Introducing the Japanese Cheesecake

Introducing the Japanese Cheesecake

There are various types of "cheesecakes", each with different methods of preparation and ingredients, but they all have one thing in common: they all use cheese.

Among them, everyone is probably familiar with baked cheesecake and no-bake cheesecake, which have a long history and have even been considered as the most basic form of cheesecake.

Others really vary, such as "New York cheesecake," which is similar to baked cheesecake, and "Basque cheesecake (Burnt Basque Cheesecake)," which is burned on the outside.

In this article, we compare and introduce each of the four types of cheesecakes, including "souffle cheesecake".


What is souffle cheesecake?

Souffle is a French word meaning "breath"or "puffed up.

Not only cheesecakes, but all dishes baked with meringue, such as soufflé omelets and soufflé quiches, are named "souffle".

As the name suggests, souffle cheesecake is also a cheesecake characterized by its fluffiness and lighter texture than other cheesecakes.

It is very popular in Japan because it is easy to eat and not as heavy as a regular cheesecake.

Japanese people tend to have a preference for sweets that are light and easy to eat, and sweet cakes that are too sweet for their taste buds are not that popular.

Souffle cheesecake is said to have originated in Japan and is introduced as "Japanese cheesecake" on various cooking sites, but little is known about its history.

It is unknown who, where, and how it was created. Perhaps it is a Japanese characteristic to be modest in the fact that no one has come forward to say "I invented it," despite its popularity.




What is different from other cheesecakes?

So, what is the difference between Focetta Souffle Cheesecake and other cheesecakes?

Let's compare each of these other cheesecakes and see how they differ!

Baked cheesecakes and no-bake cheesecakes provide a high level culinary experience. These are the most common cheesecakes.

Baked cheesecake is  a cheesecake with a characteristic browned part on the surface because cheese is mixed with eggs and sugar and baked thoroughly in the oven. Compared to souffle cheesecake, the filling is denser and it is very satisfying even when enjoyed in very small quantities. It is recommended for those that don`t have experience in making cheesecake, as it is very simple to make.

The main difference with no bake cheesecakes is that there is no baking process. 

Because it is cooled and hardened mainly with gelatin, not only does it not become brown, but it also does not contain any eggs, giving the cake a pure white, beautiful appearance.

Compared to baked cheesecakes, it offers a refreshing look and taste, making it an ideal cheesecake for summer when you don't want to eat something too heavy.

The next type of cheesecake that we describe is the New York cheesecake, that is richer in flavor. New York cheesecake is technically a type of baked cheesecake.

The baking process is the same, but this cheesecake is characterized by a process called "hot water baking," in which the cheesecake is slowly and deliberately superheated. Another unique feature of New York cheesecake is that it uses crushed cookies or crackers as its base. It has a rich and full-bodied flavor, making it a good choice to enjoy the difference from baked cheesecakes.

Basque cheesecake is a cheesecake that is baked for a long time and burnt black on the surface. This type of cheesecake is famous for being born in the Basque region of Spain, and the biggest difference is its appearance.

When baked for a long time at a high temperature, the surface is covered with black charred caramel. The history of this cake is short, and it was only seven or eight years ago that it first appeared in Japan. This cheesecake allows you to enjoy the aroma of the caramel and the smoothness of the moist cheese at the same time.

If you're looking for a rich, yet caramelized combination, you've got to try the Basque cheesecake!




Souffle cheesecake was born in Japan, but of course, other cheesecakes are very popular too!

Furthermore, a wide variety of cheesecakes can be purchased anywhere, including in convenience stores, cake shops, and online shopping.

Why don't you visit our Focetta shop and find your favorite cheesecake?

You could even invent a new cheesecake! ;) Anything is possible!

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