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Cheesecakes. Recipe

History of Cheesecakes:

Cheesecakes have a long and rich history dating back thousands of years. They have been enjoyed by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The first recorded cheesecake recipe can be traced back to ancient Greece, where it was served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC. The Greeks believed that cheesecakes were a good source of energy and provided stamina to the athletes.

During the Roman Empire, the recipe for cheesecakes spread throughout Europe. The Roman version of cheesecake used ingredients such as honey and ricotta cheese. As the Roman Empire expanded, so did the popularity of cheesecakes, reaching different regions and incorporating local ingredients and flavors.

Over time, the recipe evolved and changed, creating different variations of cheesecakes worldwide. From the creamy New York-style cheesecake to the light and fluffy Japanese cheesecake, each culture has put its unique twist on this beloved dessert.

Fun Facts about Cheesecakes:

1. Cheesecake is believed to have been eaten by Roman citizens at weddings and special occasions.

2. The ancient Greeks used cheesecake as an offering to the gods.

3. Julius Caesar was rumored to have served cheesecakes to his soldiers during military campaigns.

4. Cheesecakes were originally made with ricotta cheese, but cream cheese became the standard ingredient in the 18th century.

5. In 1872, American dairyman William Lawrence accidentally discovered cream cheese while trying to recreate a French cheese called Neufchâtel.

6. The first commercial cream cheese was produced in 1872 by Philadelphia dairy company, which is why cream cheese is often referred to as "Philadelphia cream cheese."

7. The largest cheesecake ever made weighed over 6.5 tons and was created in Mexico City in 2009.

Cheesecake Recipe:

Ingredients:
- 4 ounces of butter (warm)
- 4 ounces of sifted loaf-sugar
- Rind of 3 lemons (grated)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 well-beaten eggs
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of brandy
- Light puff pastry (for lining small tins)

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the warm butter and sifted loaf-sugar. Mix until well combined.

3. Grate the rind of 3 lemons into the mixture and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon. Stir well.

4. Add the well-beaten eggs, a pinch of nutmeg, and a tablespoon of brandy into the mixture. Mix until smooth and creamy.

5. Take small tins and line them with a light puff pastry.

6. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the lined tins, filling them up about three-quarters full.

7. Place the tins onto a baking sheet and transfer them to the preheated oven.

8. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the cheesecakes are set and golden brown.

9. Once baked, remove the cheesecakes from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

10. Serve the cheesecakes at room temperature or chilled and enjoy!

Variations:
1. Almond Cheesecakes: Replace the grated lemon rind with beaten almonds for a different flavor and texture.

2. Orange Cheesecakes: Substitute the lemon juice with the juice of Seville oranges. Add a few slices of candied orange and lemon peel to enhance the citrusy flavor.

Similar Recipes:

1. New York-style Cheesecake: This classic American cheesecake features a dense and creamy texture with a graham cracker crust. It's typically topped with a sweet fruit sauce or fresh berries.

2. Japanese Cheesecake: Known for its cotton-soft and fluffy texture, Japanese cheesecake uses cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and a hint of lemon juice. It's characterized by its soufflé-like appearance and delicate flavor.

3. Italian Ricotta Cheesecake: Made with ricotta cheese, this Italian-style cheesecake is lighter and less sweet compared to its American counterpart. It often incorporates citrus zest and is traditionally served with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Whether you prefer a traditional cheesecake or enjoy exploring different variations, there's no denying that cheesecakes are a delightful treat loved by people of all ages and cultures. So go ahead, indulge in a slice of creamy goodness and savor the rich history and flavors of this beloved dessert!

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