Cheesecake Pops – Dunking With The Daring Bakers

Cheesecake Pops-Copyright©Tartelette 2008 I get excited every month about posting the Daring Bakers challenges. Actually it is more like an act in three part. On reveal day, I check our site in my pajamas like a kid waiting to open her Christmas present. I give myself a week or so to think about how I want to go about the challenge, baking, cutting, plating and photographing. Then, I usually get them done the second week and then I tend to lose the mood until posting day. That’s when it hits me, why I love it so much: it’s the sense of community, knowing that there is a bunch of us out there loving the same thing…baking and sharing the fruits of our labor. It may be more or less challenging for some of us each time but it gives me the opportunity to share my love of baking and eating with you all. I just realized my first challenge was on December 2006 with Biscotti, right after Lisa and Ivonne introduced the concept of a group baking session. Time flies when you are having fun!!

Since I have been in the States for over 10 years, I can’t say that cheesecake is new to me, having churned about 2-3 a day at work back in the days and a few here on this site However turning a cheesecake into a lollipop was something I had never done before but always wanted to try, ever since I had watched a show on a restaurant dunking big slices of cheesecake in chocolate and serving them as ice cream pops. But you know…so many recipes, so little time! That’s until Deborah from Taste and Tell and Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms chose these Cheesecake Pops from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor. Thank you ladies I don’t know when I would have gotten around to making these bites but thanks to the Daring Bakers, now it was… (I know, not grammatically correct but you get it).

I made the pops for our weekly gathering with the neighbors and decided to make half the recipe. This turned out to be a little mistake since one of the couples present was celebrating their anniversary yesterday and he asked me if I could make some as party favors and a small box with heart sprinkles on them especially for her. I forgot about it until yesterday morning and I was still duking pops a few hours before the party a la Bridget Jones….read with curlers in my hair and a party dress on. I also almost walked into the reception room with one curler still on my head but that is another story!

Anyways….each half batch took about 40-45 minutes to bake which makes me think that the 55 minutes indicated for the full batch is very very conservative, and from what other Daring Bakers have reported throughout the month, it was more like over an hour of baking time. I went for the queen of flavors (just my opinion) for the cake, vanilla, scraping a whole bean into the batter and the cake tasted like vanilla ice cream. I thought about adding a blueberry or a raspberry into each pop but in the end I kept relatively simple. The result? Decadent pleasure…
I used good old store bought chocolate chips for the coating and it worked perfectly. The only problem with a recipe that calls for variance in temperatures like dunking the frozen pops into hot chocolate coating where I live is that within 20 minutes with the humidity and the heat around make the chocolate sweat. I notice that this morning when I was dunking the remaining bites and taking extra pictures. It was humid and hot in the room where I was and it made my pops go into thermal shock!! No big deal, they did not suffer long… Will I make them again? Probably but this time I want to cut bigger slices and put them on ice cream sticks, ahahaha!!!

Cheesecake Pops-Copyright©Tartelette 2008 Cheesecake Pops, (full recipe) adapted from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor

Makes 30 – 40 Pops (or more if you make them small like I did)
Printable Recipe

5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
5 large eggs (I used 3 eggs when I baked half the recipe without a problem)
2 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, seeded
¼ cup heavy cream

Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks
1 pound chocolate, chopped or in chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
(Note: White chocolate is harder to use this way, but not impossible)

Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts, colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) I also used cut chocolate transfer sheets.

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil.
In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream.
Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes.
Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 to 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety.
Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.) Place the pop on a clean parchment paperlined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.
Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

Cheesecake Pops-Copyright©Tartelette 2008Don’t forget to check out the other Daring Bakers’ creations here and again thanks Lisa and Ivonne for your hard work this month setting us up with a brand new forum!!





144 responses to “Cheesecake Pops – Dunking With The Daring Bakers”

  1. Anonymous Avatar

    I don’t know what’s more impressive, the shapes of the pops themselves or the way you decorated them! All the colors and designs are just lovely. Gorgeous work on the challenge, I wish mine had come out so beautifully!

  2. KJ Avatar

    You’ve decorated them so beautifully. They look stunning.

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Gorgeous! I love those striped ones!

    Did you like them?

  4. Myndie Avatar

    Like the other three said, your’s are gorgeous! Thanks for the welcome:)
    I also love your writing style.

  5. Myndie Avatar

    Oh and I agree, bigger pops next time!

  6. Lis Avatar

    Simply gorgeous, my love! I love the way you decorated them. 😀

    I knew a half batch wasn’t going to be nearly enough once your neighbors had a taste. hahaha!


