DC #6 Bonus Dessert Challenge – Fried Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Pillows

by Jenn on October 14, 2009

in Daring Kitchen,Desserts,Gluten Free


The October 2009 Daring Cooks’ challenge was brought to us by Jaden of the blog Steamy Kitchen. The recipes are from her new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.

I actually made this challenge before I made the actual October challenge, because I was so excited about making dessert wontons!  The original recipe was for deep-fried chocolate wontons from her new book, but upon reading “*Note: This second dessert challenge is about being creative with filling and form. Knock yourselves out!”, I decided to take this advice and run with it, haha.  So instead of chocolate, I wanted something that reflected the coming Autumn a bit, and this idea developed into “apple cinnamon cheesecake”.  There are two fillings together in this wonton, an apple pie filling of sorts, and a no-bake vanilla and cinnamon cheesecake.  In order to be gluten free the wontons were made from rice paper spring roll wrappers.  After my last issues w/ gluten free wonton-like recipes, I went ahead and purchased spring roll wrappers.  They were much thinner and more uniform than I’d ever be able to do by hand anyways, and there were enough other parts to this dessert it didn’t seem like too much of a cop-out to me.  They were then deep-fried in canola oil and immediately doused with cinnamon sugar, and then served topped with a homemade maple & caramel sauce.  It seems quite complicated (and it was!), but the end result was perfection.

My husband described them best when he first tasted one – he loved how the tastes came in various stages and levels.  First came the cinnamon sugar and caramel from the outside, and the apple, and slowly the creamy cheesecake flavors.  They all developed slowly in the mouth and then finally came together at the end.  Pretty cool!

If you want to make something that will wow all of those who try it, this is definitely the dessert to make!