NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY
National Cheesecake Day on July 30th offers a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts. Order up a cheesecake with your favorite topping. Get it delivered or make it at home.
This smooth dessert hits the spot when the end of the meal rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, either cream cheese or cottage cheese is used. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust.
When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Recipes vary and cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked.
When faced with choosing a cheesecake flavor, don’t panic. While the options may seem overwhelming, bakers solved this problem. They offer a variety of flavors in one cake. So, take one home and try each one. Since cheesecakes do come in a wide variety, consider your tastes. If you prefer summer fruits and berries, cheesecakes have you covered. Tropical options hit the spot, too. For coffee lovers, bakers provide a rich selection. And don’t forget delicious chocolate and nutty flavors. Each cheesecake may be served with fresh fruit, a sauce, whipped cream or plain.
History of the Cheesecake
When it comes to searching for cheesecake’s history, we look to ancient Greece. A form of the dessert comes up as a recipe served to athletes. It has been found that the earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by Greek physician Aegimus, who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.
While recipes for cheesecake served athletes in ancient Greece, cream cheese has been a part of American’s dessert making since about the 1820s. However, after the advent of pasteurization, mass production became possible. One dairy farmer from Chester, New York, decided to be the first. William A. Lawrence purchased a Neufchatel factory to begin his production and in 1873 the first mass-produced cream cheese became a reality.
Styles of Cheesecakes:
- New York-style cheesecake
- Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
- Farmer cheese cheesecake
- Country-style cheesecake
- Lactose-free cheesecake
- Cheesecake Kludys
- Chicago Style cheesecake
- Savory cheesecake
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheesecakeDay
Whether you make one at home or pick one up at a bakery, savor the creamy taste of cheesecake! We even have a New York Cheesecake recipe for you to try. And here’s another recipe, too! Post on social media using #NationalCheesecakeDay and share your favorite variety.
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NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY HISTORY
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July 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The Town of Baltimore is founded. The great port city along the Patapsco River was central to the Revolutionary War. Named after 1st Baron Baltimore, Baltimore’s first colonial governor was the baron’s second son, Leonard Calvert. Not only was the great city home to poet Edgar Allan Poe, but others like Thurgood Marshall and Babe Ruth also called it home. Baltimore served as the backdrop for the battle that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner, too.
Premiering at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Walt Disney’s first technicolor short film, Flowers and Trees, later earned a nod from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
“In God We Trust” replaces “E Pluribus Unum” as the motto of the United States. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the measure into law. While E Pluribus Unum still appears on many U.S. coins and paper bills today, it had been the country’s unofficial motto since 1776. The phrases began appearing together on coins as early as 1861. However, the phrases appeared off and on until 1908 when In God We Trust became a permanent fixture on coins. In 1955, Congress approved adding the phrase to paper money, too.
At 7821 kilometers (4860 miles), the longest national highway in the world opens. Called the Trans-Canada Highway, it begins at Douglas Street and Dallas Road in Victoria, British Columbia, and terminates at St. Johns in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Apollo 15 made history when the first lunar rover (also known as a moon buggy) landed on the moon. The next day, Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin became the first humans to drive on the lunar surface.
Marking the end of an era, the last original style Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico.
July 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Emily Bronte – 1818
Best known for her novel Wuthering Heights, this author’s sisters also published their writings.
Joe Daley – 1918
A graduate of The High School of Music & Art and Manhattan School of music, Daley went on to both educate other musicians and also play with numerous Jazz ensembles.
Henry Ford – 1863
Founder of the Ford Motor Company, Ford was also instrumental in changing the face of manufacturing with the assembly line.
Bud Selig – 1934
Serving as the 9th commission of Major League Baseball for 16 years, Selig saw the league through strikes and expansion.
Paul Anka – 1941
The singer-songwriter hails from Canada and is known for hit songs such as “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “She’s Having My Baby.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger – 1947
As an actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is best known for his roles in the Terminator franchise. He was also a successful bodybuilder and the 38th Governor of California.
Delta Burke – 1956
Best known as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the television comedy I, Burke went on to become a director and author.
Anita Hill – 1956
An attorney turned educator, Hill is a professor at Brandeis University. During her career with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she worked with Clarence Thomas. During Thomas’ confirmation hearing, a private interview with Hill concerning allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.
Bill Cartwright – 1957
As a center for the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, Cartwright went on to lead the Bulls as their head coach.
Laurence Fishburne – 1961
Fishburne’s success can be found both on the big and silver screens. His versatile roles in hit dramas and the Maxtrix series also earned him awards on stage and screen.
Alton Brown – 1962
Best known for his cooking series on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, Brown challenges amateur and professional chefs alike.
Diva Zappa – 1979
The youngest daughter of guitarist and composer Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa, Diva went on to become an artist and actress.