The Fascinating World of Cheese Cakes!

Americans go crazy for the cheesecake and they are masters in making it. Yet, desserts made with cheese actually have their roots in the oldest traditional Italian cuisine.
SAN FRANCISCO - Aug. 21, 2015 - PRLog -- You know, Americans go crazy for the cheesecake. They have different variants of this popular cake, but the desserts that have the cheese among the main ingredients are definitely not an invention made in US since actually they have their roots in the oldest traditional Italian cuisine.
Yeah, once again the Italians are in first place. The Italian culinary tradition has dozens of old dessert recipes made with cheese and more than 200 recipes of sweet cakes with cheese are known.
In Emilia-Romagna, particularly in the province of Parma, there is a delicious ricotta cheese cake, light and sweet, covered with a delicious layer of dark chocolate.
In Abruzzo different desserts long for supremacy: from the regional pizza with ricotta and cream to the Easter "pizza" with cheese, eggs and fruit.
In Campania we cannot fail to mention the famous Neapolitan pastiera, a pastry filled with sweet ricotta and cooked wheat. According to an ancient legend, once some fishermen's wives left a baskets with ricotta, candied fruit, wheat, eggs and orange flowers on a beach as offerings for the sea, so that their husbands could have a safe journey and would come back home soon. In the morning they returned to the beach to welcome their husbands and noticed that during the night the waves had mixed the ingredients and created a cake: the pastiera. Surely this cake accompanied the ancient pagan festivals to celebrate the return of Spring. And if the pastiera is typical of Easter, at Carnival times the migliaccio appears on the tables of the region, a traditional cake made with semolina, ricotta, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, diced candied orange, cinnamon, vanilla and orange flavor, first cooked over a fire and then baked in the oven.
An exception is made for the tiramisù, famous throughout Italy and the world. Each Italian region has its own variation of tiramisù. For example, if you happen to be in Rome you have to try the famous tiramisù by Pompi, a local old who makes a delicious tiramisù, including some imaginative variations, recommended by all the guidebooks of Rome.
But in the field of cheese cakes the winners are the two major islands of Italy, Sardinia and Sicily, where the typical sweets made with cheese become numerous. The Sicilian cassatais absolutely amazing: for the uninitiated, it is a typical cake made with ricotta cheese, enriched with chocolate chips, covered with icing sugar and finely decorated with candied fruit. Its origins date back to the Arab rule in Sicily (IX-XI century AD). In fact, the Arabs introduced the sugar cane, lemon, lime, bitter orange, tangerine and almond divine in Sicily. And the ricotta has being produced in Sicily since prehistoric times.

The Sardinians have proved to be true magicians pastry. As a matter of fact, in the islandyou can choose among an endless range of soft or crunchy sweets made with traditional cheeses. Just to name a few, thecassateddiand the pardulas, the former with a half moon shape and a heart of ricotta, the latter round-shaped and stuffed with a pecorinocream. But in Sardinia you can not miss the Sebadas, fried pastries made of durum wheat flour and stuffed with sweet cheese, flavored with lemon peel or orange or the special sweet ravioli stuffed with fresh goat cheese, eggs, sugar and lemon, a real treat that accompanies ancient sacred festivals.

In the United States there are severalplaces where to buy Italian cheese of high quality. never forgets all the possibilities and recipes that cheeses allow for, when selecting Italian cheese to propose to the American market. In its online cheese catalog there is indeed a wide range of dairy products that can be used as a great base for recipes for cheesecake, including cheeses often difficult to be found offline.

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