Anybody who knows anything about cheesecake knows that there are two basic sorts. The one is baked and the other one is chilled, like a kind of fridge cake, without any cooking at all. Arguments abound in terms of which is right and which is best. Some people eating out in restaurants will even demand to know which type will be served before they will order any type of cheesecake.
There is little doubt that the traditional cheesecake was cooked. It was - and still is - baked on either pastry or a biscuit crumb base, with a fairly solid topping that was made with some sort of sweetened cream cheese. Unlike traditional cakes, this type of cake can sink in the middle without it altering the flavour. All you do is to pile preferably fresh fruit and/or whipped cream on top to disguise what is really only a visual flop. It will still taste delicious.
Uncooked cheesecake is normally made with a biscuit crumb base that has been mixed with some sort of fat and sweetening. Some of these uncooked cheesecakes are made using cottage cheese while other recipes call for cream cheese. Generally if you opt for cottage cheese you will need to do a bit of sieving, but either way they are simple to make and they invariably taste great.
While many purists will refuse to eat an uncooked cheesecake, if you get your uncooked cheesecake right, it will be light and fluffy even though it hasn't been anywhere near the oven.
Our selection of cheesecake recipes includes both versions, because we know that you want variety. There is also no one set flavour, and we give you the opportunity to experiment with a host of different cheesecakes. Whether you want to make a soft fruit cheesecake, a chocolate cheesecake or a fluffy lemon cheesecake, you will find it here.
When it comes to serving cheesecakes, you will have to make your own decisions. Some are very rich in flavour and they can be eaten on their own. But a lot of people like to add dollops of cream on top of cheesecake. You can also add spoonfuls of fruit to the top of most cheesecake recipes. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you will enjoy the cheesecake!