  7. Pixie Avatar

    They look wonderful, love them in the apples. 🙂

  8. Gigi Avatar

    Beautiful pops Tartelette! I love that you decorated each one so uniquely.

  9. Gabi Avatar

    Beautiful pops! Your decos are lovely! Love sharing this baking experience with you 🙂

  10. Kristen Avatar

    I love the pops, absolutely mouth watering. How in the world did you do the stripes? I would love to eat one on a popsicle stick too, you can never have too much cheesecake especially when it is covered in chocolate!!!!

  11. Helene Avatar

    Kristen: for the stripes, I used chocolate transfer paper that I cut.

  12. Nicole Avatar

    Oh dear!!! If I were to indulge once this week, would I choose your darling cheesecake pops or those tempting beignets??? HELP!!! It all looks sooooo good!

  13. Anonymous Avatar

    Tes lollipops sont adorable! C’est bien toi qui sait faire craquer les mecs! ( les filles aussi)

    La, si tu avais cybervision tu me verrai en train de fondre comme une glace sur la croisette au mois d’aout! 🙂

  14. My Sweet & Saucy Avatar
    My Sweet & Saucy

    These turned out great! I definitely want to give these a try…I have chocolate transfer sheets waiting for me right now!

  15. MyKitchenInHalfCups Avatar

    Weren’t they just a surprise! So much fun and really not much trouble. Although I found clean up a bit much.
    Yes, love the stripes!!!
    I’ll have to find me some chocolate transfer paper! ho!

  16. PheMom Avatar

    Oh, how pretty! Those transfer sheets are beautiful! I agree, huge thanks to Lisa and Ivonne for all their hard work on the new site!

  17. PheMom Avatar

    Oh, how pretty! Those transfer sheets are beautiful! I agree, huge thanks to Lisa and Ivonne for all their hard work on the new site!

  18. Anonymous Avatar

    so very pretty helene!

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  20. Anonymous Avatar

    Yours are so sweet. I love them.

  21. Julia Avatar

    They look so pretty, I especially love the striped ones. My cheesecake is in the fridge and I’ll be creating my pops today!

  22. Anita Avatar

    I love the ones with the transfers the best too, but really they are all too lovely and cute!

  23. zorra Avatar

    Real beauties your pops! So I was quite lucke wiht my cheesecake. It had to bake exactly 55 minutes and was perfect.

  24. Anonymous Avatar

    I completely agree about the sense of community. The pops are adorable and the apple stands brilliant!

  25. Kelly-Jane Avatar

    Gorgeous pops, you’ve decorated them so prettily.

  26. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    Extremely pretty! I love the ones with the transfers! As usual, you did a great job!



  27. Unknown Avatar

    Ok so another question from a someone who goes into a mental block…looking at your pics at odd angles and comes up with a question or two…and then I read your entry a couple more times to see if I can figure out the answer to the question : ‘How’d she do that?’ ok so the question is: How did you make all these different shaped cheesecake pops, I’m guessing maybe a cookie cutter…. Pls Help…

  28. Manggy Avatar

    Beautiful! Hmm… I wanna look like a grown-up so I’ll take the ultra-chic transfer sheet one, haha (even if I am a big goof at heart!) Just sneak me some sprinkles in secret later.

    Great suggestion, by the way, to sneak in a berry 🙂

  29. Cakelaw Avatar

    Great looking pops – I especially love the ones with the red stripey chocolate (how did you do this?).

  30. Deeba PAB Avatar
    Deeba PAB

    Pretty & perfect…how nice these are. Of course, am envious of your transfer sheets; never heard of something of the sort! This was indeed a fun challenge & avery novel one indeed!

  31. desie Avatar

    very pretty pops!

  32. Cannelle Et Vanille Avatar
    Cannelle Et Vanille

    Gorgeous Helen!

  33. Y Avatar

    Those are so colourful and pretty! I’m surprised you weren’t finding sprinkles in your hair at the party 🙂

  34. Katie Avatar

    Wow they look stunning and beautifully decorated.

  35. Deborah Avatar

    Your pops look absolutely perfect! And I’m glad we chose a recipe that excited you so much!

  36. Veron Avatar

    What can I say? These are magnificent. All the shapes and toppings are simply so impressive!

  37. Chris Avatar

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! And thanks for the giggle with the bridget jones visual. 🙂 Ha!

  38. Jerry Avatar

    Slacked jaw by how elegant the cheesecakes look! Always like seeing what you do every month with the challenge!

