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While we never need a reason to indulge in this sinful confection, National Cheesecake Day on July 30 calls for treating your taste buds to a thick slice (or four) of decadent cheesecake. Cheesecake lovers unite! This creamy confection has long since held a prominent place on dessert menus and in our hearts. Whether due to the notion that it’s more nutritious than its pastry counterparts (it’s certainly not, but hello, calcium!), or simply because its dense richness satisfies like no other, cheesecake is a sought-after indulgence. Whatever your preference for this delightful treat, celebrate this beloved dessert with its rich taste - and history.
More closely resembling a pie than a cake, cheesecake’s origins can be traced back to the Greek island of Samos in 2000 BC - documenting quite a long love affair with this famous dessert! Cheesecake was thought to be a potent energy source - and was even used as a protein boost for the athletes of the 776 BC Olympic Games. It stands to reason, if you’re going to gorge yourself on cheesecake, you’d better do enough exercise to compensate. The Greeks also ate cheesecake to celebrate weddings, a tradition which became the forerunner of wedding cakes.
The Romans conquered ancient Greece, and with it, its recipe for the divine cake, adapting it to include eggs. Cheesecake eventually made its way to Western culture, further evolving with the addition of milk, butter, and sugar.
In the late 19th century, Americans began adding the newly invented cream cheese to the mixture, perfecting the lusciously smooth result we are familiar with today.
Cheesecake continues to boast a variety of regional recipes, with countries worldwide enjoying their own version of cheesecake, from the cloud like Parisian sort to New York’s thick classic served without toppings.
Try these tips for the ultimate indulgence. Make any day a little creamier - with Philadelphia.
Tip #1 – Gentle Even Heat
Although cheesecake contains deceptively simple ingredients such as cream cheese, eggs, sugar and a graham cracker crust, baking cheesecake is both an art and a science, as the custard needs gentle even heat to prevent curdling.
Tip #2 - Add Flour or Cornstarch
The addition of flour or cornstarch will affect the consistency as well resulting in a firmer cake.
Tip #3 - Unbaked
Other cheesecake varieties are left unbaked for ideal creaminess and rely on gelatin or pudding as a thickening agent.