Vanilla Cheesecake Lollipops

Easter is approaching and I wanted to use wheatgrass for some kind of presentation. We used to make lollipops all the time in the hotel where I worked last. Cookies in a stick, sugar lollipops, chocolate lollipops and this one was my favorite, cheesecake lollipops.

Growing up, we didn’t celebrate Easter the same way Americans celebrate it. We didn’t have an Easter bunny, or egg hunts or colorful eggs. For us Easter meant going to church on Good Thursday and having our feet washed during mass. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you what that meant. The week before Easter was somber with church processions and a mourning environment. Or at least that’s my recollection of it.

Monday after Easter Sunday was always great though because we used to eat “mokots”, a brioche type of yeast bread topped with a hard cooked egg. I always looked forward to Easter just for that bread.

My mom was the best helper and taster during her visit

This is a very simple cheesecake recipe but the vanilla adds such a warmth and aroma. I used silicon mats, also called flexipans, to bake the custard in and once baked, froze them so they can pop out really easily. That’s the beauty of silicon molds, you can bake in them, throw them in the freezer, they are really easy to wash… Endless possibilities.

If you do not have a silicon mold however, you can bake the cheesecake mix in any cake pan, sheet pan or cheesecake pan you have. Once baked and cooled, refrigerate the whole pan overnight. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and with a small ice cream scoop, make small balls. Place these balls on a sheet pan and freeze them so they don’t fall apart when you dip them in chocolate. And while they are in the freezer, insert a lollipop stick and freeze again so they are hard solid when you want to dip them.

I know, I know, it sounds complicated but it really isn’t!

Vanilla Cheesecake

450 grams organic cream cheese, room temperature
135 grams sugar
150 grams creme fraiche (or sour cream)
1 vanilla bean
2 organic eggs
15 grams cornstarch
30 grams organic heavy cream

Cream the cream cheese with the sugar in the Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment. Make sure you scrape the bowl a couple of times to avoid lumps later on. Add sour cream, vanilla and the eggs one at a time. Add cornstarch and heavy cream. Mix until well combined and there are no lumps.

Pour mix into mini half sphere silicon molds. Place this silicon mold on a sheet pan. Place inside oven. Carefully pour some boiling water on the sheet pan to create a water bath. Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes. Let the pans cool and then place in the freezer and freeze until the cheesecake is frozen solid.

Remove the pan from the freezer. At this point, you must work quickly because we want to keep the spheres hard solid so they don’t lose their round shape while we handle them. Make a ball with the half sphere cheesecake pieces and insert a lollipop stick in the middle. Lay these on the sheet pan as you work through all your pieces. Repeat this process with all the cheesecake we have baked. Place lollipops in the freezer again.

Melt some dark chocolate over a double boiler, remove from the heat and dip the frozen cheesecake in it. Dip into chopped pistachios. Keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.

Happy Easter everyone… eta Aberri Egun on bat pasa!


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25 Responses to “Vanilla Cheesecake Lollipops”

  1. Heavens! Can those get any cuter? What fun you must have dreaming some of these things up. They look just lovely and sound delicious!!

  2. Love the styling with the wheatgrass, you put us all to shame, and are an inspiration at the same time! Wonderful! Happy Easter!

  3. Veron says:

    This is soooo lovely Aran! Happy Easter to you too!

  4. B says:

    Always surprising and imaginative presentations for the delightful desserts. Thse lollipops just remind me of the chewing gum filled “Koyak” lollipops, although I much rather these cheesecake fillings!

  5. linda says:

    The flowers/lollipops look so pretty and delicious too!
    Happy Easter to you too!

  6. Suzana says:

    Too cute! Lovely lollipops and I’m sure very delicious.

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  7. Ann says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You’re so talented!

  8. Okay…these are perfection! I love mini desserts, so these are definitely hitting the spot. I love your photos again, so artistic!

  9. Aran, Everything you create is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth! These lollipops are too cute for words. Such a creative presentation! I love everything about them.

    Happy Easter to you and your lucky family!

  10. Irene says:

    Oh my gosh, you are amazing! These are amazing!

  11. Bridget says:

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to make these for my cheesecake-loving little boy! :)

    My sister and I made your chocolate sandwiches last night. YUM!

  12. Cakespy says:

    Fantastic–the perfect size for a rich treat, I think–enough to enjoy and savor but not so much to make you feel badly. I would gladly have been a taster in THIS project!! :-)

  13. Oh my god these sound like heaven on a stick!!! Am definitely making these a.s.a.p am so glad it’s a bank holiday weekend in Ireland this weekend!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    aran! your talent and artistry are amazing. i absolutely love this recipe idea and cant wait to try it! your website is addictive!!!!
    love, deena

  15. giz says:

    I think everyone has already said everything I could even remotely think of saying. Bravo – exceptional.

  16. Tartelette says:

    The lollipops are exquisite! I would have to eat a dozen to be sure though :)
    The feet washing: Jesus washed the feet of his disciple before his death. Easter for me was mass, lamb and one chocolate hen and a few chocolate fishes…great memories!!

  17. Aran says:

    Thank you everyone for these lovely comments! So kind!

    Helen- yes, you are right! I rememeber the feet washing now… I’m so bad… if my grandma hear that I didn’t know what the feet washing meant she would not be happy… oops… And lamb was also part of our menu and mamia too, my favorite! How could have I forgotten about that???!!!

  18. Peabody says:

    Absolutely adorable! I have seen those many times but in the wheat grass…too cute.

  19. those are the cutest lollipops! i could definitely use one of them right now! and the cheesecake looks so creamy.

  20. Lylah says:

    Basque? I was just in Basque county and blogged my way through it and loved it…http://lylahledner.blogspot.com/2008/01/friday-evening-in-basque-country.html

    love your blog…i’ll come back

  21. Mandy says:

    wow! I am mesmerized by your photos! Great job.

  22. i love your playful photos. lovely idea with the cheesecake on sticks! happy easter!

  23. I love the last shot of your pic! Very elegant!

  24. Rosa says:

    Entusiasmada estoy con tus recetas.
    De nuevo enhorabuena por este blog.
    Saludos

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