What's your favorite birthday cake? For Me, nothing beats cheesecake. In fact, I can't imagine what the world was like before cheesecake was created!
Turns out, you'd have to search back pretty far to find a time when the Earth was cheesecake free. In fact, way back in 776 BC, long before the first cheesecake company opened, the Greeks are said to have served cheesecake to the athletes at the first Olympic Games. The Romans soon caught on and spread the divine taste of cheesecake throughout Europe. From there it was only a matter of time before European immigrants brought their cherished cheesecake recipes to America.
It seems that every region of the globe has embraced cheesecake in one form or another, adapting the recipe to local tastes and adding local flavors. In America, cheesecakes are typically made with a cream cheese base, but even here we vary the recipe by region. New York cheesecake, is famous for its ultra-smooth texture and decadently rich flavor-achieved by adding extra egg yolks and a hint of lemon, and you'll find other regional variation from Chicago-style to Pennsylvania Dutch. Many American bakers add sour cream for a creamy cheesecake that can be frozen without compromising taste and texture.
Italian cheesecakes generally use ricotta cheese, which makes them drier than their American cousins. The French prefer Neufchatel cheese and often add gelatin for a tight and airy consistency. The Greeks might use ricotta, mizithra, farmers, feta, swiss, or a combination of cheeses, while The Germans typically rely on cottage cheese or quark. The Japanese incorporate cornstarch and whipped egg whites into their cheesecakes for a more custard-like effect.
You'd be hard pressed to find a culture that does not enjoy a good cheesecake. Culinary historians cite cheesecake recipes dating back to the first century AD, with additional recipes floating around from the centuries that followed. You'll find every imaginable flavor and topping in today's cheesecake recipes, but the basic premise, baking creamy cheese with wheat and sweetener, has stood the test of time.
Clearly, cheesecake has lived long and continues to prosper. Whether it's a birthday cake , anniversary treat, or just a "Make-Everyday-Special" indulgence, cheesecake is an ancient delight that will never go out of style!
Here at A. Ward's Cheesecakes, We use the finest of ingredients, and the freshest of fruits in every handmade cheesecake. Every cheesecake is specially made by order and fresh from our ovens. Call today and place your order to seduce your sweet tooth's cravings that we all have, and do not be afraid to admit. " A little temptation is always good!"