• June 29, 2016

    Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles

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    Summer holidays started for kids this week, and although mine (as baby and 3-year-old) are still on permanent holiday, there’s an excitement buzzing in the air.

    Seeing the kids run loose at the playground gives me the flip in my stomach I used to get every day in June until we were released for the school year. Sitting in classrooms with goosebumps, wearing shorts and tank tops that it was not quite warm enough to justify. Eyes glued to the big clock that slowed its ticking to a tortuously unhurried cadence as the month progressed.

    When the bell finally rang on the last day, the summer seemed to yawn in front of us like a big, sweltering, lazy, never-ending stretch of time with warm, starry nights and endless possibility.

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    Popsicles make me feel like a kid on summer vacation. With dirty feet, a lawn sprinkler, a sunscreen glow and permission to stay up past my bedtime.

    These ones, though, are decidedly grown up, with rich, creamy cheesecake, a fresh cherry compote swirl and buttery graham crumbles. I made them on a whim after having a blackberry cheesecake popsicle at the farmer’s market (shout-out to Johnny’s Pops!).

    Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Popsicles | www.foodess.com

    I just kind of threw the ingredients together, but they turned out even better than I’d even hoped.  Everyone who tried them (myself included) expected them to be yummy, but then it was like a gustatory double take – like this:

    *lick*

    Yum.

    Wait. What?

    *lick*

    Whoa, these are like REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

    *lick lick lick lick*

    So you should make them.

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    The cheesecake base has a bit of lemon juice to emphasize the cheesecake-y tang, and a splash of almond extract to complement the cherry compote.  Don’t leave either of these out, they’re the magical secret ingredients.

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    Cherry Cheesecake Popsicles

    Rich, creamy cheesecake popsicles with fresh cherry compote swirl, graham cracker crumbles & a couple of secret ingredients + starry nights, goosebumpy legs, and the magic of summer.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Canadian
    Servings: 10
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    Ingredients

    Cherry swirl

    • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries packed
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

    Cheesecake base

    • 8 oz cream cheese softened
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup full-fat greek yogurt
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/8 tsp almond extract

    Craham cracker "crust"

    • 3 tbsp crushed graham crackers
    • 1 tsp melted butter

    Instructions

    • Stir cherries and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until cherries release their juices, reducing heat when they come to a rapid simmer. Maintain a low simmer until cherries are soft and juices start to thicken, about 10 minutes. Cool completely. (Which you can do quickly by scraping the compote into a freezer bag and submerging in an ice bath.)
    • With an electric mixer (or a strong arm), whisk together cheesecake base ingredients until smooth and fluffy.
    • In a separate small bowl, stir butter into graham crumbs until it resembles wet sand.
    • Alternate spoonfuls of cheesecake base and cherry compote into popsicle moulds until about 3/4 full.  Top with graham crumble and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze until completely solid, at least 4 hours.  To release popsicles easily from moulds, run them under hot water until they come out with a gentle tug.
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    Say goodbye to your classic frozen treats and try out this amazing homemade Cherry Cheesecake Popsicle Recipe with fresh fruity compote and graham cracker crumbs! No ice cream or ice pop can compare to this sweet treat. Find out how you can make this simple recipe today!

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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    Lynn
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    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Lynn
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    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Lynn
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    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Emilia
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    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was!  The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Emilia
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    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was!  The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Unhip Squirrel
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    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Chungah
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    Chungah

    What a nice change on the traditional creme brulee. I’m sure this tastes fantastic, and I cannot wait to give this a try.

    Oh and I think I’m going to have to buy a kitchen torch 🙂

    Chungah
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    Chungah

    What a nice change on the traditional creme brulee. I’m sure this tastes fantastic, and I cannot wait to give this a try.

    Oh and I think I’m going to have to buy a kitchen torch 🙂

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
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    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Chungah
    Guest
    Chungah

    What a nice change on the traditional creme brulee. I’m sure this tastes fantastic, and I cannot wait to give this a try.

    Oh and I think I’m going to have to buy a kitchen torch 🙂

    Irene
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    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Irene
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    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Emilia
    Guest

    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was! &#160The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Emilia
    Guest

    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was! &#160The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Lynn
    Guest

    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Emilia
    Guest

    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was! &#160The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Emilia
    Guest

    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was! &#160The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Lynn
    Guest

    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Irene
    Guest
    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Emilia
    Guest

    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was!  The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Irene
    Guest
    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Emilia
    Guest

    I’m honestly not that familiar with grapefruit or creme brulee, but this post certainly makes me wish I was!  The little pots look gorgeous, I’m definitely going to have challenge myself and make this soon 🙂

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Lynn
    Guest

    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Irene
    Guest
    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Chungah
    Guest
    Chungah

    What a nice change on the traditional creme brulee. I’m sure this tastes fantastic, and I cannot wait to give this a try.

    Oh and I think I’m going to have to buy a kitchen torch 🙂

    Lynn
    Guest

    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Irene
    Guest
    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo
    Guest
    Ladybug @ anykitchenwilldo

    It was meant to be! In my fridge I have six egg yolks left over from another recipe, as well as a grapefruit. I look forward to making your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    Lynn
    Guest

    I’m a big grapefruit fan too. I love having segmented pieces with a drizzle of honey on them. This sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to try it!

    Irene
    Guest
    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

    Unhip Squirrel
    Guest

    I wish you had come up with this idea 2 years ago.

    Sheesh.

    Then I might have been able to eat it.

    Irene
    Guest
    Irene

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved by all!

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