Long before cheesecake became a decadent dessert in America, a much simpler version was being made in ancient Greece. It is even believed that the original baked mixture — which consisted of pounded cheese, honey and flour — was served to athletes at the first- ever Olympics as a source of energy.
As cheesecake grew in popularity, countries began creating their own versions with regional ingredients. Traditional recipes saw yeast being swapped out for beaten eggs and popular flavors like rosewater being replaced with a hint of lemon or vanilla instead. From rich and creamy to light and airy, here is a look at cheesecakes from around the world.