When I was young, I remember watching my mother make delicious cheesecake. I never saw her follow a recipe, so I thought she invented the recipe herself.
One day, she revealed to me where the recipe originally came from It was written on a Philadelphia brand cream cheese box. This cheesecake recipe is easy to make and an easy way to make new friends.
After knowing where the recipe came from, I wondered: “Where did the first Cheesecake recipe originate?” Surprisingly, the cheesecake was created in 2,000 B.C. on the Greek island of Samos. As a kind gesture, Greek brides were known to make a cheesecake as their wedding cake.
During the Olympic Games in 776 B.C., cheesecake was served to the Olympians to give them the stamina to finish their competitions. This cheesecake would have been made from flour, wheat, honey, and cheese. It would have been baked and the recipe would have been simple to follow.
After the Romans conquered Greece, changes occurred to the recipe due to the Roman practice of adding eggs to ingredients. As the Roman Empire expanded throughout Europe, so did the cheesecake.
The people of England also experimented with different ways of making cheesecake. Henry VIII’s cook was known to serve a cheesecake made from pieces of cheese soaked and then strained and combined with eggs, sugar, and butter.
Europeans immigrating to America brought the cheesecake recipe with them. William Lawrence, an American dairyman trying to make a particular French cheese called Neufchatel, accidentally made cream cheese instead. In 1880, Lawrence packaged his cream cheese and named it Philadelphia. The Phoenix Cheese Company of New York bought his company in 1903, along with the Philadelphia trademark. And in 1928, Kraft Foods purchased it and still produces their Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand today.
That special sweet, smooth, creamy texture we all love in our cheesecake was actually created by James L. Kraft in 1912. Kraft discovered how to pasteurize cheese, which is used in many different types of cream cheese recipes, including my favorite.
Cheesecake with Passionfruit Topping
This recipe has passionfruit as a topping; however, if you prefer another fruit, replace passionfruit with your desired topping. Your delish cheesecake can be served after any main meal with an uplifting sweet drink or your favorite cup of tea or coffee.
Items that you will need include:
- A cake pan that is round with a clip that allows it to be separated from its base
- A pen
- A pair of scissors
- One roll of greaseproof paper
- A rolling pin or food processor
- An electric mixer
- A large spoon
- A spatula
- 1 can of 397 g sweetened condensed milk
- 1 block of 250 g Philadelphia brand cream cheese cut into small squares
- 3 lemons, juiced and strained
- 16 to 18 crushed Granita biscuits or sweet plain biscuits
- 6 oz of melted butter
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
- A couple of small drops of vanilla essence
- 300 ml of thickened cream
- 3 passion fruit or your topping of choice