Many of us love cheesecake. We go into a café and start pointing at the most catchy one among those cheesecake on the shelves. How many of us understand cheesecake? How many common types of cheesecake are there in the market? Do you order the right one?
Talking about cheesecake, Classic cheesecake or so-called regular cheesecake is the most common one in the market. Unlike New York Cheesecake, classic cheese cake does not use cream cheese in the recipe. Other cheeses such as mascarpone, chevre, or Neufchatel cheese are commonly used in France as main ingredient instead of pure cream cheese. In Italy, they prefer to use mascarpone cheese though.
New York Cheesecake
A lot of people are confused between Classic Cheesecake and New York Cheesecake. Besides that, Classic Cheesecake does not use cream cheese as main ingredient, it relies on heavy cream and sour cream to create a silkier and creamier texture. In contrast, the New York Cheesecake seems is ultra dense, rich, firm but yet creamy. Its creamy richness and an unbelievable smooth texture is no wonder it is the favorite of most cheese lovers. Besides that, a New York Cheesecake also has an elegant flat top and a satin-like texture.
Another common cheesecake in the market is the No-Bake Cheesecake. As the name implies, it means that the cheese is not baked at all. It is mixed and chilled before serving, leaving homogenous and smooth texture. Less eggs are used compared to a baked cheesecake. Gelatin is incorporated in no-baked cheesecake too. The main difference between a baked and no-baked cheesecake is a baked cheesecake tend to be creamier towards their center and the bottoms, has firmer tops, drier and slightly puffier edges.
Japanese Cotton Cheesecake
This is very different from the conventional cheesecakes in the west. It has unbelievable light, airy, and as soft as cotton texture. It is so soft that it also owns the name of “souffle cheesecake”. The rich taste of cream cheese but yet fluffy, soft texture of Japanese Cotton Cheesecake makes it uniquely stand out from other cheesecakes. It is also trendy dessert among youngsters nowadays.
Another way to stand out from others? Try serving savory cheesecake as appetizer during a sit-down dinner with guests. I am sure your guests will be mesmerized by its unique and special taste compared to usual sweet tasty cheesecake.
This is the saviour of many vegans out there! Vegans and other non-dairy folks are not exempted from enjoying a decent cheesecake. The substitute of cheese here is softened and soaked in cashews blended with coconut milk, silken tofu, and other vegan cream cheese substitutes off the shelf.
How about other cheesecakes which does not use cream cheese? Examples are Ricotta Cheesecake which are usually more dry and less creamy. Sometimes it is a bit granular. Some use soft farmer’s style cheese, e.g. German Quark, Cottage Cheese etc to make cheesecake.
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