Friday, August 15, 2008

Food Friday: New York Cheesecake

One of my favorite deserts has to be Cheesecake. Well, New York Cheesecake, that is. This is because I haven't tried the other varieties of cheesecakes available. I still cringe at the thought of trying a Bleu Cheese Cheesecake but I am all for trying them!

American cheesecakes generally rely on cream cheese and were invented in 1872 as an alternative to French Neufchâtel. French Neufchâtel is a soft, slightly crumbly, mold-ripened cheese made in the region of Normandy. French Neufchâtel has aroma and taste of mushrooms and is usually sold in heart shapes.

Cheesecake that tastes like mushrooms? I'll have to pass up that one! It is very interesting to note how different food where invented, and indeed, they have to be invented. Most of them seem to have been invented by accident; like potato chips and leavened bread.

Let's go back to the cheesecake. New York-style cheesecake (image above) relies upon heavy cream, cream cheese, eggs and egg yolks to add a richness and a smooth consistency. Some recipes use cottage cheese and lemon for distinct texture and flavor or add chocolate or strawberry to the basic recipe.

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