Sunday, April 27, 2008

Daring to bake?

Okay, I have to be honest here and confess something to you: I am not domestic. Not at all. When other girls my age cook, I order in. When they bake, I swing by a bakery. I burn popcorn, toast, etc. No matter how easy it is, I can mess it up. Really.

Another thing: I don't like being bad at anything. Now, I had almost resigned myself to being a failure in the kitchen, a Martha-Stewart-dropout. But, out of pure stubbornness, I decided to sign up for the monthly Daring Bakers challenges. (Also, I have noticed that the baker friends I have tend to have better treats to munch on, which was further motivation.)

Making little balls out of squishy cheesecake made some of my Type-A craziness come out. I could not get those darn little blobs blobs to look like balls. Josh says the blobbiness as opposed to perfect spheres gives them character. I didn't know my cheesecake needed character, but hey, I'll go with it.

Next came the chocolate sauce. I had to test it a lot. You know, just to be sure it was good.


Dipping the blobs into the choclatey goodness...


And, ta-da! The finished product! Even though they may not be pretty or perfectly symmetrical, I must admit, they are delicious!

Overall, I think the recipe was good. It was a challenge (because, hey, everything in the workld of baking/cooking is challenging to me). The taste is outstanding. The only problem? Those little sticks make them less portable than your average baked goods, making sending them to school with Josh to share with his students more challenging. Ah well, more for me!

27 comments:

Marye said...

Very nice! The nuts are a great addition.
marye
bakingdelights.com

Shellyfish said...

They look yum!

HoneyB said...

Great job! I feel if you had the patience to do this challenge then you will probably succeed in the kitchen in your further adventures!

H said...

Ooooh yummy!

Fran Z said...

Oh! They are pretty! Welcome to DB!

Elle said...

Perfectly round is over rated anyway. Your pops are wonderful! Love the way the coating looks and the nuts. You are right about the sticks, but they'd be pretty messy to eat without the sticks. Glad you are challenging yourself in the kitchen. Great job!

Nanette said...

YUM!

WeezerMonkey said...

Impressive!

Now who are all these commenters?

dapotato said...

very nice! i thought you did cook/bake well for some reason (maybe your thanksgiving post?).

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your first challenge! Great job!

Best,
Sarah

Rachel said...

Looking good or not..tasted good right..like that attitude!

Winnie said...

I think they look pretty good :) And really, it's the taste that counts.

amber said...

::drool::

please bring to the next gtg. kthx. :)

Amy J. said...

Awesome job! I'm glad you jumped on in with both feet!

I(dot)J said...

How funny.... I didn't know you signed up. Do you mean that we're now apart of (DARE I SAY) 2 families.... :)

Yay... you're look de-lish!

Melissa said...

Congrats on signing up. Mine were "blobs" too! By the way, I stuck mine back in the freezer and then put them in ziplocs frozen. They were easier to transport that way.

Ashley said...

Those look delicious!! Then again, can you really go wrong with cheesecake & chocolate? :)

California Girl said...

Those look great! YUM!

Sarah said...

Chocolatey blobs on sticks. mmmmmm

Christine said...

I like the texture that your pops had! My pops didn't come out perfectly round and it gives them character! Congrats on the DB challenge you did great!

Josh said...

THESE WERE SOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!

i was even lucky enough to take some extras to school and now my wife is THE most popular girl at my Middle School...with the teachers!!!

GOOD JOB BABY!

...how long do i have to wait till the next one!!!???

*** said...

they look yum-o. care package, destination: norcal! :)

R said...

How awesome! Now you've inspired me to try and make these.

Lunch Buckets said...

Welcome to the group! You know you don't want things to look TOO perfect - else everyone will think you bought them :)

wan-nabe said...

i think they look cute, especially all dressed up. they remind me of the fancy caramel apples at the mall!

The Webers said...

What a cool idea! I forwarded your Daring Baker blog to our Food editor and she enjoyed your "spikey" cheesecake balls. She was even so inspired that she's joining to do the next challege! I wish I had time to bake right now. Sigh! Maybe someday Norah will be able to entertain herself so I can play in the kitchen again.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job! Wonderful step towards being more domestic! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!