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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Say Cheese! Cheesecake Pops - Daring Bakers April Challenge

When I found out that this months Daring Bakers Challenge was cheesecake pops I was excited. Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts to make. I've even won a second place in a local baking contest years ago when I was living in Tennessee. It was a white chocolate-raspberry swirl cheesecake. (and not to be out done, I won first place the following year with dark chocolate raspberry brownies)

For those of you who do not know who the Daring Bakers are, let me tell you. We are a group of avid cooks and bakers who all receive the same recipe at the beginning of the month. We have most of the month to make this recipe but we wait until the same day at the end of the month to post. Until that day, our challenge is a secret.

I planned to make the cheesecake a couple of weekends ago but my plans were set aside when we had to take Sophie to the emergency vet. Thankfully she's ok but I was wiped out so no baking. The following weekend was less hectic so the cheesecake was made and set in the fridge to await pop making.

I soon figured out that freezer side of my skinny side by side fridge was way too narrow to fit my cookie sheets. Rats! I had to improvise by using a smaller baking dish and freezing only eight naked pops at a time, letting them set up, moving them to another small baking dish and repeating the process until all 40 pops were formed.

Similarly, I also did this when Jim and I dipped them in chocolate. We could only do about eight at a time because of the skinny freezer space. But once we got a rhythm going all went smoothly. I had an assortment of toppings for the pops set on the counter and Jim stood command at the stove to dip.

We had an assortment of toppings like crushed macadamia nuts, coconut, crushed almonds, mini M&M's and shaved dark chocolate and some pops were just dipped without any extra topping. It took about 2 hours to get all the pops done dipped and back into the freezer. The next day I brought them into work for my staff. Needless to say, they didn't last long and my staff are looking forward to next month's challenge.

And to see other Darking Bakers pops check out the blogroll.

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Blogger Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your pops. I love the fluffy look of the one with the shaved chocolate.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

9:47 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Your pops look wonderful! I just want to bite into that one with the macadamia nuts!

9:51 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I can testify that the pops were amazing. I had one of the shaved chocolate ones - yum, yum! Thanks, Barbara!!!! You're the best. :-)

10:10 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Monkey said...

Thanks for the nod, Barbara! Hard for me to believe its almost over. Glad to see you're posting has been WAY more continuous than mine has.

Kitchen Monkey

10:47 AM  
Blogger Bumblebutton said...

The fuzzy chocolate shavings made me laugh! Nice job.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Mama Mia said...

All of your pops are so cute and yummy looking! I just joined Daring bakers so I will be baking something up next month! yeay!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your toppings. Your pops look great!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photos are wonderful and your pops look great! Love the presentation with the M&M's.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! I love the primary colors of the m&ms in the presentation and the one iwth chocolate curls is my very favorite.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

yum, love the close up with the one with the nuts!

5:53 PM  
Blogger mimi said...

your pops look great!! love the shaved chocolate topping, those are my favorite!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

Your pops look great...very droolworthy. Love the production line you and Jim did. Great job!

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pops look wonderful... and good for you for not dipping into the cheesecake before you got around to making the pops. You're a stronger woman than I!

9:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The pics are wonderful and your pops look delicious! Things do move smoothly with someone to help you! I hope Sophie is feeling better.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Lovely..Love the toppings that you used

2:13 AM  
Blogger Andrea Meyers said...

Those look SO good! Great job!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Henny A. said...

Great job! I especially liked the "aerial" view photo of your pops!!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Mehgan said...

Looks like a big plate of YUM you've got there! Very nice presentation, and I'm sure your pops tasted just as good as they look.

3:50 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

Your pops look good. I really like the chocolate flakes. I had problems fitting all of the pops in my fridge and freezer as well.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooo, I love the chocolate curls! Very effective. And congrats on the cheesecake and brownie contests! I'll have to check out your blog more to see if the prize winning recipes are up!

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Great to know that library staffs across America are eating cheesecake pops! Love the Mac Nuts. What a fantastic topping!!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

You are a cheesecake queen! Your pops turned out beautifully. I especially like the one with the mini m&m's - so cute!

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara, thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. It helped me discover yours:)) I like your pops! They look yummy! Nice decoration, too. Just like you, I had a problem fitting the pops in my freezer. I'll do half the recipe next time.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

mini m&ms are my favorite! and the dark chocolate shavings? I love your take on the challenge!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

I just love, love the chocolate curls pops! You did an amazing job.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Love the one with the macadamia nuts! That would be so tasty.

1:21 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

i had to work in phases with my small freezer too! love how yours turned out!

1:49 AM  
Blogger anadelicias said...

Your pops are so beautiful!!!
I love cheesecake too.


3:12 AM  
Blogger Brilynn said...

Macadamia nuts would have been great!

And I'm sure the people at work love you!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on the pops!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow - those are AMAZING! Love the one with the chocolate shavings. Very elegant and your co-workers are definitely very lucky!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kelly-Jane said...

Lucky colleagues! They look great, love the chocolate on chocolate idea in your last pic, mmm.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Tara the Foodie said...

Oh wow, the shaved dark chocolate one is very impressive! Bravo! I brought the majority of my cheesecake pops to share with my coworkers, too. Lucky bastards...

2:35 PM  
Blogger Sakya said...

Your pops are very nice and lot a work
Thank you for your visit on my blog :)

9:42 PM  
Blogger Lunch Buckets said...

That plate is a tribute to glorious excess!

12:06 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your pops look great! I love the decorations! Very well done!

I am too going to bake that cheesecake again...



1:37 PM  
Blogger Ruth Strong said...

Your pops look so fun and colourful!

Great work on this month's DB challenge.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

You got me with the crushed macadamia nuts!! Oh my!!! Your pops turned out fantastic!!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

The shaved chocolate forms such an intricate design, I love it!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Beautimus pops! I love those last two pictures, absolutely scrumptous!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Mmmmm . . . my husband would have loved the mini M&Ms! But I love the look of the shaved chocolate.

Great job!

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your pops are so cute and the one with the chocolate curls is my favorite! Great job! It was 2 man operation wasn't it? Glad I wasn't the only one who enlisted a willing helper!

5:15 AM  
Blogger strawberriesinparis said...

woo for chocolate shavings!!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Ooh, these pops look so pretty! Funny, it's just the kind of decoration I was planning before my pops refused to listen to my instructions.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Heather B said...

yum! Cheesecake rolled in macadamia nuts sounds delicious! Thanks for pointing out my messed up link at the blogroll!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I really like the looks of the shaved dark chocolate. Great job on this one!

12:13 AM  
Blogger myriam said...

wow, look at all the variations you did. great job!

6:31 AM  
Blogger Astra Libris said...

Thank you so much for the lovely DB comment on my blog! It's always especially exciting hearing from a fellow southern chef! :-) Your pops are absolutely beautiful!! I love the shaved chocolate - flawless!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow the shaved chocolate pop is absolutely stunning! Great job!

3:26 PM  
Blogger Susan @ SGCC said...

Wow! Looks like you've got a cheesecake fiesta going on! Your pops look great! I love the ones with macadamia nuts. Why didn't I think of that? Well done!

11:32 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

I love the one with the macademias - my favourite nuts ^_^. Great pops!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeeeeeeeeesssssssss ! they are so fun :)
great challenge indeed ! congrats !

4:06 PM  

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