The History of the Cheesecake

If you want the full history on the Cheesecake, scroll down. But let’s get to the point here – all you need to worry about when deciding on your cheesecake is – should it be Baked or Not Baked, what’s your favourite?

The Ancient Beginning

Cheesecake has been around for thousands of years, there was evidence it was served baked to athletes during the 1st Olympic Games in 776 BC (who are we to argue with those suggestions.)

The Greek writer Athenaeus is given the honour of documenting the first cheesecake recipe in circa 200 A.D. Again, this was baked and made of pressed cheese in a brass pan with honey and spring wheat flour, cooled and served.

Evidence suggests that Cheesecake was also made with Placenta as a religious ceremony offering. But we are not interested in that because quite frankly,  that sounds revolting, regardless of whether it was a popular dish of the Romans and Greeks or not.

The Ancient Beginning
Romans

Romans

When the Romans conquered Europe, the Cheesecake (or the celebratory cake called Libuma as it was known) was spread.

Great Britain and Europe experimented with recipes and cooking methodology, and in 1545 the first cookbook was printed. Indeed, it included the recipe to a sweet baked cheesecake.

The important part here is that the Americans in circa 1870 came up with soft cream cheese, which a couple of years later was sold by a dairy farmer to Philadelphia Cheese Company. Around this time and into 1900, the cream cheese based cheesecake was created.

The New York Cheesecake

The Americans created the ‘New York Style’ Cheesecake in early 1900 – traditionally a baked offering (made with cream cheese/sour cream) without fruit or toppings and is probably the most famous cheesecake.

Finding the origin of the non-bake cheesecake isn’t easy but research tells us that in early 1900s the non-bake version in the US was created and the rest is history. Today, every country has its own variation using a variety of cheeses and bases, toppings and flavours.

So, Baked, or Non-Baked?

We want to know your favourite and why so let us know here! We will keep testing, and testing and maybe one day we will decide ourselves, but we would rather just keep testing.

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Cheesecake Recipes

The New York Cheesecake

The New York Cheesecake

This authentic creamy dessert will add a taste of New York to any dining table.

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