This months Daring Bakers challenge was a lot of work but also a lot of fun to eat. Chocolate and baked cheesecake – pure genius, what an excellent combination. As for getting fancy with decorations and all that other jazz, that countless Daring Bakers will awe me with their creations, unfortunately my creative powers eluded me (possibly because my brain was addled with pain killers from putting my neck out) and unfortunately interesting ingredients also eluded me since it was a public holiday and all the shops were shut.
I just knew this cheesecake was going to be good, with vast quantities of cream cheese and eggs, and then vanilla extract and cream added in to the mix. I had a good feeling about this combination. I was really happy with the end result. I’m quite partial to baked cheesecakes and think they are clearly superior to anything requiring gelatin. I’m not sure if my conversions were a bit dodgy (I’m really not that good at maths) but I ended up with an obscene amount of cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong I’m definitely not complaining, obscene amounts of cheesecake is a very good thing. Perfect in fact, as I needed to get together a birthday cake, so I used some of the mix for a second and smaller cake.
Clearly my cheesecake pops are not going to win any beauty competitions, but please note it is what is on the inside that counts and they were truly beautiful on the inside, my stomach and taste buds will account for that.
Here’s a photo also of my Birthday cheesecake complete with chocolate cheesecake balls on top and gooey caramel I made and drizzled all over.. yummmmmmm
Important things I leant from making Cheesecake pops
1. New Yorkers really know a thing or two about cheesecake. If this is a true New York cheesecake, then I’m moving to New York to see if I can exist on a diet of cheesecake and pretzels. Three cheers for New York and their exceptional cheesecake and three cheers and a big thank you to Elle and Deborah for a sensational recipe. I’m keeping it.
2. You need to be quick when working with tempered chocolate. - I’m not sure if it was the quality or quantity of shortening and chocolate I used, or how long I kept my pops in the freezer but my chocolate set instantly. No real time for dipping my pops in anything or any real chance that anything would have actually stuck
3. I still need a mixer and a bigger mixing bowl. - I kind of made a huge mess trying to mix such massive quantities with a hand held beater and in a medium sized bowl.