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New York Cheesecake
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What makes a cheesecake a New York cheesecake? Oddly, it's Philadelphia cream cheese. A New Yorker invented it in 1872, trying to duplicate French Neufchâtel. The Philadelphia proved popular and New York cheesecakes, from then on, were only made with it. 'Philadelphia' was contemporary slang for quality and had nothing to do with the city. For an authentic slice, try this recipe from Lindy's deli, a famous Broadway haunt in the 1920s.
Keep your kitchen and your wits cool by simply removing Waitrose's pre-baked New York Cheesecake (£3.99/540g) from the fridge when your sweet tooth starts to attack. It's dense, creamy and has a crunchy digestive biscuit base.
This recipe was first published in Thu Sep 01 01:00:00 BST 2005.