espite widespread belief, cheesecake is neither modern nor American invention. This delicious cake was indulged by the ancient Greeks, especially the athletes during the Olympic Games! Of course, they made it differently – by mixing cheese and honey (since at the time there was no sugar as we know it), and sprinkling the mixture with some wheat flour before baking, but – that was a cheesecake, through and through! The ancient Romans improved the recipe (they always had to improve everything!) by adding eggs and putting the cream into the pastry.
As the Romans conquered many European countries, the recipe spread all over the empire, and each nation added something of their own to the formula – a local ingredient, or a different shape. Finally, sometime in 19th century cheesecake started to resemble the “American” style cheesecake (as we know it today), and at about the same time cream cheese that we all know and love was invented. Actually, dairyman William A. Lawrence was the first one to mass-produce cream cheese in 1873, God bless him!
New York style cheesecake is actually delicious cream cheese custard baked on a cookie crust. Except the New York style one, which is a classic, there are numerous other cheesecake recipes out there – chocolate cheesecake, salted caramel cheesecake, lemon meringue cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, and so on, and so forth…
Anyway, for this recipe you will need heart shaped silicone mold, but any other similar shape (like half sphere or cube) will do just fine.
My cheesecake hearts contain cookie crust, lovely and light no-bake cream cheese mousse, and raspberry sauce. It’s a perfect dessert if you are making a sweet treat for someone special!
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