The classic baked Cheesecake is a sweet dessert made with a biscuit or sponge base and a soft cheese topping, and served with a fresh berry coulis, typically strawberry, raspberry or blueberry.
Historians believe that the Cheesecake was first created in ancient Greece. Indeed there is evidence that it was a sort of energy food served to athletes during the first Olympic Games held in 776 B.C. After the Romans conquered Greece, its popularity spread much further afield and the recipe was adapted to locally available ingredients. Immigrants brought the basic recipe to the USA, but it was only in 1872 when American dairymen invented cream cheese that the Cheesecake of today took off.
A popular dessert, it appears on restaurant and tearoom menus across the world and is enjoyed either as a dessert or special treat served with tea or coffee.