This months challenge is Cheesecake Pops. I was quite relieved when I saw this months challenge, not because it was straight forward, but that I had the book that this months challenge came from, otherwise I would have had to click the button and buy it! It hails from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey (Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth) by Jill O’Connor -what a title! It’s a pretty girl-y book with lots of rich and yummy sounding recipes, and lots of sweet and treaty pictures too.
Now to the cheesecake pops. I haven’t had so much fun pottering in the kitchen for ages! Before I had my little one I used to spend hours faffing about with icings and decorations for cakes. I even ventured into the world of dipping chocolates, and that skill came in useful here. When I was coating the cheesecake balls with chocolate I didn’t even remember the chocolates I’d tried before, but it was as if my hands remembered and started doing what they should have, and ta-dah it was done in the twirl of a wrist.
Before the balls were coated a pan of New York style cheesecake was made, baked, chilled overnight, formed into balls (this was a little tricky, but fine by the third one - a rotating and constant gripping movement with the scoop seemed to work). Next they were frozen for a couple of hours and then coated with the chocolate and decorated. Finally, left in the fridge until ready to eat.
They tasted really good, I think they would make a fabulous dessert for a barbecue, I can just imagine friends faces as the sight of a tray of these pops =)
Thank you for such an enjoyable challenge to Elle of Feeding my Enthusiasms and Deborah of Taste and Tell, you did us proud! To see more pops go here to the Daring Bakers blogroll and click away, I’m going to!