CHEESY, BUT SWEET: A History of The Cheesecake


There are so many popular desserts in America today; Among those is a certain cake that consists of one or more layers (would a thousand layers be too much?!?)-That time-honored dessert is called the cheesecake.
     Now, the cheesecake is a cake that is made of soft cheese, but mostly the soft cheese happens to be cream cheese or ricotta, and that would make the thickest and main layer of the cake; The rest of the ingredients are sugar as well as eggs. As for the bottom layer, it is often a crust or a base made from crushed cookies or even graham crackers. The cheesecake is sweetened with sugar, as usual, and in so many different ways, the cake can be flavored…(Although I do not have any assurance that contaminated city water could be a flavor); The cheesecake may be flavored in all kinds of flavors, from vanilla to chocolate to lemon to pumpkin. The finished cake can also be topped with whipped cream, nuts, chocolate syrup, or fruit.
     Now, as for the wondering of how the cheesecake came to be, well…there is a little fact that the ancient Greeks have made cheesecake a popular dish in ancient times, which happens to be prior to when the Romans adopted their version of it when they conquested Greece. As for the name of cheesecake itself, it had only been used since the 15th century, but it is not until around the 18th century that the word of cheesecake would evolve into its modern form; It was in that time, I think, that the Europeans began to remove yeast to the cheesecake and have just added eggs to the cake instead.

In 1872, there came the development of modern commercial American cream cheese; It happened when a Chester, New York man by the name of William Lawrence was looking for a way to recreate the soft, French cheese Neufchatel, and then accidentally came up with a way of making something of a cheese that is creamier and heavier, which happens to be an “unripened cheese”. Now, there happen to be two different types of the modern cheesecake: There is the baked cheesecake, while other cheesecakes are made with uncooked cream cheese on a crumbled-biscuit base; the United States was where this type of cheesecake was invented.
     For us who are living in the good ‘ol United States of America, the cheesecake is made from several different recipes; However, there happen to be two types of cheesecakes that are made right here, and they are the New York-style cheesecake, and the Chicago-style cheesecake.
     And so, that is how the cheesecake came to be, so go ahead and enjoy one-Just make sure you try and watch your weight…(I’m kidding, of course…)

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