Cheesecake is a delicious and beloved dessert around the world. While many assume that it has its origins in New York, it actually dates back much further. The delicious cheesecake has its roots in Ancient Greece. The Plakountas (Placenta cake) has a long history of over 4000 years!
In Ancient Greece, the plakountas was considered to be a superior source of energy, and there is evidence that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. It was also used as a wedding cake by Greek brides and grooms.
Female bakers kneading dough accompanied by a musician playing a flute; terracotta figurine group discovered at Thebes, Boeotia, 6th century BC (Louvre, Paris).
The earliest attested mention of a cheesecake is by the Greek physician Aegimus (5th century BC), who wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes (πλακουντοποιικόν σύγγραμμα — plakountopoiikon syngramma).
Athenaeus, a 2nd century AD author, in his book The Deipnosophistae (=dinner-table philosophers) mentions that Callimachus (3rd century BC) used to have a work by Aegimius that described the art of making cheesecakes.
The earliest extant cheesecake recipes are found in Roman Cato the Elder‘s De Agri Cultura, which includes recipes for three cakes for religious uses: libum, savillum and placenta. Of the three, placenta is most like most modern cheesecakes, having a crust that is separately prepared and baked.—–
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