cheesecake slice
cheesecake slice

Sambocade 1390

The ancient Greeks ate something that may have resembled cheesecake, but the English medieval cookbook, The Forme of Cury from 1390, has the first recipe that most resembles the modern cheesecake.

Original Recipe
From:The Forme of Cury
From:The Forme of Cury

“Take and make a cruʃt in a trap & take cruddes and wryng out þe wheyze and drawe hem þurgh a straynour and put hit in þe cruʃt. Do þerto sugar the þridde part, & somdel whyte of ayren, & shake þerin blomes of elren; & bake it vp with eurose, & messe it forth.”

Elderflower Cheesecake
Modern recipe roughly translates as:
  • 1 pound fresh cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons elderberry flowers, or 1 tbsp elderberry cordial
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp. rosewater
  • 1 pie crust
  • ¾ cup sugar

Sambocade cheesecake
Sambocade cheesecake

Beat in cheese and eggs and sugar together until smooth. Add elderberry flowers and rosewater to the egg and cheese mixture and mix well. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes.

So cheesecake has been been eaten in Britain for at least 634 years.

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