Cheesecake

Creamy, sweet and dense, cheesecake has long had the last word on decadence. Modern cheesecake is a sweetheart of American cuisine (today, July 30 is their commerce-friendly National Cheesecake Day), but cheesecakes go back to Antiquity. Athletes at the Ancient Greek Olympics were given cheesecake – a baked concoction of soft white goats or sheep…

Tarta de Santiago – almond cake

Santiago de Compostela in Spain’s Galicia region: the medieval town hums with reverential visitors, some of whom have walked hundreds of kilometres on the ancient pilgrim routes to view the tomb of Saint James, whose relics are said to be held here.     The patisserie to try, on view in the windows of the…