Given this rich heritage, a lot of us have been taught the “right way of making a good cheesecake and how to enjoy it” – bake it, don’t bake it, add extra milk in the dough, add some honey, throw in a dash of cinnamon, enjoy the cake with a cup of tea, or coﬀee.
Cheesecake is so complex and varied that it’s understandably easier to treat each one similarly. However, in doing so, we lose the unique story behind each variety.
Established in 2004, Cizz “cheesecake & friends” aims to relive these stories and share them with anyone who is open enough to listen, taste, smell, feel, and see. We explored hundreds of diﬀerent classic recipes and bring it forward with modern techniques with hope to transform the complexity of cheesecake into stories that even a “cheesecake newbie” can understand and appreciate by translating this story into a holistic sensory experience
A mix of rich and sweet cheesecake topped with delicate blueberry jam.
Sweet cheesecake mixed with raspberry, blueberry, and passion fruit flavours. Like the rainbow, it will brighten your day after a cold rainy day.
Cheesecake is a beloved dessert around the world. While many assume that it has origins in New York, it actually dates back much further. Let’s go back over 4000 years to ancient Greece!
Of course, no story of cheesecake is complete without delving into the origins of the New York style cheesecake.
The Classic New York style cheesecake is served with just the cake; no fruit, chocolate, or caramel is served on the top or on the side. This faously smooth-tasting cake gets its signature flavor from extra egg yolks in the cream cheese cake mix.
By the time of 230 A.D., the Greeks had been serving cheesecakes over 2000 years.
The first “Cheesecake” may have been created on the Greek island of Samos. Physical anthropologists excavated cheese molds there which were dated circa 2000 B.C.
Cheesecake was considered to be a good source of energy, and there is evidence that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C.
A New York farmer was attempting to replicate the French cheese Neufchatel in 1872.
Grooms and Brides were also known to use cheesecake as a wedding cake in Greece.
The first cheesecake cookbook was printed in 1545.
The writer Athenaeus is credited for writing the first Greek cheesecake recipe in 230 A.D.
By the 1900s, New Yorkers were in love with this desserts, virtually every restaurant had its own version of cheesecake in their menu.