Cheesecake is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed by people around the world for centuries. This decadent dessert is loved for its creamy texture and rich indulgent flavour. Whether you prefer it plain, with a fruity topping, or drizzled with chocolate, cheesecake is a dessert that can be made to suit any taste. Cheesecakes actually have some good nutritional value to them. Despite being a very rich dessert, they contain protein and vitamin A and that of course is largely thanks to the cheese content.
The origins of cheesecake can be traced back to ancient Greece where it was a popular wedding and celebration cake. The earliest recorded recipe for a cheesecake-like dessert is said to come from a Greek physician called Aegimus. It is said that the Romans brought the cheesecake to Europe and made it popular across the continent. Cheesecakes became popular in America in the 19th century, and the New York-style cheesecake was first introduced in the 1920s. Since then, cheesecake has become a staple dessert that is enjoyed by many people all over the world.
There are many different types of cheesecake, each with its own unique flavour and texture. Here are some of the most popular ones:
New York-style Cheesecake - This is a baked cheesecake that has a rich, creamy texture and is usually topped with a layer of sour cream.
Italian-style Cheesecake - This cheesecake is lighter and fluffier than the New York-style cheesecake. It is made with ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese and has a slightly sweet flavour.
Japanese-style Cheesecake - This cheesecake is known for its fluffy, souffle-like texture. It is made with a combination of cream cheese, eggs, and cornflour, and is typically served with a dusting of icing sugar.
No-bake Cheesecake – This is the one we are most familiar with and as the name suggests, this cheesecake is not baked. It is made with a mixture of cream cheese and whipped cream on a biscuit base. This cheesecake can be made by combining flavours like lemon juice or Bailey’s. It can also be topped with fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. The fruit adds a sweet, tangy flavour to the rich cheesecake filling and for extra indulgence, the strawberries make an amazing topping when dipped in chocolate.
So, a cheesecake is a classic dessert that has stood the test of time. Whether you prefer it plain or with a fruity topping, a cheesecake is a dessert that can be made to suit any taste. Everyone has their own twist on this dessert, though the core ingredients and end result remain the same…..deliciousness! Cheesecakes are one of my specialities and my best-selling flavours are lemon, Bailey’s and Muldoon.