Cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts in the world for a good reason. It is sweet, creamy and so satisfying, and has plenty of varieties for everyone’s taste.
Baked or not, with toppings and sauces, raw or keto, or just the regular one – there is a delicious cheesecake near you for pickup or delivery. Get it through the Slice app.
While many argue if it is really a cake or not, that doesn’t affect cheesecake’s popularity at all. Every country has a way of preparing this delicious dessert, using different types of cheese and techniques.
What’ in common is the combination of crust (baked or not), and one or more layers. The main layer typically consists of soft and creamy cheese, eggs, and sugar with some additional flavors. Because of the arrangement (crust and a filling), it is not considered a cake, but a custard pie, flan, or even a tart.
But who invented the cheesecake?
It originated in Ancient Greece and was made for religious uses and wedding ceremonies,and as a source of energy for the first Olympic athletes. The cake consisted of wheat flour, cheese, and honey.
When Romans conquered Greece, they got familiar with the recipe for this dessert. They started crumbling the cheese into small pieces and included eggs in the recipe. Their version was also served for special occasions. Moreover, as the Romans expanded their empire, so did the recipe for the cake. It was recreated in almost every European country and enriched with additional, local ingredients.
In the 18th century, the cake started looking more modern. At that time yeast was removed from the recipe and beaten eggs were added as a leavening agent.
Furthermore, as the Europeans immigrated to the US, some of them brought their cake recipes with them.
And if not the cake itself, the cream cheese originated in the US. While trying to recreate a version of the French cheese Neufchâtel, the dairyman William Lawrence from Chester, New York invented the cream cheese. Thus, soon it became one of the key ingredients for the cake.
In the US there are many varieties for this dessert, with NY-style being the most popular one. The American restaurateur Arnold Reuben is credited for inventing the New York cheesecake in the 1920s.
New York-style of the cake is made with additional yolks for extra creaminess, but is served with no toppings. Some chefs bake the pie at low temperatures in a water bath, to avoid the risk of overbaking. Moreover, this way no cracks will appear on the cake’s surface.
In Chicago, they use sour cream alongside the cream cheese, and in Philadelphia, the cake is lighter and creamier and can be served with fruit or chocolate toppings. St. Louis variety has a buttery taste with one more layer over the main filling.
Craving a creamy piece right now?
Hilltop Pizza & Subs serves classic, but strawberry, cherry, and baklava cheesecake, too. Or enjoy a classic one from Brooklyn’s pizzeria Pino’s La Forchetta. Both available for pickup and delivery with the Slice app.
The cake can be baked or no-bake, and usually consists of crust and filling. The crust can be made from dough or sponge cake, but most often is made with crushed graham crackers, mixed with butter, tightly pressed in a round pan. The filling is made with:
There are many variations to this delicious dessert. However, a few of the most popular varieties are:
There are around 350 calories in a piece. From them, around 55% come from fat, 40% from carbohydrates, and 5% from protein.
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