Bin of cheesecake pops
Originally uploaded by watchjennybake.
The basic premise is that you make a cheesecake, make balls out of it, and dip them in chocolate and other things. I had some creative inspiration that I didn't follow through on, mainly because the texture of the cheesecake was a bit too delicate. I wanted to make balls and decorate them in three different ways, and turn them into cheesecake pop shish-ka-bobs. It just wasn't meant to be.
The cheesecake had a really hard time setting up. I had baked it for double the time required when I took it out because it had started to crack, but I don't think the recipe was as infallible as I would have liked. As a result I had to take an extra day or so with this recipe, allowing more time to work around the softness of the cheesecake.
The cheesecake itself was left in the fridge overnight before balls were made, and the pops were frozen overnight rather than just for a few hours before being dipped in chocolate. Even as I dipped them, as they came to room temperature the chocolate seemed to want to stick less.
When I finished this recipe, I was not feeling like my cheesecake pops were particularly photogenic. I am always bringing recipes into work, but my co-workers never end up in my pictures.
Not this time. I sent out an e-mail informing them that showing up for break and cheesecake pops meant they might end up in the blog. Caroline, pictured here, was so excited about this idea that she posed for a picture even though she didn't eat a cheesecake pop!
Janet gives the cheesecake pops a thumbs up.
Susan models the first problem with how I made the recipe. When I went to the grocery store, they had no popsicle sticks. The only thing I could find were coffee stirring straws, which are remarkably flimsy.
Linda models one way to eat the cheesecake pop, by supporting its weight with the thumb from the other hand.
Elaina just decides to attack hers. I would like to be able to say that no cheesecake pops were harmed in the making of this blog, but that would be a lie.
Ed uses an extra toothpick to try to solve the eating problem, but it falls on the table anyway.
My cheesecake pops were pretty mobile. They even made a house call to be consumed by a librarian who recently had surgery.
Not all of the cheesecake got made into pops. This recipe really makes quite a bit! The first strawberries of the season had started to show up, so some of it was eaten with those. It made me wish I had thought to poke some strawberry pieces into the cheesecake balls before dipping in chocolate - that would have been a dream.
Speaking of strawberries, I might have bought a gallon today, and might be spreading the strawberry love shortly in my blog. Stay tuned.
Categories: Chocolate, Cream Cheese, Daring Bakers
The pops look very pretty. I LOVE the photos of your co workers eating pops!
I like the last photo with the plain cheesecake and fresh strawberry. Your co workers lloks happy to recieve such a treat!
Your pops look great! I took mine to work too and everyone loved them, except that the first bite usually caused them to fall off the stick! :) Good job!
I absolutely love your post! Great photos and what great sports your coworkers are!
Ha ha ha! I love that you got pics of your co-workers noshing on the pops - that's classic :) They look great and you did a fantastic job of decorating them.
Great note & pictures :)
How great Jenny! It's fun to share. They look great!
great job on the challenge!!! love the pic of elaina attacking her pop! lol
i found my sticks at michael's- they're made by wilton so i'm sure you can get them on their site, too- that is if you were going to make them again... you never know!
Your pops look great and everyone seemed to enjoy them! Good job!
Haha Fun pics! Your pops look great! My co-workers loved mine also!
Love the pictures. You must be the favorite person in your office!
Mmmmm, those look REALLY good. Aaaaand, now I want cheesecake. :)
I kept half of my cake for another time, too. It's in the freezer right now awaiting PMS, guests or another worthy occasion.
How fun it is to share! Nice job--and the strawberry one made me realized what an opportunity I missed too!
Lucky co-workers! And the bite with the strawberry - yum!!
Love the photos! Great job
Love the "action shots"!
Oh I just LOVED your post. Everyone's reaction was just classic. I really struggled with the what another daring baker described as, "lumpy, old, hand cream". I had high hopes for my pops too -- I had purchased a few different types of chocolate but after the first batch with the toffee and almonds, I just wasn't willing to sacrifice it.
I think you did a fabulous job and coffee stir sticks? Way to improvise!
Love the co-worker shots! Beautiful pops... very well done!
I loved your post. What great people you work with! As far as being photogenic goes, how can any type of cheesecake not be gorgeous? Hmmm?
How fun to see another DB from South Carolina! Glad your coworkers liked them so much. They look pretty!
I agree, this recipe makes a LOT of cheesecake! It's great when you have enough to share with others :)
Your office mates look like they enjoyed it.
That was funny! I love how you got your co-workers in on a taste test! Great photos. Love the strawberry with the cheesecake on the spoon.
Fun post! Your coworkers are officially famous now. Your pops turned out great, I think, even with the flimsy straws!!
Oh your pops look fantastic, and i love the fun picts of your co-workers. I also used some of the excess cheesecake for other treats. I thought it was delicious! Great Job!
Pops in action! Loved the pics! To be real honest... I would have welcomed some of that strawberries to tame the richness.
I love your co-worker reaction shots!
This post made me smile today! Great looking pops!! I can't wait to see some strawberry love!
I love your blog, and the pics of everyone enjoying are priceless! Thanks for finding me so that I could find you! I will be back :)
I've never been a huge fan of cheesecake, but *my* does that last picture look good.
