Who wants to eat Oreo Cheesecake?

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U Vaidehi

Cheesecake has been around for nearly 2000 years. Over the course of its journey across the globe, wars have been waged, territories surrendered and recipes modified. Through it all, there has been but one victor – the cheesecake. For more recipes, please visit our library.

A little history: –

Cheesecake is a sweet dessert dish that originated in ancient Greece nearly 2000 years ago. The oldest surviving cheesecake recipe dates back to the year 230 AD and was written by Athenaeus. Of course, in the last 2 millennia, the cheesecake has witnessed considerable modifications to its recipe based on the country of preparation Nonetheless, the core ingredients remained the same – cheese, wheat, and a sweetener.

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While it is believed that the Greeks had been serving cheesecake in wedding ceremonies for over 2000 years until the discovery of the oldest surviving recipe in 230 AD, there is no concrete evidence to support this claim. Now, let us understand how cheesecake travelled around the globe and established itself as a favorite dish among sweet-tooths the world over.

So in the 2nd century BC, the cheesecake recipe passed on to the hands of the Romans following their conquest of Greece. The Romans played around with the recipe until they developed their own unique version of it. Then, as they expanded their empire to the European countries of England, France and Spain, they carried with them the ancient Greek delicacy that they had acquired a century ago. By the 15th century, cheesecake was a popular dish across all of Europe with each country giving the recipe its own cultural twist.

Then during the great Atlantic migration of the 15th, 16th and 17th Century, while the Europeans conquered parts of America, the cheesecake didn’t fail to conquer the hearts of the Americans. Once again, the cheesecake took on a unique taste that was well suited to the American tongue. It was not until the late 19th century however, that the Americans added the crucial ingredient that would define cheesecake in the years to come. Any guesses? That’s right – cream cheese!

So in the year 1872, a New York dairy farmer was trying to create a type of French cheese called Neufchatel, but he never succeeded. In stead, he stumbled upon the process of creating cream cheese! Not long after, a few bakeries added this new ‘magic’ ingredient to their cheesecake recipe.. and it was a grand success.

Today, cheesecake exists in over 150 countries across 5 continents and new variations to the recipe are being developed even as you are reading this. So let’s cut the yapping and make some Oreo Cheesecake 😉

Prep time: 45 minutes

Baking Tray size – 5 inches

Quantity – 800 gms (approx.)

Serves – 3 to 4 people

INGREDIENTS: –

                          For Cream Cheese: –

750 mL fresh cream

750 mL whole milk

4 Tbsp white vineger

1 Tsp salt

2 Tsp Vanilla essence

Muslin cloth/ cheese clothe

                         For Cheesecake: –

30-40 Oreo cookies

4 Tbsp salted butter

6 Tbsp powdered sugar

                                                          PROCEDURE

1. Pour the milk and fresh cream in a thick bottom pan and stir it till it’s boiling

2. Add a pinch of salt while stirring the mixture

3. Once the mixture starts to boil, add 2 Tbsp of white vinegar and mix gradually

4. You should start seeing curdles being formed by now. Add the remaining vinegar to the mixture and mix well.

5. Transfer this mixture to another bowl and separate the whey from the curdle using a cheesecloth.

6. Do not squeeze the whey out by force, let it sit on the vessel for 15 minutes. Make sure to keep some amount of whey for later.

7. Transfer the contents from the cheesecloth to a blender and blits it to get a smooth creamy consistency. If the mixture is too hard, then add the whey we stored earlier.

8. Transfer the cream cheese to a bowl and whisk sugar into it along with vanilla essence and mix uniformly.

9. Break 8-9 Oreo cookies into small pieces and add it to the cream cheese.

10. Take 7 – 8 Oreo cookies and separate the biscuit from its cream. Crush the biscuit into a fine powder. We will use this to dust the top of the cheesecake.

11. Take rest of the cookies and crush them into tiny bits in a mixer and add melted butter to it. This will be the base of the cheesecake.

12. Take a removable bottom baking tray and line it with parchment paper at the base.

13. Spread the Oreo bit at the bottom evenly and press it gently with an object which has a flat surface

14. Refrigerate it for 10 minutes,  so that the base will harden.

15. Pour the cream cheese mixture and spread it evenly. Dust it with Oreo powder which we made earlier and put it in the refrigerator for minimum 4 hours for the best results.

So, how did the Oreo cheesecake turn out? Do let us know down below.

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