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

by Jenn on October 14, 2009

in Daring Kitchen,Desserts,Gluten Free

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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!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Asha October 14, 2009 at 12:39 am

Lovely dessert… takes a fried sweet to a different level! :))

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Amy I. October 14, 2009 at 12:49 am

These look SO mouthwatering, Jenn! Seriously, ridiculously beautiful and creative. I wish I had time to make the bonus challenge!

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Jenny October 14, 2009 at 3:08 am

Oh deer, apples, cinnamon, cheesecake, maple and caramel… Wait a second, I need to wipe some drool from my monitor :)
Beautifully done Jenn!

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Charli October 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

Yours look so tasty–definitely one of my favs from the forums :) I went fall themed too with pumpkin!

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Jayle October 14, 2009 at 11:35 am

These just look amazing. I have a bunch of apples leftover from a tart I made recently…I’m so tempted to go make these! YUM.

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VeganPower October 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm

You also have great pictures, the quality is there:)
Thank you for your return and English is perfect, it also helps me because like you, I learn, but by myself …
There I am proud of myself, I understood almost everything your comment without using google translation:)

Your Wontons are tasty, I wanted to do with the apple and cinnamon, but I used this mix for vol-au-vents:)

Good evening to you

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Cheri October 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Your photos are sooo absolutely gorgeous, on both challenges! I have to say these wontons look AMAZING! They sounds sooo yummy too!

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Margaret October 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Beautiful dessert. It looks so delicious with the apples and caramel on the plate.

Beautiful pics, too.

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Anula October 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Love the look of your wontons! And that filling – wow! Great job and fantastic photos :)

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Lauren October 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Those look amazing! Love the filling – Now I’m hungry =D. Also, beautiful job on the Pho!

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Jen October 14, 2009 at 8:40 pm

You are so creative!!!! I also loved how you named them “pillows.” Sounds really delicious. :)

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pia (taga_luto) October 14, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I love how you call them pillows and your husbands great description of the dessert. You did a good job w/ the rice paper coz i’ve tried frying them ones and it came out soggy. Plating looks so good!

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Robert October 14, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Outstanding take on dessert. These are all my favorite sweet flavors in one dessert. Well done.

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Olive October 15, 2009 at 7:13 am

Wow! I’m drooling, I love the flavors that you made and they look cute too :)

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art and lemons October 15, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Your wonton pillows look incredible! Nice food styling too.

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Valérie October 15, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Great flavour idea! East meets West!

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Chaya October 18, 2009 at 11:27 am

Beautiful job. You certainly met the challenge.

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