NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE DAY
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 6th offers another way to celebrate one of our favorite desserts. This indulgent day inspires bakers across the country to wow us with their delicious creations!
Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of soft fresh cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry, or sponge cake. Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked and are often served topped with fruit, chocolate, or whipped cream. There are many flavors in which cheesecakes can be prepared. However, this day honors the white chocolate cheesecake.
Now, white chocolate is not chocolate in the strictest sense. It doesn’t contact cocoa solids. During the process of manufacturing chocolate, the dark-colored solids of the cocoa bean separate from the fatty content. With milk or dark chocolate, these solids are reincarnated. However, these solids don’t return to the mixture when making white chocolate. Additionally, white chocolate contains less caffeine than its darker counterparts. It also loses some of the health benefits as well since it tends to contain more fat and sugar. Add it to an already rich dessert and, well, decadence should be expected.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WhiteChocolateCheesecakeDay
- Make a white chocolate cheesecake to celebrate. Give these recipes a try:
- Or, visit your favorite bakery and give them a shoutout!
- Use #WhiteChocolateCheesecakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this cheesecake holiday. Are you looking for more delicious cheesecake celebrations? Check these out!
Q. Why are cheesecakes baked in a water bath?
A. A water bath is a method of baking a cake that allows for even and slow baking. The steam will create a lighter, more even cheesecake, too. Creating a water bath is easy. Place the cake pan in another oven-safe dish. Fill the pan with water up to the lip of the cake pan.
Q. Can I bake a cheesecake in a convection oven?
A. Yes. Baking cheesecakes in a convection oven is just one way. Be cautious about overbaking. The water bath is still essential to perfect cheesecakes with this method of baking. Another kitchen appliance you can use for making delicious and perfect cheesecakes is a pressure cooker. Since pressure cookers require water to build up pressure, they are an ideal method to use. Finally, no-bake recipes provide the opportunity to make quick and easy cheesecakes for a dessert in a pinch.
March 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Chemist Dimitri Mendeleev publishes his first paper developing a new periodic table. Mendeleev’s table arranges the elements based on atomic mass, similar to chemist John Newlands, but he corrects some of Newland’s errors. By this time, only 60 of the over 100 elements we know today were discovered.
Clarence Birdseye begins test marketing prepackaged frozen food in Springfield, Massachusetts as Birds Eye Frosted Foods.
Peter Hodgson introduces Silly Putty as a toy for the first time.
“My Girl” by The Temptations hits the U.S. singles charts. Written by Smokey Robinson, the single is the first hit for the Motown Records recording label.
March 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Ed McMahon – 1923
Johnny Carson’s long-time co-host began his career in entertainment as host of a late-night talk show. Known for his funny antics, McMahon also hosted the talent show Star Search.
Sarah Caldwell – 1924
At the age of 26, Caldwell became the first woman to direct a professional opera company. She would advance her career even further when she became the first woman to conduct the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1976. She was a force to be reckoned with, adventurous and determined.
Gordon Cooper – 1927
One of the original Mercury astronauts, Cooper’s first mission to space was aboard Faith 7 on the final flight of the Mercury Project on May 15, 1963. His second flight was aboard Gemini 5 with astronaut Pete Conrad on August 21, 1965.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 1928
In 1982, the Colombian author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Some of his best-known works include One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Valentina Tereshkova – 1937
In February of 1963, Tereshkova began training in the Soviet space program. She was selected for a dual mission with cosmonaut Valeri Bykovsky, and on June 16 became the first woman in space. She orbited the Earth in the Vostok 6 while Bykovsky, who launched two days earlier, orbited in Vostok 5. Tereshkova orbited a total of 48 times around the Earth for 71 hours.
Maurice Ashley – 1966
In 1999, Maurice Ashley became the first black chess player to earn the title of grandmaster. He was 33 years old and learned the game from his older brother. Today, the grandmaster continues his love of the game and is also a commentator, coach, consultant, and more.
Shaquille O’Neal – 1972
Known as Shaq, he played 19 years in the National Basketball Association with six different teams. During his career, Shaq brought home four championship rings, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat.
Elizabeth Barret Browning – 1806
Lou Costello – 1908
Wes Montgomery – 1927