I entered a baking contest at our local Oktoberfest yesterday. I was pleased with my 2nd place winning!!!!! But I was beat by a cheesecake. There were 2 catagories you could enter....cake or pies. Can anyone tell me why cheesecake is not a pie???
From wikipedia (since I'm too lazy to type my own definition--lol): A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough shell that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients. Pies can be either "filled", where a dish is covered by pastry and the filling is placed on top of that, "top-crust," where the filling is placed in a dish and covered with a pastry/potato mash top before baking, or "two-crust," with the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell. Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.
Obviously cheesecake doesn't fit in that family. Now, obviously one COULD use a cheesecake batter as a pie filling, but a cheesecake in and of itself does not qualify as a pie.
I wouldn't classify a cheesecake as a cake either. I think cheesecakes belong in a separate category, but if you compare the ingredients in a typical cake to those in a typical pie, you have to admit that a cheesecake shares more pie ingredients than cake ingredients. Like a pie, a cheesecake has a crust and a filling. Lots of pies share similar type cookie/graham crusts and similar ingredients for the fillings including the use of cream cheese and fruit.
The judges of the contest should have been more specific about their categories.
.....I wouldn't classify a cheesecake as a cake either. I think cheesecakes belong in a separate category....judges of the contest should have been more specific about their categories.........
Totally agree ^^^^.
Like I said.... I'm not complaining at all over a 2nd place cake. There were a ton of other cakes that I competed against. I was just curious what others thought of the cheesecake classification.
Since cheesecake is technically a custard, I feel it deserves an own category! Definately NOT a cake!
Isnt a cheesecake technically a custard? So how is it a cake? I agree not pie and for sure not cake. But definately yummy