Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cheesecake Pops!!

It's official, I am a Daring Baker.  I just completed my first month's challenge: Cheesecake Pops.  Although I had minor difficulties keeping the cheesecake balls on the sticks, they were still enjoyable, with limitless ideas for decorations.  

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 

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

candies, sprinkles, crushed cookies, etc for decorations

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.


Deborah said...

It sounds like you had a good time with this challenge! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Barbara said...

Welcome to the clan! It's been a lot of fun every month as you finish your challenge then look at everyone else's to see how they did. Can't wait to see the pictures.

T-Licious Treats said...

Welcome and Congrats on your first challenge!! They look wonderful, great job!!

Texana said...

Congrats on successful completion of your first Daring Baker Challenge! Your pops look fantastic. I love the pink one!

Jessica said...

I also had some problems keep my cheesecake on the sticks, glad I wasn't the only one. Congrats on your first challenge.

PS your cakes are awesome!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job with these, they are adorable! welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your pops!

Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Dizzee Cake. said...

Thanks everyone! I am so happy to have joined the Daring Bakers!