Have you ever wondered about the origin of cheesecake? Well, I did and the information that I found was amazing.
If you thought that cheesecake was a recent creation, then you’re wrong. The origin of the cake is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. History has the first recorded mention of cheesecake, as being served to the athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. The recipe consisted of crushed cheese, wheat flour and one egg. It’s not quite the recipe of modern cakes today, but a cheesecake none the less.
Their first introduction into Western Europe and Great Britain was said to have come from the conquering Roman armies and by 1000 AD was said to be flourishing throughout all of Europe.
The origin of cheesecake in the Americas was brought over by the immigrants. However, their version relied on cottage cheese to make the cake.
As for the modern version, it’s creation began in 1872 with American dairymen, who were said to be trying to recreate French Neufchatel cheese. Instead of recreating it, they happened upon a formula that was more richer and creamier. Their creation: cream cheese.
However, in 1912 James Kraft developed a his own method to pasteurize cheese, in which other dairy product manufacturers soon adopted and offered as cream cheese.
However, the origin of cheesecake being made with cream cheese has been credited to Arnold Reuben, owner of the legendary Turf Restaurant at 49th and Broadway in New York City.
Legend has it that he was served a cheese pie by a friend, which he immediately fell in love with. Not satisfied with his friend’s recipe, he began to develop his own. Once perfected, he eventually began to serve it at his restaurant. The cheesecake was said to have become quickly popular with his patrons.
And the rest as they say is history.