Cheesecake is a delicious dessert that many people enjoy. Is it a pie? Is cheesecake even a cake? Is it just an excuse for eating cheese and sugar together in the form of something sweet and creamy? Who knows! One thing we do know, though, is that it’s delicious either way.
Here we will examine opinions from both sides of the debate to see what the verdict truly is on this timeless question: Is Cheesecake A Pie?
Cheesecake is not a pie. The definition of a pie is something with a pastry crust and at least one filling. Cheesecake has an airy base instead of this rich, buttery type of dough which you’d expect to find in a pie crust and it’s more like pudding or custard than pie.
The main difference between cheesecakes and pies is that there is no “crust” on cheesecake – it’s all the same mixture. Pies have an outer shell, while cheesecakes do not- they’re basically just yummy cream on the inside!
This isn’t to say that you can’t make your own dough around your favorite cheesecake recipe- but traditionally speaking, cheesecake does not qualify as a pie.
Is A Cheesecake A Pie?
This question has been asked for centuries by chefs, foodies, and the average Joe.
I have heard this debate on multiple occasions throughout my life and it is time to put an end to this argument once and for all! Let’s find out if cheesecake is considered pie or not.
What Classifies As A Pie?
Pie is defined as an individual baked pastry, typically with a top and base of pastry dough that has been rolled flat and then shaped into a round or square shape.
The filling covers the crust and can be sweet or savory.
When thinking about pies it’s important to keep in mind that they are not limited to only fruit pies like apple pie or pumpkin pie; there are also cream pies, meat pies, quiches, potpies, tarts (which are more similar to pastries), as well as other types of dessert.
While it’s easy to think of pies being made from fruit because many people have memories associated with various types of fruit pies – after all, that was probably what you got on your birthday, or for Christmas – it’s important to remember the other types of pies.
What Classifies As A Cake?
Cake is one of the most beloved desserts, but what actually classifies it as a cake?
Well, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a cake is defined as “a baked food having a firm outer crust and often containing flour.”
So in order for something to be considered a ‘cake,’ it has to have some sort of crust.
That’s pretty much all that separates cakes from other delicious treats like pie or brownies!
Cakes are typically made using creamed butter and sugar which makes them more dense than pies. Cakes can be classified by their ingredients (i.e., chocolate cake) or how they’re served (i.e., birthday cake).
For example, if you wanted to take an ooey-gooey chocolate cake and turn it into a pie, you might have to use less flour so that the consistency is more gooey than dense.
What Classifies As A Tart?
What exactly is a tart? It’s not as easy to define as you may think.
A tart could be the tasty pastry filled with fruit and cream, or it could be a beautiful woman who looks like she just stepped out of a painting by Renoir.
You’ll have to read on to find out!
A tart is a type of fruit pie with a layer of sweetened, diced fruit covered by a crust, most often made from shortcrust pastry.
Some people use the term to refer to cherry pie or any type of pie with custard.
Why Is It Called A Cheesecake?
The origin of the name cheese cake is up for debate, but there are some plausible theories.
One theory is that during November medieval times, cows were close to giving birth and people would add raw milk from a cow just before giving birth to the mixture so they could test for freshness. It may have been called a cheese cakes has some kind of ‘miracle’ dairy product with a life force uncaptured by other foods.
Another theory points to Nesselrode paste which was a dessert made in 1830s Austria. There’s even an account where someone said they liked butter cream more than Paris butter cream; when the waiter asked if he meant “cream” or “butter,” he replied, “cheese.”
Another theory is based on the fact that many cultures and countries use cheese in their crusts, like French quiche Lorraine which has a shortbread-like crust.
It’s hard to say where exactly this sweet dessert originated; we know it started appearing in American cookbooks around 1884 but there is evidence of similar desserts going back centuries.
Is There Cheese In Cheesecake?
Yes. Yes, there is. Quite a lot of cheese, actually.
Cheese and dairy heavy desserts like cheesecake are the favorite dishes of lactose-intolerant people everywhere.
Cheesecakes are made wildly different ways. They can be made using any number of dairy products that would technically be considered other types of cheese.
Even the cream cheese itself, without any sour cream or yogurt mixed in to temper the saltiness, has an often strong cheese flavor due to all the dairy fats.
Cheesecakes can also contain ricotta, crumbled up mozzarella or cheddar or even blue cheeses like Roquefort.
What Type Of Cheese Goes Into Cheesecake?
Ah, a question that has befuddled many a newbie baker looking to make a quick lemon cheesecake.
Basically cheesecake is made of two distinct parts – the crust and the “cheesecake” filling, which would normally be cream cheese or another yogurt-based dessert – but some industrious bakers have started swapping different types of cheese into the crust part of their recipe.
In fact, you can find recipes for all sorts of cheesecakes on Pinterest featuring feta, ricotta, cheddar and even Gouda cheese as its foundation.
So it doesn’t seem to be a science thing – just a quirky new trend developed by adventurous home cooks, bloggers and pastry chefs obsessed with coming up with the next big thing.
Do You Have To Bake Cheesecakes?
Are you a cannibal? Of course not!
Baking anything is just a way of trying to remove some of the moisture from whatever it is that you put into the oven.
For example, bread bakes because it has more water content than desired for eating fresh out of the oven.
Cheesecakes firm up as they cool because their high fat content makes them difficult to slice when warm and still dripping with delicious substance from being so rich.
There’s no need to bake cheesecakes. In fact, no-bake cheesecakes are becoming quite popular and tend to be a bit lighter than traditional cheesecakes, which are baked during the process.
Are Cheesecakes Difficult To Make?
The real question is: Are you a perfectionist, or are your standards of “perfect” achievable enough for home baking?
Because if they’re not realistic – then yes. Making a cheesecake can be very difficult and frustrating.
But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible!
So, It’s Settled – Cheesecake Is NOT A Pie
I hope you’ve learned a thing or two about cheesecake. It can be a confusing topic, but I know it doesn’t have to be!
Remember the characteristics of what makes something pie and use this knowledge whenever you want to make sure that your dessert is in fact a pie!
And if all else fails – just call it cake!
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about cheesecake. If not, well…you can always go back to making pies!
In any case, enjoy your slice of deliciousness.