ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT THE NUNS OF NEW SKETE AND THEIR HEAVENLY CHEESECAKE FLAVORS
The Nuns of New Skete are a community of nuns in the Orthodox Church in America. They are known for their contemplative living and famous for their divine cheesecakes. They live, pray, and bake at New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, New York.
The Nuns of New Skete Story
In 1969, the Nuns of New Skete moved from their Roman Catholic Poor Clare cloister in Evansville, Indiana, to a small village in eastern New York State to build their Eastern Christian monastic community. The monastery is shared with The Monks of New Skete, who founded the New Skete Monastery in 1966 and helped the nuns get settled.
“Skete” means a small family-style monastic community. They named their community “New Skete” because they wanted to create a Modern Orthodox monastic community that fit into contemporary American culture.
The Nuns of New Skete worked a variety of jobs to self-support their community. They rely on donations and the proceeds from their work. At first, the nuns cleaned houses, painted iconography, and tailored clothing.
When Sister Magdalene Oliver arrived, the avid baker made cheesecakes. By 1975, The Nuns of New Skete had perfected the cheesecake recipe and everyone made cheesecake. The rest is delicious history.
In between morning and afternoon prayers, the nuns make their famous gourmet cheesecakes. The Nuns of New Skete are most famous for their heavenly 6-inch and 9-inch cheesecakes, but they also make other seasonal treats like:
- Cheese spreads: Creamy cheese spreads in a variety of flavors like Bacon, Cranberry Walnut, Creamy Cheddar, Horseradish, Jalapeño, Olive, Spicy Garlic, and Tawny Port
- Fruitcake: 2 lb. fruitcake filled with brandy-soaked dried fruit, nuts, and spices
- Pancake Mix: Wholegrain pancake mix with wheat and rye flours, cornmeal, sugar, leavening, and salt
The Nuns of New Skete whip up 16 cheesecake flavors, including:
- Amaretto & Cream
- Apple Walnut
- Chocolate Amaretto
- Irish Cream
- Key Lime
- Mint Chocolate
- New York
- Orange Cream
- Raspberry Chocolate
- Raspberry Ripple
- White Chocolate
In case you can’t decide, they also sell classic and seasonal cheesecake samplers with their best-selling flavors.
Chocoholics will love this rich and velvety 9-inch Chocolate Cheesecake with a chocolate wafer crumb crust. Each pre-sliced cheesecake has a bottom and side crust filled with chocolate-y goodness.
Orange Cream Cheesecake
Orange you glad The Nuns of New Skete have infused juicy citrus into a classic cheesecake? One bite and you will be praying for another slice of their seasonal Orange Cream Cheesecake. It’s a rich vanilla New York-style cheesecake swirled with sweet orange.
Mint Chocolate Cheesecake
Your chocolate and cheesecake wishes have been granted with this minty fresh 6-inch Mint Chocolate Cheesecake. Close your eyes and take a bite — you will think you’re indulging in mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Gluten-free Classic New York Cheesecake
An oldie but a goodie, this Classic New York Cheesecake is what put The Nuns of New Skete on the map. This gluten-free version features a lemony cookie crumb crust on the sides and bottom that nestles delicate vanilla filling to create a creamy Gluten-free Classic New York Cheesecake you won’t soon forget.
Why settle for one fantastic flavor when you can sample a few? The Nuns of New Skete’s Sampler Cheesecake includes four slices each of the nuns’ best-selling flavors:
- Chocolate Cheesecake
- New York Cheesecake Deluxe
- Raspberry Ripple