This has been a tough week. So many events. Now that the elections are behind us and the weekend is approaching, it is time to unwind a bit and chill in your favorite PJs. The only thing that would make this more perfect is a delicious slice of cheesecake. So if you are in the mood for mouth-watering creaminess, join us as we go through this national variety of cheesecakes.
Swedish Cheesecake - OstkakaBy Frugan[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The best way to enjoy this cake is with a side of jam (any fruit will do) and whipped cream. It is quite different in texture and flavour from the cheesecakes you might know. Traditionally it is produced by adding rennet to milk and includs almonds in the batter. It is also served lukewarm for best experience.
Romanian CheesecakeBy Nicubunu [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
If you are not a fan of the creamy american cheesecakes, this could be a good alternative. It uses milder cheeses such as ricotta, which make it less dense and heavy.
Polish Cheesecake - SernikBy Shizhao [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Made primarily using twaróg, a Polish quark cheese, cheesecakes are a national dish of Poland. The cheese used is a dry curd cheese, so again very different from the cream cheese used in the United States. The resulted texture is more grainy. If you can't find a dry curd cheese, you can use ricotta or drained cottage cheese instead.
Russian Cheesecake - VatrushkaBy Kagor[CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Russian Cheesecake is not just a dessert, it can be a breakfast substitute or an afternoon snack. It can be eaten warm, straight out of the oven, or cold. This is mainly due to its unique presentation. It is basically a dough ring filled with quark or cottage cheese. Delicious!
German Cheesecake - KäsekuchenBy 4028mdk09 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
Like the other European countries, the German cheesecake also uses quark cheese, but the base is freshly made dough, as opposed to the cookie-like base you might be used to. The cheese is made from sour milk which adds to the uniqueness. It is best to add some fruit to the cheese mixture to enhance the flavour.
New York Cheesecake
This one is heavy! The density and richness of this cake comes from the heavy cream or sour cream, which are the base of the mixture. The texture is not grainy like the European cakes, but smooth and creamy. The graham cracker base adds a layer of crunchiness. Served best with strawberries or chocolate.
Italian Cheesecakestu_spivack [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Here we come back to the ricotta cheese, though mascarpone can also be used. To add to the uniqueness of the texture, candied fruit are also often added the the cheese mixture. It is much lighter and fresher than the American style cakes, which allows you to grab more than one slice.
Japanese CheesecakeBy Helena Jacoba[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Japanese cheesecake became a sensation in north america, with stores popping out everywhere and the endless lines. It relies on the emulsification of cornstarch, which together with eggs, create a flan-like texture. The fluffy cake can also be found filled with fruits and with unique flavors added.
Though lighter in texture compared to its relative in New York, it has a much richer taste. You probably could have guessed that the PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese plays a big part here. Enjoy with a mix of berries to enrich the flavour even further.