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First Reading

David Quidnunc  •  Link


"... is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. History has the first recorded mention of cheesecake as being served to the athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. [...] The Romans spread cheesecake from Greece to across Europe. [...] In 1872, cream cheese was invented by American dairymen, who were trying to recreate the French cheese, Neufch

nick sweeney  •  Link

Reposted in part from the April 1st entry page: the Pepysian cheese-cake lives on as the 'Yorkshire curd tart' or 'custard', made to an almost identical recipe.


Michael Robinson  •  Link

Robert May, The Accomplisht Cook, London: 1671
Cheesecake recipes, press 'transcript' button, and illustration of decorations from:

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

To make common Cheesecakes.
Beat eight eggs well, while a quart of milk is on the fire, and when it boils, put in the eggs, and stir them till they come to a curd. Then pour it out, and when it is cold, put in a little salt, two spoonfuls of rose-water, and three quarters of a pound of currants, well washed. Put it into puff-paste, and bake it. If you use tin patties to bake in, butter them, or you will not be able to take them out; but if you bake them in glass or china, only an upper crust will be necessary, as you will not want to take them out when you send them to table.
---The Accomplished Housekeeper, and Universal Cook. T. Williams, 1797.

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