunch Buckets said...

I thunked myself on the head when I realized (much too late) that I could have done them lying down instead of sticking up. Duh!

Augustina said...

I like your idea of using caramel--that sounds so yummy! Good job!!

SweetDesigns said...

wow...your balls look great given the bit of trouble you had. And the sticks were a bit of an issue for many I think. Still great job!! They look wonderful!

Texana said...

Hey, despite the bumps along the way, your pops turned out great! Congrats.


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