The Lollipop Guild- Er, Daring Bakers

Another month, another Daring Baker Challenge. What I want to know is where the month of April went! Did I forget to set my alarm and sleep through a solid chunk of days? Or for that matter, did I even get to sleep once, since the longer days of sunshine have persuaded me to add in a few hours to my daily routine? Either way, I found myself scrambling to get this one done, and I’m almost embarrassed to present my haphazard results after browsing through so many other far more impressive and professional works of pastry art.

Right off the bat, this one didn’t sound too difficult; Cheesecake pops. We’re talking cheesecake, scooped into balls, skewered onto lollipop sticks, and dunked into chocolate. What could be bad about that? Modifications were pretty basic, and conversions from regular cream cheese to tofutti was a no-brainer. I happened to have vegan sour cream on hand, so that replaced the egg, and I also used potato starch instead of flour because I wanted to share these with family during Passover. Finally, there was little choice but to scaled down the recipe in a big way, because there was no way I could justify shelling out the cash for 5 tubs of tofutti cream cheese for this little side project. Adding in just a touch of peppermint oil for a refreshing flavor to contrast with the chocolate, I set up a miniature water bath in an 8-inch round cake pan- My small batch of cheesecake batter fit perfectly!

Patience became a thing of the past once the base was fully baked and out of the oven- Forget waiting 3 hours for it to “thoroughly chill;” I tossed the whole thing into the freezer straight away, anxious to finish up and get a taste! It was a very forgiving recipe and no harm came of my haste, so before long I had 18 lovely lollipops dipped in chocolate, and then rolled in either chopped pistachios or cacao nibs.  Just do me a favor and ignore their partial nudity, as I had just finished munching away on my chocolate chips when I realized that they would be needed for other applications… My remaining supply was a bit limited.

While unimpressive in appearance, these little morsels of creamy goodness were a wonderful treat, and were certainly easy enough to consider making again for a gathering or party. But until then, I beg you to go look at the other Daring Bakers’ creations, as their talent really puts me to shame this month.

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60 thoughts on “The Lollipop Guild- Er, Daring Bakers

  1. You might have had the right idea going straight to the freezer… my cheesecake didn’t want to form balls straight from the ‘fridge. And I love how you scaled the recipe down to a more appropriate size.

  2. Cheesecake lollipops…. dipped in chocolate! What an incredible idea, they look amazing, who came up with this concept?

  3. Mmmm… cheesecake! Beautiful! I personally like the “partial nudity”… the contrast in color and texture is beautiful and inviting. I hope everyone enjoyed.

  4. How can you say your pops look unimpressive? The pistachios in it alone are enough to make me want to reach out for one!

  5. Hannah – You did a wonderful job on your cheesecake pops. I bet the peppermint flavor tasted fabulous with the chocolate.

    Keep the Alternative Daring Bakers in mind for May for the next bake along.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  6. Your pops are lovely. A little nudity never hurt anyone, plus being able to see the cheesecake makes them more visually appealing than just looking a a blob of chocolate. Well done.

  7. April sure did go by quickly, not that I’m complaining- May is on it’s way!

    The lollipops looks so fancy and yummy! Mmm….chocolate and pistachio covered cheesecake- my mouth is watering!

  8. As a fellow woman of haste, I hear you about the freezer. As a fellow woman of haste, I question how you got such pretty, circular balls when mine are anything but.

  9. I’m not much of a baker anymore and I don’t have vegan supplies on hand (although my daughter would like that), but your humorous recitation made me WANT to try it your way.

    I might be able to make cheesecake lollipops are nice as yours, but I’m sure that my story won’t be told as well. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Your pops look wonderful! I would never have thought to do that with cheesecake. How nice that you can eat them during the holiday! That makes them even better, right? ;)

  11. Ooo they look great! The little water bath you setup is cute! Great idea to use cacao nibs. I have never used them in baking before – I’ve only tried them as is.

  12. those are gorgeous! I actually like that there’s not too much chocolate so you can see the cheese, and I LOVE the pistachios. they must go so well with the creamy cake!

  13. Did you have any problems dipping these? The last time I made cheesecake lollipops they kept falling off the stick as I dipped them…

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