Cheesecake, without a doubt, is one of America’s favorite desserts. Whether it’s baked or unbaked, sweetened with sugar and flavored with fruit, nuts and/or chocolate, cheesecake is a delicacy that has few rivals.
While cheesecake has been around in one form or another since ancient Greece, Americans didn’t fall in love with it until the 20th century.
In 1912, a man named James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese. He later acquired the Philadelphia trademark for it in 1928. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is now the most commonly used cheese for cheesecake.
Here’s a recipe for cheesecake from the Real Women of Philadelphia website (http://realwomenofphiladelphia.com), which chocolate lovers will especially love.
Philadelphia Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
16 Oreo cookies, ground up
3 ounces melted butter
24 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese (3 8-ounce packages)
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 Oreo cookies (crushed)
Grind the 16 Oreo cookies in food processor
Melt the butter. Add the cookies and butter together and combine.
Press this crust into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake the crust in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, start mixing the cream cheese. Add sugar and mix. Add the lemon juice and vanilla and mix. Add each egg one at a time. Once fully incorporated, stir in the crushed Oreo cookies.
Pour the filling over the cooled crust. Bake in a 290 degree oven for 60 to 70 minutes
Cool completely before eating.