Cheesecake, a sumptuous culmination of creamy cheese, wheat and sweetener, is one of the favourite desserts around the world. It`s origin is in Greek island of Samos. Physical anthropologists have excavated cheese molds there that were dated around 2,000 B.C. Cheesecake was one of the most popular dishes in Greece. It 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. Only thing is that it was in the simplest form compared to the complicated versions available today!
The Classic Recipe:
Athenaeus of Naucratis, a Greek author, is credited for writing the first Greek cheesecake recipe in 230 A.D. However, the Greeks had been serving cheesecake for over 2,000 years. Still this is the oldest known surviving Greek recipe! The recipe he has mentioned was pretty basic – pound the cheese until it is smooth and pasty – mix the pounded cheese in a brass pan with honey and spring wheat flour – heat the cheesecake “in one mass” – chill then serve. This recipe was ruined when the Romans conquered Greece. But, they just modified it adding crushed cheese and eggs. These ingredients were baked under a hot brick and it was served warm. Marcus Cato, a Roman politician in the first century B.C., is credited as recording the oldest known Roman cheesecake recipe. Over the years, so many varieties have evolved from the ancient form of the Cheesecake.
At Pandhal, we add our signature touch to this age old recipe, to make it simply irresistible. Try it, if you already haven’t.