It’s National Cheesecake Day! If you’ve never heard of that before, you’ll just have to celebrate extra this year.
Though often associated with New York, cheesecake is really about as Pennsylvania as it gets. It’s made primarily from our state’s chief agricultural commodity: dairy. And it’s best whipped up with some farm fresh eggs (found all over the Keystone State) and topped with seasonal, local ingredients like cherries, blueberries and peaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even incorporate some Pennsylvania craft spirits.
Plus, doesn’t cream cheese come from Philly? (No it does not. The brand name came from upstate New Yorkers trying to butt in on our state’s reputation for agricultural awesomeness – more on that here.)
Now a lot can go right with cheesecake but a lot can also go wrong. So if you’re a cheesecake novice, we recommend checking out this guide to cheesecake basics.
How to Make Perfect Cheesecake
Ready to move on to the next level? We found some great recipes to try.
Bourbon Peach Streusel Cheesecake
Bananas Foster Cheesecake
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
(featuring another classic, Pennsylvania product)
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
And now for something completely (OK, maybe just slightly) different…