National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is celebrated on October 21st and celebrates America’s favorite dessert – who could refuse a fragrant piece (or maybe several)? Despite the fact that cheesecake is a fairly ancient dessert, its combination with pumpkin is relatively recent.
National Day was founded by dessert lovers in 2011 and has been celebrated ever since. Bakers have been experimenting with fillings, combinations, and new ingredients – sometimes with amazing and even incomprehensible results. We owe the invention of the pumpkin cheesecake to their creativity.
Cheesecake has a long history, believed to have appeared in the 5th century BC. The ancient Greeks created its early form, a mixture of cheese, flour, and honey prepared on old frying pans. The recipe quickly spread throughout the region and to England. Its usual form arose thanks to cream cheese, which was distinguished by its density and rich creamy taste.
The new cheesecake became popular in the 1930s, thanks to Ruben Arnold, an American restaurateur originally from Germany, who called it “New York Cheesecake”. Ruben is also known as the creator of the sandwich in honor of his name.
Did you know that cheesecake:
- was served to athletes at the Olympic Games;
- was used on Australian postage stamps;
- does not count as a pie;
- can be huge: in 2009, a Mexican company prepared a dessert weighing 2133 kg;
- has the most popular flavors: vanilla, chocolate, lemon;
- is not necessarily sweet, as there are varieties that are served with salads;
- was prepared with the addition of yeast until the 18th century, as it was the only available ingredient that contributed to the rise of the dough.
How to take part
It’s time to head to the kitchen and prepare your own masterpiece – check out the recipes and experiment! Invite your friends and treat them with sweetness, so they can appreciate your work. Alternatively, you can go to the nearest cafe and try the chef’s cheesecake.
When is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day celebrated in 2023?
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is observed on October 21 each year.