  39. Sarah Avatar

    Gorgeous! And I love the apple picture…so creative!

  40. Andrea Meyers Avatar
    Andrea Meyers

    Beautiful pops! I love the striped one.

  41. Mary Avatar

    As always, your’s are beautiful! I really like the star shaped one!

  42. glamah16 Avatar

    Beautiful. Especially the ones with the chcoclate transfer sheets. I dont know how you do it! Your amazing.

  43. Anne Avatar

    WOW! They are so beautiful as always! Love the different shapes you made 🙂

  44. LizNoVeggieGirl Avatar

    I’m glad that you get excited about each month’s Daring Bakers Challenge, since I get quite excited seeing YOUR contribution!! Your decorating skills are impeccable, as always – bravo, Helen!! Haha, better make a full batch next time! :0)

  45. Sheltie Girl Avatar
    Sheltie Girl

    You cheesecake pops are fabulous. I love all your different looks. My favorite is the chocolate in the different ribbons of colors…simply lovely.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

  46. Anonymous Avatar

    I’m so in love with those stripey ones!!

  47. Half Baked Avatar
    Half Baked

    Love the one you made with the chocolate transfers! adorable. great job as usual!!!

  48. BC Avatar

    My cheesecake pops didn’t suffer very long either; they were inhaled.

  49. Babeth Avatar

    super cute!
    mine as still in the fridge and have not even hit the web 😉

  50. Christine Avatar

    Your pops look amazing. Thank you for the comment on my blog. Your blog is fantastic and was what inspired me to join DB. Thanks

  51. Anonymous Avatar

    I love the stripes ones! That must have taken a long time to do 🙂

  52. Anonymous Avatar

    I always look forward to seeing your beautiful creations! These are no exception – so pretty. My favorites are the ones you did with the transfer paper, too! What a great idea. 🙂

  53. Mama Mia Avatar
    Mama Mia

    Everything you make is always so flawless and beautiful tartlette!! I just joined DB and will be starting next month! yeay!

  54. Anonymous Avatar

    Gorgeous..i love the way you used the transfer sheet

  55. myriam Avatar

    girl you are such a kick-ass baker. look at the deco – wonderful and so cute, i wouldnt dare to eat the pops. nice job!

  56. Kajal@aapplemint Avatar

    hELEN , u definitely get the no. 1 spot for this months theme. Absolutely fantastic presentation.

  57. Anonymous Avatar

    yours are beautiful as always.

  58. L Vanel Avatar
    L Vanel

    Beautiful colors! You did a great job!

  59. Anonymous Avatar

    I love all the different shapes & sprinkles!! How beautiful – and the apple photo is tops!

  60. Vanillaorchid Avatar

    They are so cuteeeeee…I love them so much!!

  61. jasmine Avatar

    As usual, your presentation is lo lovely. Granny Smith green is such a great colour–always makes me smile..


  62. Joey Biscotti Avatar
    Joey Biscotti

    I love all the shapes… They are gorgeous… and thanks for the birthday greetings!!!


  63. toontz Avatar

    Absolutely adorable!

  64. Anonymous Avatar

    Adorable! I love your shapes and the transfer.

  65. sunita Avatar

    Helen, your pops look so pretty..especially those stripy ones 🙂

  66. Anonymous Avatar

    Oh wow…Your pops look just perfect!

  67. Anonymous Avatar

    Ridiculously cute I tell you.

  68. Dagmar Avatar

    The striped ones are fantastic!

  69. Anonymous Avatar

    Love the decorations! And I find it surprising how much much grownups love these pops.

  70. pixie Avatar

    stunning! I don’t think transfers are available here so I’ll just have to look longingly at yours. They truly are spectacular! Congratulations again!

  71. pixie Avatar

    stunning! I don’t think transfers are available here so I’ll just have to look longingly at yours. They truly are spectacular! Congratulations again!

  72. Anonymous Avatar

    Very creative photos! I particularly love the apple usage – a new twist on Candy Apples to be sure!

  73. Jaime Avatar

    those are beautiful! i love the the stripey looking ones. mine started condensing/sweating while i was taking pictures, too…and it made me sad! luckily it didn’t take away from the taste though

  74. Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide Avatar
    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict….You Decide

    These are great….A superb idea. I just may have to make these for a cinco de mayo party!

  75. Carrie Avatar

    Awwwwww, these are great and I love how you used the apples for props! Very nice. What a gal!


