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Cheesecake dates back to ancient Greece and different versions of it exist in many different cultures. It can be made with a variety of base ingredients including cream cheese, ricotta, sour cream, farmer's cheese, buttermilk, mascarpone and other soft cheeses and dairy products.
The most commonly found cheesecakes are the sweet kind eaten as a dessert. However, because the cheeses used are mild they can also be made into a savory dish which is often served as an appetizer or first course. Sweet cheesecakes can come in a variety of flavors from plain to chocolate to mango and often have toppings like a fruit sauce or other sweet sauce.
The most famous version is New York style which is made with sour cream and is often twice baked with an additional sour cream topping added during the second bake time.
You'll find both baked and unbaked (chilled) versions depending on the ingredients. They are typically made in a springform pan but some recipes call for cake pans or pie tins (especially for the unbaked types). Most cheesecakes use a cookie crust, most commonly made from graham crackers. You'll also see other cookies like gingersnaps, macaroons, and chocolate sandwich cookies used to vary the flavor and texture.
Fun Food Holiday: July 30th is National Cheesecake Day.
Cranberry Orange Cheesecake Ingredients: chocolate wafer cookie, orange peel, butter, cream cheese, sugar, flour, eggs, dried cranberries, cranberry juice cocktail or nonfat milk, fresh cranberries oven
Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake photo:Ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, graham cracker pie crust, blueberry pie filling -- divided
Strawberry Cheesecake Ingredients: eggs, vanilla extract, lemon peel, sugar, cream cheese, graham cracker pie crust, strawberries, sugar oven, stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 497 calories, 26g fat, 60g carbs, 7g protein.
Cherry Cheese Cake Ingredients: yellow cake mix, oil, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cherry pie filling Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 884 calories, 46g fat, 103g carbs, 16g protein.
Cheesecake Factory's Carrot Cake Cheesecake Ingredients: coconut, carrots, pineapple, ground cinnamon, baking soda, flour, vanilla extract, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 596 calories, 36g fat, 63g carbs, 9g protein.
Lindy's New York Cheesecake Ingredients: vanilla extract, orange peel, lemon peel, flour, sugar, cream cheese, butter, egg yolk, vanilla extract, lemon peel oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 516 calories, 36g fat, 39g carbs, 10g protein.
Cheesecake with Cake Mix Ingredients: lemon juice, milk, sugar, cream cheese, oil, eggs, yellow cake mix, vanilla extract, pie filling oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 475 calories, 23g fat, 60g carbs, 8g protein.
Basic Low Carb Cheesecake Ingredients: eggs, lemon juice, vanilla extract, sugar substitute, cream cheese, egg yolk, sour cream oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 334 calories, 29g fat, 10g carbs, 8g protein. Recipe is: Low in carbs.
Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Ingredients: cornstarch, sugar, pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, sour cream, lemon extract, cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch pressure cooker, stovetop Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 617 calories, 35g fat, 67g carbs, 11g protein.
Cheesecake Factory's German Chocolate Cheesecake
Ingredients: pecans, vanilla extract, flaked coconut, whipping cream, butter, sugar, egg yolks, whipping cream microwave, oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 866 calories, 59g fat, 79g carbs, 12g protein.