Monday, April 28, 2008
Daring Bakers - cheesecake pops
It’s that time again – another Daring Bakers challenge completed. This month the challenge was cheesecake pops. These are little cheesecake balls dipped in chocolate on a stick. The recipe comes from a book that I have just ordered from Fishpond called Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey –how good does that sound!!!
The recipe called for 5 containers of cream cheese – which is a lot! I had no real special occasion to make these for, so I decided to halve the recipe. The original recipe was baked in a 10 inch tin – I did mine in an 8, but if I made these again I would make even half the recipe in a larger tin, as I wanted to cut the cheesecake with cookie cutters to make shapes, but my cheesecake was too thick.
The cheesecake itself was a fairly basic recipe – I actually think it needed some lemon to add a bit of bite. It was vanilla flavoured and I added Heilala vanilla past to get those vanilla bean flecks that I love. As I have mentioned before, I am an impatient person, hence my pops are a bit larger than I should have made them and are un-even sizes – I didn’t have the patience to make them small and uniform. I dipped my pops in white chocolate. I had made all these little pink flowers to go on them, but unfortunately, the flowers hadn’t set hard enough and I couldn’t get them onto the pops successfully. So I ended up dipping most of the pops into coloured sugar and hundreds and thousands. Not quite as creative as I would have liked, but ok I guess.
This was a fun challenge – it took a bit of creativity. My only disappointment was I had this great idea for these gorgeous little white chocolate pops with pale pink flowers, but I only got a couple of those because of the softness of the flowers. Now I have a whole heap of flowers – I guess they will be good decoration for some cupcakes.
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