Some lines you just don’t cross; some unspoken conventions which we, as a civilization, mindlessly contend to and accept as final declaration. One such natural rule of foodology regards the age-old acceptance of New York-Style Cheesecake as the reigning contender in the world of cheesecakery. Until now.
Contrary to popular belief, New York did NOT invent the cheesecake, nor is their style the only one worth mentioning. Cheesecake dates back all the way to Ancient Greece, during which it was served to athletes during the very first Olympic Games, in 776 B.C. From there, this luscious cake – or pie – spread beyond the Romans from Greece to across Europe. So how did it get to America? Centuries later, immigrants brought their cheesecake-making skills with them to the New World, from which it spread in popularity, and technique, to become the unique dessert we know it as today.
From this evolution, cheesecake has certainly made its mark across the Northeast, primarily in New York AND Philadelphia. That’s right, the City of Brotherly Love is not only known for its cheesesteaks, but also for its attempts to out-style the New York Cheesecake legacy.
Do you know the difference between New York-Style and Philadelphia-Style Cheesecake? Take the following quiz to find out!
The answers to the above questions are as follows: D, C, A, C
So what style do you prefer? A well-known, dense cheesecake from New York, or a lesser-known, equally as reputable fluffy cheesecake from Philadelphia? I’ll take one of each!