Someone may decide to make a stop at the Cheesecake Factory or anywhere where cheesecake is sold just to grab a couple of slices of cheesecake for twenty dollars. There are so many varieties to choose from, which is a good thing.
But for the curious minds, he/she may ask how did cheesecake get its start. How did the name for this dessert come about, cheese + cake? It is obvious that it is a combination of cheese and cake; that is only part of it.
Well, the most basic ingredient in any cheesecake is cheese. Obviously. But the types of cheese that are mainly used in the formation of cheesecake are cream cheese, Neufchatel, cottage cheese and ricotta.
This is not even the start of the story. Before cheesecake became a phenomenon in the United States, it was proven to be a popular dish in ancient Greece. Not many people know that the Roman name for cheesecake was placenta, which had its similarities to the cheesecake dessert that we know today. It was placed and baked on a pastry base, or occasionally inside a pastry case.
Now that a brief history of cheesecake is known, here are the distinctive flavors of a few types of cheesecakes:
The New York cheesecake: This cheesecake will get the taste buds talking pretty loud!. It is the result of the combination of pure cream cheese, cream, eggs, and sugar. The purpose of the egg yolks are to make it become richer and smoother. This cheesecake is baked on a particular five to six inch springform pan in a number of bakeries and restaurants. In some cases, the New York cheesecake use cottage cheese and lemon for that very noticeable flavor and appearance. In addition, it may be showered with chocolate drops or a dash of strawberry sauce, or in any type of sauce or confection of personal choice. It is heavy cream heaven!
Sour Cream Style: Well, it is obvious why this got its name. It consists of sour cream rather than heavy cream. This allows this type of cheesecake to have more elasticity. As a result, frozen cheesecakes are formed.
Philadelphia Style: Unlike the New York Style cheesecake, the Philadelphia-style cheesecake is much tighter in terms of texture, but it has a bit of a rich flavor and taste.
Lactose-free cheesecake: Here is a cheesecake for those individuals whose digestive systems cannot tolerate lactose. This could be made with lactose-free cream cheese or an imitation that uses ingredients that contains non-dairy cream cheese alternatives. A variety of lactose-free ingredients can also be used.
There are some cheesecakes that are known to one particular region. One example of this type of cheesecake is the Gooey Butter cake. The Gooey Butter Cake is originated from St. Louis, MO. This is basically a regular cake with a cheesecake top.
The recipe consists of a layer of butter on the bottom as well as the yellow cake. For the top layer, it is made from eggs, cream cheese, and almond extract. And just to add some jazziness to the Gooey butter cake, there is a sprinkle of sugar that is spread upon the cake prior to being served.
Many people may think that all cheesecakes have the exact same taste, but in reality, it comprises of so many different flavors that all have its distinctive taste. Mark your calender: July 30 is National Cheesecake Day!