Fresh fruit makes anything a delicacy :)
Lol, I love your coworkers expressions! Your pops look lovely!
I love this post, your pops are really yummy I can see that in the face of your work parners :)
Your co workers look very happy! I have to say, I'm loving that last photo too!
These are great! My librarian (public library in the Los Angeles area...but I did graduate from UCLA!) co-workers loved my pops too. Great job!
Sounds like you & your co-workers had a lot of fun with this! It's impossible NOT to enjoy eating something from a stick - even when you have a bit of trouble with the stick! Great job - they look beautiful.
good job on the challenge, and your colleagues are great sports too. :)
They're beautiful - but even more beautiful are the faces of your co-workers hahaha!
Hi Jenny, that's such a good idea to include your co-workers in this entry! Going by your occupation, I'm sure you know a lot about music :)
Nice meeting you!
A strawberry in the middle of the pop? Now that sounds like a heck of an idea!
Thank goodness for coworkers or else projects would never be consumed! I think shish kabobs would have been fun! Maybe laying the cheesecake balls in a row, stringing a wooden skewer through them, and freezing them? Great job!
Your photo essay is really nice: I had fun reading it. I think the pairing with strawberries is a good idea.
I would appear we had the same idea with the fruit! I like the pictures of your co-workers enjoying your pops. That's great.
I think your pops are totally photogenic! They're gorgeous! The photos are awesome - you and your coworkers really captured the heartwarming joy of eating and sharing deliciousness. Three cheers to you for brightening your coworkers' day!
(P.S. Thank you so much for your lovely, kind DB comment on my blog...)
Lovely looking pops! The photos of your colleagues are priceless!
Jenny, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I am glad it traced me to yours:) You have a great blog and I am going to subscribe to you!
Oh, your pops look marvelous and yummy! No wonder your co-workers look so happy:))
Jenny, can't see you RSS subscription link. Please help.
What a nice treat for your co-workers! And I'm kind of glad I cheated and didn't use the sticks... looks like they were hard to eat!
I really like the photos of your colleagues--they look like a a fun bunch of people...mind you us music librarians* wouldn't surround ourselves with non-fun people :)
*I'm an ex-music librarian--no formal training, just found myself in charge of one of the province's largest choral libraries...funny how that happens...
What a great idea to get pictures of your co-workers enjoying the pops!
Nice post. The shots of your coworkers eating them are great. I used the same straws and had the same problems in that they could not hold the weight of the pops.
Looks like everyone loved them and understandably so!
Very cute! I loved all the photos of your co-workers enjoying the pops.
looks like everyone at work enjoyed them!! :) enjoying them w/strawberries sounds like a great idea too :)
Haha. Love all the pics of people enjoying them!
Amazing pops and I love all the photos of them being eaten in many a different way!
Great post, and lots of happy colleagues with lovely pops :)
I think the photos of your co-workers are great! A very good idea!
Great photos, and awesome post. I love the way you documented everyone eating/attacking the pops.
We gobbled up lots of plain cheesecake too!!! Love the pics with your coworkers....
Fun pics! Nice to see everyone enjoying the pops, (which I know took forever to make... mine didn't set up as much as I thought it would either).
Don't ya just love it when everyone thinks your food tastes great! Good job!
I loved your pictures and your post for that challenge :)
Great job your cheeseCake are very nice
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amusing, I can't stop laugh!!!!
maybe the real sense of the monthly DB challenge is this: meet new special people!!!
I think I'll take some snapshots of the testers next month- great idea and well done on the challenge!
Your photos are so funny!
I looove the strawberry idea - molding some cheesecake around a strawberry chunk, then dipping in chocolate, then coating with graham cracker crumbs - just like a real cheesecake!
that's what it's all about-friends enjoying your creations!
sorry to hear the texture wasn't right, i think it all depends on the brands of cream cheese, my cake was surprisingly firm even without refrigerating. your pops looked great, nevertheless.
Those pictures are just too funny! I found myself smiling all the way through your post!
I love the descriptions & pictures of all the ways to eat a cheesecake pop! I am a late baker, but I did actually get my post up, it's here.
Great on the pops! The reportage pictures are precious!
Sharing is caring. Wait to go! Pretty pops you have there. :)
I love the 'action' photos! So cute and so true. The pops were great but definitely hard to eat!
The curd did not make the cheesecake slip at all, but it did take longer to freeze overall until they were ready to dip. I weighed the cheesecake to only about 1.25 oz. and let the extra .75 oz. be curd weight, so they weren't too heavy.
Thanks for your comment, your cheesecake pops look beautious and delish!
Oh my. Poor Ed with his fallen cheesecake! That is a truly sad moment. :-) They look awesome!
I also had trouble eating my pops due to lack of lolly sticks - I used cocktail sticks for mini pops! But I don't think my family got into the spirit of it to the extent your coworkers did ^__^
Priceless photos! The strawberry idea is terrific -- there's always next time. Try looking for sticks on eBay if you can't find them locally
I love your shish-kabob idea... and your coworkers' eagerness to enjoy the spoils of your labor is great!
That's so cute. I love how game your co-workers were, to taste and even pose for photos :)
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