Daring Bakers POP! (Dairy-free cheesecake pops with recipe)

I’ve had a lot of fun with every Daring Baker challenge I’ve participated in. I’m still an amateur baker and each month I’ve had to do something I’ve never done before.

First, I tackled my biggest baking fear – yeast. Next, was the first time I had ever made Swiss meringue buttercream (which I now make on a regular basis). In January, I made my first lemon meringue pie including my first time making lemon curd. And last month, I made my first layer cake.

This month is no exception for the list of firsts. Cheesecake. I happen to love cheesecake, but I haven’t had any since finding out I was lactose intolerant. I just figured cheesecake would be one of those things I wouldn’t have again without being in extreme pain (or taking an entire box of Lactaid crushed over the cheesecake).

With the help of the NEW Daring Bakers site, I was able to get my questions answered and made the cheesecake completely dairy free. And it’s delicious! The pops are so cute and an easy way to bring cheesecake to a party. Thanks to this month’s hostesses: Deborah from Taste and Tell and Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms. Be sure to check out the DB blogroll to see all the other cheesecake pops.

Cheesecake Pops
Adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Me (halved the recipe and made it dairy free)
Makes ~35 pops

2 1/2 8-ounce package of Toffuti Better than Cream Cheese – at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoon of flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 Tbsp full-fat soymilk + 2 tsp Earth Balance margarine – melted, mixed and cooled to room temp
1/2 pound dark chocolate
1 tablespoon of shortening
straws & sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325F. Set some water to boil.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the eggs and the egg yolk, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream mixture (milk + butter).

Pour the batter into 8-inch pan, coated with cooking spray. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. (Mine took 50 minutes.)

Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight. (I refrigerated overnight.)

When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls (My cheesecake was very firm. I just cut the cheesecake into squares and triangles) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a straw into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 โ€“ 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In a double boiler (I use a bowl over a pan of boiling water), heat the chocolate and the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose itโ€™s shine after it has dried.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. (I let held the pop for a minute or so to let the chocolate set so that I wouldn’t have a “footprint” on my pops)

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

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14 Responses to “Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream”

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 31, 2013 at 8:14 am

    What a gorgeous chocolate!! I adore deep chocolate ice creams.

    • beantownbaker — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      You would definitely love this then. It’s so rich and chocolatey!

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 31, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I just got an ice cream maker and cannot wait to start trying it out… this looks a bit above my skill level, but a good thing to work towards!

    • beantownbaker — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:08 am

      I completely understand wanting to start out with an easier recipe. Sorbets are really easy. No cooking necessary for most sorbet recipes. But def keep this one in the back of your mind for when you feel more confident!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 31, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I made this dark chocolate ice cream last year, and it is definitely the best chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had. The 5-day wait time is pure torture, but it’s completely worth it. So glad you enjoyed this as much as I did!

    • beantownbaker — May 31st, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      I agree, it was complete torture, especially after taking a taste after it had processed in the machine…

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    A rich, deep chocolate ice cream is worth the wait! It’s so hard to find a recipe for the decadent chocolate ice I desire, this recipe has moved to the top of my to-do list!

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    Sues — June 3, 2013 at 6:48 am

    You can tell just by looking at this how rich and awesome it is!!

    • beantownbaker — June 7th, 2013 @ 8:52 am

      It’s seriously difficult to scoop it’s so thick!

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    Shannon — June 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    wowza, this certainly tell how rich and decadent it is!! i’m appreciating more and more those things that I only need a spoonful of to satisfy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • beantownbaker — June 7th, 2013 @ 8:53 am

      This is definitely one of those things. I love chocolate but could only handle one small scoop at a time.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 7, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Who isn’t a fan of chocolate?! This looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa T — June 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I would love to try this recipe. I am wondering why you used coconut milk, and I’m assuming full fat coconut milk?

    • beantownbaker — June 16th, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

      i use coconut milk because I’m lactose intolerant so I can’t use cow’s milk or heavy cream. If you want to use those dairy products, follow the instructions in the original recipe. And yes, I use full fat coconut milk.

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