Sunday, April 27, 2008

My April DB challenge- Cheesecake Brulee Bites

I love love love mini, bite-sized treats! Which is why I was so elated to find out this month's DB challenge are bite-sized cheesecake treats! There's just something about diminutive, individually-portioned bites that is appealing to me. I think part of the reason is portion control so I won't overeat, but I can promise you that's a hard feat because these cheesecake treats are so very yummy! And the challenge comes in good time too as I have been hankering for creamy, rich cheesecake lately.

The lovely Deborah and Elle were the kind hostesses this month and chose the recipe from a cookbook that simply the most scrumptious title ever: Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey. Seriously, how can you not love it?

The recipe itself was very simple and straightforward. However, I had a slight problem with the cheesecake not setting beautifully. All I did to solve the issue was to freeze the cheesecake balls with the popsicle sticks for about half an hour. I just had a pretty decadent weekend and wanted something lighter. My daring adjustments include using Neufchatel cheese that supposedly has 1/3 less fat than normal cream cheese, and coating the cheese balls with sugar and bruleeing them instead of super rich chocolate.
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The cheesecake balls didn't freeze completely but was solid enough to withstand a super hot torch. Unfortunately, they weren't as perfectly spherical as I wanted them to be and the not-so-perfect-ly-spherical shape was more detectable without a nice chocolate coat. Overall, the cheese pops were delish and just the right-sized "light" treat I wanted. Like the book its recipe came out of, these sure were sticky, chewy, messy and gooey, just the kind of dessert I like *winks*
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If you want to salivate over more of these cheesecake balls, check out my friends' creations here and be prepared to be blown away!

18 comments:

glamah16 said...

What a cool idea. Brillant.

Dharm said...

Maria! What a clever idea to brulee the cheesepops! Well done my friend!

Baking Soda said...

Love the idea, and I do have some naked cheese cake bites in the freezer... Thanks!

Veron said...

What a unique idea to brulee the pops. I bet that gives it a great depth of flavor!

Lunch Buckets said...

Bruleed pops? Awesome!

Amy J. said...

Oooh, brulee'd pops - great idea!

kellypea said...

I like your not so perfectly round and smooth pops. The texture reminds me of ice cream, and the idea of torching them? Pure genius! I just gave away the last 8 of mine -- thankfully. My rear end thanks me.

Familia Bencomo said...

What a clever idea! I love, love, love creme brulee!

xoxox Amy

michelle said...

I LOVE the idea of bruleeing the pops! I'll bet that was wonderful!

Christine said...

I love creme brulee. Great idea!

Jen Yu said...

Ah wow, that's a great idea, to brulee!! I could get on board with that one. Great job on your pops :)

Renee said...

How creative! yummy!

Susan said...

Yet another reason I need a torch, and another reason why I love Daring Bakers -- cool cool idea!

cookworm said...

What a clever idea with the brulee! I think I'd have liked them much better that way. Great job!

Elle said...

Cheesecake bites brulee is a inventive and fun take on the challenge...great job!

Texana said...

Talk about WOW factor! Brulee'd cheesecake! How elegant. Congrats.

Dolores said...

Symmetry is highly overrated... your rustic bruleed cheesecake bites look sensational to me.

Texana said...

Well, now aren't you a clever foodiva! Congrats on a unique take on cheesecake!

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