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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cheesecake Pops








In April 2008 every foodie blog I came across had these cute little cheesecake pops. I knew that this must be the latest Daring Bakers Challenge. Sure enough it was and the recipe picked was from “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey” by Jill O’Connor. I was so impressed by these that I immediately vowed to make these for my next party. I found the original recipe to be quite large so I decided to half it - and it still made thirty some pops! They tasted so amazing and were a great hit for the housewarming. Even though they certainly were time consuming to make, there was a certain satisfaction in having made such cute little desserts for all to enjoy.

Full Cheesecake Pop Recipe

*I halfed this recipe and baked the cheesecake for 50-60min in a 8x8 pan.

5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups sugar
cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ cup heavy cream
Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks
1 pound chocolate, finely chopped
Assorted decorations (I used skor bits)

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. I used an electric had mixer 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. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. Although all the blogs I read stated it took about 60min to cook. I when I halfed the recipe it still took about 50-60min.

Let cheesecake cool in oven, with door propped open slightly.

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.

Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety.

Alternately I microwaved 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.

Now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations or 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 as needed.

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

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10 comments:

Darius T. Williams said...

See, it's stuff like this that gets me all excited!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Queen B. said...

how sweet are they ?? :)

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my, those look divine - definitely worth the time you took to make them, I say!! :-)

Jinx said...

These look delicious!

Every great once in a while, I take the time to do something like this (like my truffle recipe) & I'm so glad I did.

I'll have to put these on my New Year's menu!

Lo said...

You're absolutely right. These look perfect for a party. I've got to file these away right now!

Apples and Butter said...

Why didn't I think of that! That is such a great idea! I am definitely filing this one away for a holiday party. Thanks!

Adam said...

Ever notice how things are better when they are on a stick? Maybe it's the portability :)

Anyways, they looks really cool... two pops for two hands :)

Kevin said...

Cheesecake pops are fun to make and taste great! Yours look really good.

Peter M said...

These remind me of Nutty Buddy's...the ice cream cones one would buy from the corner store...good retro dessert!

Kait said...

I bought plastic moulds and lollipop sticks to make these awhile ago - thanks for the reminder! These would actually be really fun to make during the holidays.

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