Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April 2008 Daring Bakers Challenge #18: Cheesecake Pops

Ok, I’m so late, but today is still in April, please forgive me. I always forget to see the post date, and this is my second time (the first is last month, but I made it, almost late). But for this month I can’t post in the 27 of April because I still didn’t made it, and this recipe need a lot of time from start to finish so it take me 2 days to finish. This recipe is from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth by Jill O’Connor (this book appear so many times in my blog, and I really love it), the lovely and cute cheesecake pops. It’s a great challenge for me at this time, the result is delicious, and I think you should try this at home, too.

Cheesecake Pops

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– you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, you can use 1 pound of flavored coatings, also known as summer coating, confectionary coating or wafer chocolate – candy supply stores carry colors, as well as the three kinds of chocolate.)

2 tablespoons

vegetable shortening

Note: White chocolate is harder to use this way, but not impossible

Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts, colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) – Optional

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 confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

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

13 comments:

Dolores said...

I'm glad you posted your experience, even after the deadline. And I love that your pops come with a little message. Great job!

Pixie said...

Very sweet, adorable- well done!

Colette said...

SO CUTE! I love the the letters you put on there. "love" and "yum" good job!

SweetDesigns said...

Omg..they are sooo adorable!! I love your little letters on them, I so need to find some of those hehe..They look great =)

kimberleyblue said...

Those are super cute!

Better late than never. :) Great job!

Laurie said...

Oh wow..these are perfect, simple and elegant!

chou said...

So cute. Now . . . how did you make the little letters? Dying to know.

Ritsumei said...

I'm so impressed! Your pops are soooo pretty, with letters and everything!

My post is here.

Jigginjessica said...

I love the look of your pops! They look awesome!

marion - il en faut peu pour ... said...

I'm unable to do so cute pops !!!! great, terrific ! fantastic !
You've done a wonderful job this month !

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a fabulous job on your pops. They are beautiful.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Anonymous said...

Hi, can I use tempered chocolate instead? Will the chocolate coating crack afterward because of the huge temperature difference?

dailydelicious said...

You need to add a bit of cocoa butter to the chocolate while tempering to reduce the cracking about 10% of the chocolate weight.

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