    (sorry about the Bridget Jones incident)

  76. Jen Yu Avatar
    Jen Yu

    Adorable! You did such a wonderful job with your cheesecake pops 🙂 For all of the work you put into these, I think one curler in your hair would be acceptable. ha ha!

  77. Melanie Avatar

    Oh, I just KNEW yours would be splendid, and they are! I love the apple base!

  78. Jenny Avatar

    I can see why you got an instant order for more pops! Yours look amazing.

  79. Anonymous Avatar


  80. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Avatar
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    How did you make those beautiful striped chocolates? I love the whole idea of one-bite cheesecake, and of course anything tastes better on a stick!

  81. Joan Vicent Cantó Avatar
    Joan Vicent Cantó

    Perfect and delicious!!!

  82. Laurie Avatar

    I love them! Beautiful color choices. I have to know..what did you use to get those the effect!! 🙂

  83. mimi Avatar

    love using the apple as a base for these beautiful pops, so cute! your pops look great, especially love the striped one (and as with everyone else definitely curious how you did that?)

  84. Honey Pickles Avatar
    Honey Pickles

    Your pops look fabulous! Just found your blog. I can’t wait to try the apricot curd and beignets!

  85. Anonymous Avatar

    As usual, Helen, these are gorgeous!

  86. Lori Avatar

    Love the topiary look. Very imaginative. I love all these pops all over the sites. They are so cute and inviting.

    I particularly liked your stripe one!

  87. Peabody Avatar

    The transfers were a cute idea. They look a thousand times better than mine!

  88. Nemmie Avatar

    Gorgeous! I love the decorations, especially those lovely stripes.

    Glad you found that curler before making your entrance at the party 😉

  89. Anonymous Avatar

    Yummm these look amazing! I’m going to have to join this Daring Bakers thing.

  90. Anonymous Avatar

    Oh, how pretty! The apples are the perfect pop holder too!

  91. June Avatar

    Beautiful! Excellent job, as always.

  92. LyB Avatar

    I can’t believe I’m going to see hundreds of these on hundreds of sites! Too much temptation! Yours are just beautiful! 🙂

  93. Elle Avatar

    So glad you enjoyed the challenge. Your pops are just gorgeous! Wonderful photos, too, as is usual. It really is fun to know that so many of us are doing this together all over the world.

  94. Sarah Avatar

    Nicely done! I love all your different decorations. And the apples…delightful

  95. kellypea Avatar

    I LOVE the stripedy ones, Helene! So cool! Of course, the rest are beyond gorgeous, looking like cute little lolly pops. And the apple idea is brilliant.

    As far as the baking time goes, I baked half the recipe at 350 F for 25 minutes in my large oven and a 9.5 inch square pan. The cake was done in that time. Ovens are so different, aren’t they?

  96. Dharm Avatar

    Now see? Thats what I wish my pops had looked like!! You did a great job Helen. I love the different shapes and designs. Simply fabulous!

  97. Brilynn Avatar

    You always come up with the best presntations!
    (And I can’t believe things started way back in 2006…)

  98. Jade Is Green! Avatar
    Jade Is Green!

    Yours are adorable! I too had an issue with the heat. Even though it’s autumn here and I was dipping at 5.30 in the afternoon. It’s a hot country.

  99. Susan @ SGCC Avatar
    Susan @ SGCC

    As always, Helen, your result is beautiful and elegant! I love your different shapes too. We’ve had a lot of humidity here too. When I made mine, I put the a/c down to 69 degrees! :O

  100. steph- whisk/spoon Avatar
    steph- whisk/spoon

    awesome! i love your shapes! and am very jealous of that stripey transfer sheet!

  101. cookworm Avatar

    I just love the square ones you did with the striped decoration – gorgeous!

  102. Anonymous Avatar

    Hi Tartelette,

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my site. Your lollipops look wonderful!

    Best, Zoë

  103. Milli Avatar

    ahhh, they’re so beautiful!!

  104. That Girl Avatar
    That Girl

    Everything’s better on a stick!

  105. The Food Librarian Avatar
    The Food Librarian

    The different shapes are wonderful!! They all look beautiful AND delicious!

  106. Bakerette Avatar

    these look so perfect! I love the transfer sheet idea…Your blog is always so inspiring!

  107. M.T. Avatar

    Gorgeous! Nicely¡¡¡Idon´t have words¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  108. Erin Avatar

    Great job – they look great. I love your decorations!

  109. Barbara Bakes Avatar
    Barbara Bakes

    Your shapes are so great – I felt lucky to get mine into balls!

  110. Erika Avatar

    The striped pops are so impressive! It makes me want to make some more to try it!

