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Cheesecake Pops

Daring Bakers

The April 2008 Daring Bakers Challenge comes to us from Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms and Deborah from Taste and Tell

These cute little bites of cheesecake, held on a stick and dipped in chocolate and, if you like, decorations, are sure to make you smile. The cheesecake is New York style, the pops can be jazzed up with different toppings, and they are FUN…just right for a party. They are from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor. Isn’t that an alluring title for a cookbook?

We wanted to pick something that had potential for putting your personal stamp on. We like them for a challenge because the recipe for the cheesecake part makes use of the concept of a water bath, an essential tool for bakers, plus there are many ways to personalize them. And they are cheesecake!! The photo in the book showed the lollipop sticks twined with pretty ribbons and bows, too.

To download the recipe in .pdf format, click HERE

Yield: 30 – 40 Pops
Preparation time: 1 hour all together
Baking time: 45 minutes
Cooling, chilling & freezing time: cooling approx. 2 hours, chilling 3 hours or overnight, freezing 2 hours

Ingredients

5 x 8 oz packages / 1.135kg cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups / 400g granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup / 30g / 1 oz all-purpose flour
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup / 60ml heavy cream
Boiling water as needed

Thirty to forty 8" / 20cm lollipop sticks

1 pound / 450g 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

Directions

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325°F / 160°C / Gas Mark 3. Lightly grease a 10" / 25cm cake pan (not a springform pan).

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer set at low speed, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour and salt until smooth.

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.

Pour the cheesecake batter into the cake pan and place in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with 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 cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2 oz / 56g balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the 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, 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 confectionery chocolate pieces) as needed.

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

Elle
Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey
Jill O’Connor