1.July 30 - Cheesecake Day.
2. Cheesecake is several centuries older than New York
Many people think that cheesecake may have originated in New York or Philadelphia, due to the fact that New York cheesecake and Philadelphia cheesecake are the most popular among cheesecakes. However, there is evidence that the history of cheesecake begins in ancient Greece. Cheese molds 2000 BC were excavated in Ancient Greece. Moreover, there is evidence that at the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. the athletes were treated to cheesecake.
3. Baked cheesecake originated in Rome
When the Romans conquered the Greek Empire, one of the things they took with them was a cheesecake recipe. Subsequently, the Romans still slightly changed this recipe - adding eggs so that the cheesecake could be baked under hot bricks.
4. Yeast was used in the preparation of the cheesecake
Until the 18th century, cheesecakes were made with yeast, which was the only way to rise dough at the time. However, in the 18th century, Europeans learned how to use beaten eggs to raise baked goods, thus removing the yeast from the cheesecake and avoiding the yeast flavor.
5. The recipe for modern cheesecake was invented in the 19th century
The fact is that the cheese that lies at the heart of modern cheesecake was invented in 1872. At that time, William Lawrence, who lived in Chester, New York, was trying to find a way to reproduce the French Neufchatel cheese. However, instead of this cheese, he got a cream cheese, which became extremely popular and was named - Philadelphia. The flavor, texture and lightness of this cheese were perfect for a popular dessert and since then, Philadelphia cheese has been the basis of cheesecake.
6. Cheesecakes don't have to be sweet
There are cheesecakes that are not a dessert, but are served as an appetizer or accompany a salad.