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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14 comments:

Bumblebutton said...

They look soo sweet! And, the flowers, while darling, will keep for another delicious treat that needs some cheering up!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I *love* the sweet flowers on the first ones. They are so dainty looking! Great job with all your different decorations!

Cakelaw said...

These are so cute Tammy! You're right about the flowers - they'll come in handy for something else.

maybelles mom said...

I love these. the ones with the flowers are particularly cute.

Elle said...

What darling pops! Love the ones with the flowers, but the sprinkle ones are very colorful, too. Great job!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

the decorations set against the white chocolate look great! i also did not have the patience to make them uniform!

HoneyB said...

These are nothing to be embarrassed about, they look great! I love the flowers!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very pretty! I bet they taste great with white chocolate! Well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

Amy J. said...

Sorry about your pink flowers! That's frustrating. But I have to say the other ones look fun, too! :)

Morven said...

What a great good effort - I love the little flowers and I never would have thought about white chocolate. I always think that if you say "Next time I would......" then it has been a great challenge from a learning point of view.

Tempered Woman said...

well shoot- the flowers on the first pic look SO cute! I'm with you on the recipe being kind of basic. And goodness it defintiely makes a lot of pops, doesn't it?

Lunch Buckets said...

Mine didn't quite turn out the way they did in my head either - I think we were kind of going for the same idea :)

Barbara said...

Your pops are so sweet!

nek0 said...

I love the flower decorations, they are too cute!!!