  111. April Avatar

    Beautiful pops!

  112. Anonymous Avatar

    Turning a cheesecake into pops was a new one on me too! Yours look a lot more professional than mine though, beautiful finish!

  113. marias23 Avatar

    Wow! You sure went daring with this one! Such cool shapes and toppings and decorations!

  114. Katie B. Avatar
    Katie B.

    You aren’t the only one that feels like a kid on Christmas! Your pops are beautiful!

  115. Simona Carini Avatar
    Simona Carini

    A feast for the eyes!

  116. Lunch Buckets Avatar
    Lunch Buckets

    Your stripey ones are gorgeous little show-offs!

  117. Cookie baker Lynn Avatar
    Cookie baker Lynn

    Oh, Tartelette, these are just gorgeous! Can you come live in my kitchen and make everything beautiful, please?

  118. Meeta K. Wolff Avatar
    Meeta K. Wolff

    these look amazing. like something you would get from a fine tres chic restaurant. fantastic!

  119. Anonymous Avatar

    These are wonderful! I wish you were my neighbor!!! You obviously have a great soul – you’re such a delight to read.

    xoxox Amy

  120. Sakya Avatar

    elles sont superbes!!!
    j’ai bien aimés cette recette
    Je crois la refaire pour une fête 🙂
    Merci pour ta visite
    Sakya xx

  121. Jasmine Avatar

    Magnifiques, tes sucettes! J’adore la déco, très varié et très joli!

  122. Faery Avatar

    Helen, these are so tempting and beautiful

  123. Henny A. Avatar
    Henny A.

    Your pops look so divine and elegant and fun! What a wonderful job you did!!

  124. Christina Avatar

    Everything is gorgeous, from the shape to the design!

  125. Michele Avatar

    Your pops are u~n~b~e~l~i~e~v~a~b~l~e! I can’t get over your creativity and presentation! Amazing!

    I can hardly wait to snoop through the rest of your yummy recipes that you have on your blog!



  126. test it comm Avatar
    test it comm

    Your pops look great! The shapes and decorations are really good!

  127. Renee Avatar

    They are so pretty! I love your pops!! Divine.

  128. Sara Avatar

    Amazing decorating. Love the apple holders too!

  129. Wendy Avatar

    What pretty pops. I like the those stripped ones shaped like toast. Lovely pops and write-up. wendy

  130. Tiffany @ Lattes And Life Avatar
    Tiffany @ Lattes And Life

    I hear you about the humidity and sweaty chocolate 🙂 Mine did the same down here in Southeast Georgia. As always, your treats are simply divine!!!!

  131. Gretchen Noelle Avatar
    Gretchen Noelle

    These are truly just adorable! I love them all! Great job on these!

  132. Antonio Tahhan Avatar
    Antonio Tahhan

    I love how your pops are perched on green apples!! I would probably trick myself into thinking that I’ll eat the apples afterwards just to have a few more of those decadent pops!

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    Antonio Tahhan

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  134. Anonymous Avatar

    I love how you decorated the pops, especially the different colors.

  135. Texana Avatar

    Very nice! I especially like the stripe-y ones!

  136. Honeyed Hashette Avatar
    Honeyed Hashette

    Tartelette, How did you get that striped affect with the chocolate on the pops? I love that!

  137. fin Avatar

    This is me, once again, standing in awe of your mad-skills.
    You. Rock.

    man oh man.

    thanks for inspiring…

  138. Amy J. Avatar
    Amy J.

    I’m going to HAVE to order myself some of the transfer paper…. WAY COOL! And great job overall!

  139. Amy Avatar

    They’re all so adorable! The striped ones are really cool.

  140. Jessica Avatar

    Amazing! Your pops are just perfect! I am also like you, so excited to post every month!

  141. Jerri at Simply Sweet Home Avatar
    Jerri at Simply Sweet Home

    great looking cheesecake pops! very cute!

  142. Anonymous Avatar

    en retard pour publier, en retard aussi pour faire ma revue de cheesecake pops 🙂
    Je trouve les fleurs tout à fait ravissantes, particulièrement réussies 🙂
    Bravo Hélène, tu fais des merveilles, comme à chaque fois 🙂

  143. Oye Cookie! Avatar
    Oye Cookie!

    gorgeous decorating! I’m so super impressed! also, i was looking for a way to photographing mine standing up…duh! glass of milk! brilliant!!

  144. Dolores Avatar

    My daring baker ritual is similar to yours…except the get it done the second week part. 🙂 I think I spend too much time in the planning phase…

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