Monday, 28 April 2008

Daring Bakers April Challenge: Cheesecake pops



I was excited by this month's challenge, chosen by our lovely hosts, Deborah of
Taste and Tell and Elle of FME, especially because my husband loves NY style cheesecake. But I've only made cheesecake three or four times in the last seven years, it's always seemed a little complicated and time-consuming!


Well, I actually started on the challenge yesterday. Things got off to a great start, the batter looked, and tasted, divine. I took the recipe down by 1/5th as I happened to only have 32 oz of cream cheese. I still got a lot of batter! I filled one 7-inch springform tin almost full, and had more than enough for a mini 4-inch cake with crust for hubby dear.
The white center should have been clue no. 1

The cake appeared done in about an hour, it wasn't jiggling and I let it cool for a while, but i think here is where I made mistake No. 1, I popped it into the fridge while still warm before I headed to work, because I didn't trust the other adult in the house to remember to. Anyway, I come home about 9 hours later, ready to scoop out, and I found that the top and sides were fine, but the center was liquidy! Panic set in. I managed to scoop out the liquidy bit and then make about 12 with the firm parts. I plan to use the liquid part to make individual cakes as shown here. I'm not sure whether this is because I overfilled the pan, whether the water bath somehow retarded the cooking (the parts done were mostly the ones above the water) and of course the genius of refrigerating the cake while still warm.

The scooping needless to say was not easy. As you can see they weren't so smooth!



Anyway, this afternoon I took them out of the freezer and finished them up. My husband needless to say loved it. My 4-year-old liked the chocolate and sprinkles, but wasn't too keen on the cheesecake... she's very fussy.

Well, I think I might try this again, when I have a larger freezer, and my husband has more self-control!

Be sure to check out the really creative and beautiful pops from other, more Daring Bakers!



16 comments:

Dolores said...

Once you add the chocolate coating, they look quite good. And you stretched with this one... great job!

Aamena said...

aapa too bad about the centre but still i think the pops look fab.. wish i had tried 'em :)

Big Boys Oven said...

Looks gorgeous, I wonder how long can it stays in my mouth? 2seconds?

Deborah said...

Even with the troubles, they still turned out wonderful!

Gigi said...

I love all the colored lollipop sticks ...very festive. You did a great job!

Anne said...

You did a great job...they look so yummy :)

farida said...

Aisha, thank you for your lovely comment on my crazy Mr. and Mrs Cheezypops:)) You made cute looking pops here! I am amazed that many bakers managed to make perfectly round pops. I ended up with rectangulars since they were easier to make:))Nice blog you have here! Will be back:)

sunita said...

Lovely pops..btw, my son picked out the toppings too, the daughter loved them though :-)

Lunch Buckets said...

Looks like they smoothed out pretty well after you coated them, good work!

Renee said...

They look great! Mine looked a little sad before the chocolate,as well.

SweetDesigns said...

Great job! Your pops look wonderful ;)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Good job! Despite the problems along the way, the end result looks terrific!

Jade Is Green! said...

I have to agree these things were a little bit of a nightmarish experience. They do taste yum though and yours look great! You wouldnt' be able to tell they were lumpy before dipping beforehand at all.

glamah16 said...

Good save! It all turned out great in the end.

BC said...

My youngest wouldn't eat the cheesecake either but he loved the chocolate.

Cynthia said...

Hi Aisha, thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on completing another DB Challenge.

Looking forward to seeing you around.