Everything You Need to Know About Cheesecake

Everything You Need to Know About Cheesecake
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Everything You Need to Know About Cheesecake

Read on to learn more about cheesecake!

Cheesecake was invented by the ancient Greeks! Anthropologists found the remains of a cheesecake-like dessert on the Greek island of Samos dating from 2,000 B.C. It's reported that these first cheesecakes probably consisted of flour, honey, wheat and cheese.

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According to Cheesecake.com, cheesecake was believed to be served to the athletes at the first Olympic game in 775 B.C. Greek brides and grooms also probably enjoyed cheesecake at their weddings.

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After the Romans conquered the Greeks, they copied their cheesecake tradition and called it libum. They would offer it to their gods in temples.

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The Roman politician Marcus Porcius Cato even wrote down his recipe for libum:

"Libum to be made as follows: 2 pounds cheese well crushed in a mortar; when it is well crushed, add in 1 pound breadwheat flour or, if you want it to be lighter, just 1/2 a pound, to be mixed with the cheese. Add one egg and mix all together well. Make a loaf of this, with the leaves under it, and cook slowly in a hot fire under a brick."

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As the Roman Empire grew, so did the spread of cheesecake. Great Britain and Eastern Europe made cheesecake their own with the ingredients they had handy. Even Henry VIII has his chef prepare cheesecake for him.

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In 1872, William Lawrence began selling his cream cheese in foil wrappers. His company was called PHILADELPHIA Brand Cream Cheese, and to this day, it is the most popular cream cheese used in cheesecakes.

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New York Cheesecake

Arnold Reuben, inventor of the Reuben sandwich, claims to have invented New York cheesecake with Break-stone's brand cream cheese while his competitors were using cottage cheese.

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Chicago Cheesecake

Chicago-style cheesecake includes sour cream in the batter, according to Jolene Worthington of the Chicago-based Eli's Cheesecake.

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German-style Cheesecake

German cheesecake can be made with a soft, yogurt-like cheese called Quark.

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Italian cheesecake often calls for a ricotta cheese filling.

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July 30th is National Cheesecake Day! The creamy, cheesy, decadent cake has a history almost as rich as its ingredients. From ancient Greece to New York City, the cheesecake has endured quite a delicious transformation. Even though many people might associate cheesecake with New York, the dessert has traveled far and wide, and has many subtle flavor differences all over the world.

Cheesecake now comes in all sorts of varieties and flavors, including the popular cherry cheesecake, and even an Oreo cheesecake exists! If you like to keep it simple, you'll be happy to know that some cheesecakes don't even require baking...

Check out the slideshow above for a history of cheesecake and find out the differences between the most popular versions!

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