Sunday, April 27, 2008

Daring Bakers try Cheesecake Pops

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I'll come straight out and say it: the thing liked most about this challenge was the resulting photos.

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Nonpareils

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My little cheesecakes, rising nicely

Yep. This is not something I'd make again. My lack of enthusiasm is party because I've had a very stressful month, so it's not all due to the challenge itself. But hey - at least they turned out pretty. And I had no problems, really - it was easy enough. I suspected I wouldn't like it very much - so I made a tiny part of the recipe. Indeed, I made a fifth. It was pretty easy to divide everything by five, and I baked it in two ramekins, which worked out very nicely.

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Coconut

I don't have anything to scoop balls with, so I just rolled eight (nine - one was for taste-testing) balls with my hands, placed them in the freezer to set, and dipped them in chocolate. (I used milk chocolate.)

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Sea salt and chilli flakes

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My mise en place

And various other things, as you can see! This part was fun - I used unsweetened coconut flakes, nonpareils, cocoa nibs and a few other things. I then placed them back in the freezer and.. that' where they remain, I'm afraid.

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Butterscotch Sugar

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Cocoa Nibs

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Don't forget to visit the Daring Bakers blogroll and see what everyone else did! You can find the recipe if you feel inclined to make these yourself, over at Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasm, or Deborah of Taste and Tell.

25 comments:

Dianne said...

Sorry you didn't like them that much, but you're right they photos are great! :)

Jessika said...

They look like homemade krkofants I did earlier this month (but without the photos). It was fun, you "just" dip marshmallows in chocolate and dip in what you chose to dip them in.

marye said...

cocoa nibs are a great idea! I wonder what crushed espresso beans would be like?

glamah16 said...

I hear you about the month. Your phoots look excellent. Love the chili flakes!

Susan said...

I'm sorry these were not your cup of tea but they do look wonderful and your coatings are interesting -- especially the salt and chili!

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Wonderful photos and great toppings! I only had one pop, F will take the rest of them with him to work tomorrow.

Katie B. said...

What clever flavorings! I'm smitten!

Tartelette said...

At least you are not stuck with 40 pops!! That first photo is gorgeous! All the decorations are great!

Jenny said...

Sounds like you were smart to cut back on the recipe then. I do what I always do - try a little bit and take the rest to my co-workers!

Jenny said...

Your photos are amazing Anne!
Hope you find someone to share them with soon.

Tammy said...

wow, they look great even if you didnt like them all that much

maybelles mom said...

they look adorable and cocoa nibs are a great idea.

lynne said...

Sea salt and chili flakes! what a cool idea. The pops look great.

Cakelaw said...

I'm with Lynne - when I saw the sea slat and chilli flake combination, my first thought was "yum"!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those pops look very pretty and delicious! Great job here!

Cheers,

Rosa

L Vanel said...

It's very nice that you used different kinds of chocolates, and I bet they were all delicious!

Big Boys Oven said...

suah a smashing pops! love the varieties you had there!

Deborah said...

They look wonderful! I'm glad you found some time to make them, even if your month has been stressful.

Meeta said...

so gorgeous. they look pretty and so colorful!

Robin said...

Sea salt & chilli flakes?! How intriguing!

Dolores said...

I'm sorry you weren't more jazzed about this, but I'm glad you participated anyway. I love the one dipped in sea salt and chili flakes!

Jeanne said...

All round, an intriguing idea - clever you though for predicting you might not be that keen and only making a small percentage of the full recipe! I love the various toppings - particularly the cocoa nibs. And yes - pretty pics!

Sheryl said...

Delicious!!!

Texana said...

OOOO! I love cocoa nibs--wish I had thought of that!

nek0 said...

Totally amazing pictures! :)

I love the chili idea!!!! I wasn't near that inventive :(