You have probably realised by now that we LOVE a food observance and today is no exception! National Cheesecake Day is celebrated across the United States on July 30.
It is the perfect occasion to have a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts which comes in many different varieties. Cheesecake is a dessert consisting of pie crust and cheese filling (although sometimes it is made without crust). Despite its name, cheesecake isn’t actually a cake; it may or may not be baked. The base can be made from pastry, sponge cake, graham crackers, or crushed cookies. The cheese filling typically consists of soft cheese (usually cream cheese), sugar, and eggs.
Cheesecake is often flavored. It comes in many flavors such as strawberry, key like, pumpkin, chestnut, toffee etc. Cheesecakes are sometimes topped with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit, chocolate syrup, fruit sauce, nuts.
There are several major cheesecake varieties in North America. For instance, New York style cheesecake is a rich and creamy dessert that contains sour cream or heavy cream. Philadelphia style cheesecake is richer in flavor and lighter in texture. Other cheesecake types include Pennsylvania Dutch style cheesecake, farmer cheese cheesecake, country style cheesecake, and Chicago style cheesecake.
Although the origins of the day are sketchy, historians say that cheesecake can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. Its thought that the ancient Greek cheesecake was somewhat different to the type we consume today, but the modern day cheesecake can actually be attributed to the English.
To celebrate National Cheesecake Day, indulge yourself with this delightful dessert. You can make a cheesecake yourself, or pick it at a local bakery if you don’t feel like baking. Going out to your favorite cheesecake place with your family or friends is also a great way to celebrate.