Tag Archives: Baking

My definitive NY style cheesecake recipe

The best cheesecake you'll ever taste

I dreamed of making a cheesecake reminiscent of Junior’s but what I ended up making was slightly different. For a start, I really didn’t want to have to make the sponge base which Junior’s has. I know it makes for a lighter base but I didn’t want it to end up with a soggy bottom after a day or two. ...

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Recipe test: Black forest gateau

The finished article

This recipe is from Felicity Cloake’s ‘perfect’ column. Black Forest Gateau reminds me of childhood birthdays, when my parents used to buy a frozen one every year from the local Cash & Carry. This one tastes a lot better, believe me. Ingredients  (Serves 8-10) For the pastry layer (if using) 60g plain flour 5g cocoa powder 25g caster sugar 40g ...

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Piggy’s Bakewell Tart


This is a bit of a mish-mash of recipes. I’ve used Ottolenghi’s recipe for sweet pastry and Felicity Cloake’s recipe for the filling. The culmination of both was a success, if a lemony one. I should have omitted the lemon zest from the tart filling as there was some in the pastry too. This makes double the pastry quantity needed ...

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Nutella Cheesecake

It was a friend’s birthday a little while ago so we decided to make her a special cake using her favourite ingredient – Nutella. This recipe is an adaptation of Nigella’s peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake. However, we found the original recipe to be far too sour so it’s been drastically altered. One of the riskiest things to do when ...

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Ottolenghi’s amazing carrot and walnut cake

carrot cake 3

If you think you don’t like carrot cake, you must try this recipe before you give up on it! This one is fruit free, not overly spiced, and extremely light and moist! I couldn’t recommend this recipe more highly. Here’s the recipe, I omitted the ground cloves as I didn’t have any and didn’t miss it to be honest. Ingredients ...

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Chocolate, salted caramel and nut brownies – By the London Piggy!

Salt caramel brownies

My search for the perfect brownie I’ve tried many recipes for brownies on my quest to find the perfect mix. I’ve often made Ottolenghi’s macadamia and white chocolate brownies as they are such a crowd pleaser. Ottolenghi Recipe Ingredients 200g macadamia nuts 200g unsalted butter plus extra for greasing tin 280g plain flour ½ tsp salt 300g dark chocolate, broken ...

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