Sunday, April 27, 2008

DB challenge: Cheesecake Pops

All I can say for April DB challenge is: This was really fun! And the measurements from the recipe make enormous quantities of cheesecake pops so we were eating thought all April! Great! Love it! Will definitely make more and again!

I couldn't find popsticks so I had to improvise with edible chocolate sticks but I think that made my pops even better!

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.

Challenge host were: FeedingMyEnthusiasms and Taste and Tell


Jerry said...

Glad you had fun! Great job!

Jenny said...

I love what you used for sticks, and the square pops are very elegant. Nice job!

Deborah said...

Next time I make these, I'm going to do some sort of edible stick - I love the idea! Great job on this month's challenge!

Barbara said...

Love the edible sticks. Great improvising.

Sheltie Girl said...

Lovely job on your pops!

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

FreshAdriaticFish said...

Hi everybody and thanks for comments!
Edible sticks were great just bear in mind that after frozen and then de-frozen some edible stick can become soft so it will not hold heavy "pop-head".
I think you can avoid this or by making smaller "pop heads" or just not using stick for holding pops, but inverse them and use sticks as kind of "spoon".
In that case make chocolate coating firmer, just temper chocolate without adding shortening and use coating as cup for cheescream.

Dolores said...

I love your edible lollipop sticks... I'm going to try that approach when I repeat this recipe for a party later this month. Thanks for sharing your experience, and great job with April's challenge!

Tea said...

Ma Sanjo di si mi ti?! Nisam te odavna čula! ;)

Jj said...

Love the idea to use edible sticks and your pops look great!

maybelles parents said...

I love edible sticks. I used pretzels--this is better.

przepisy kulinarne said...

Cool fun. Like me. I like to cook very at home. Greetings from Poland. :| Thanks.

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