When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
When your oven overbakes your cheesecake, you make cheesecake pops.
Okay, when you press the snooze button and overbake your cheesecake, you make cheesecake pops.
Understandably, we polished off my deliciously authentic, healthified Classic Cheesecake fairly quickly. There was only one solution to a cheesecake obsessed family: bake it again. Sadly, round two didn't go as planned and I left the cheesecake baking in the oven for a little too long. I was dismayed to see dark brown edges and deep surface crevices. Why do snooze buttons exist??
But, there was a way to salvage it: mash it horrifically and make cake pops. Because sometimes, beautiful things can come from ugly, not so appetizing things.
I mean, would you have ever guessed that I overbaked this?? Nope!
And as I served this, no one knew my little secret.
Classic Cheesecake Pops:
(makes 5 pops per cheesecake slice)
1/10 of Healthy Classic Cheesecake, slightly overbaked* (including crust)
2.5oz Dark Chocolate, melted (or whatever chocolate you like)
*If you are diligent and didn't overbake the cheesecake, just add 1-2 tbs of whole wheat (or GF) graham cracker crumbs to the "batter" until it can roll nicely into balls, as pictured below
1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper, set aside.
2. Put slice of cheesecake into a bowl:
3. Mash with a fork:
4. Scoop mixture and roll into 1" balls. Place on cookie sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes:
5. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Put the cheesecake balls on popsicle sticks and coat in chocolate. Place on cookie sheet and refrigerate for about an hour, or until firm. Serve chilled.
I was actually expecting these pops to have a lot more calories and fat than they really do... I guess it's from the richness of the cheesecake and the sweetness of the chocolate. I totally don't feel any guilt for eating 3 pops in a row, hehe. Surprisingly enough, most of the calories/fat come from the chocolate and not the cheesecake!
Finally, something good came out of the snooze button!