Ottolenghi – The Cookbook: page 199

Qu’ils mangent de la brioche
~ Supposedly spoken by “a great princess”

Midnight baking and conversation. Burnt caramel. Singing oven. Cheeeeesseee. Golden goodness. Icing sugar (fairy dust). Ottolenghi’s caramel and macadamia cheesecake. There were a few laughs, a few disasters – but all was fine in the end and we all had cake complete with caramelised macadamias and even a caramel sauce. I attribute this strongly to my friend Rahul who is visiting from Wellington… when you are baking at midnight and SCORCH the bottom of both of your only saucepans with rock-solid brown caramel sauce, I recommend that you place yourself in the company of someone who can make you laugh and who thinks fast to solve problems. With Rahul’s help, the cake and saucepans both survived. Much to my delight, of course.

So at the moment John, Brad and I are sitting in my lounge, we are drinking wine, and I am rudely blogging… just wanted to submit my entry on time for Sweet New Zealand (see note below!)

I have so much from recent days to blog about – but I really have to go (multi-tasking is not my strength at all)… so here’re some photos for you, and I will post again soon. Ciao!


This post is my entry for this month’s Sweet New Zealand – the lovely Sue from Couscous & Consciousness is hosting it this time. Click here to join in the fun!

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13 responses to “Ottolenghi – The Cookbook: page 199

  1. Mmmm, have been wanting to make this for yonks! Love the sound of midnight baking, but I’m usually too zonked >.<

  2. Oo.. that looks so good and what were you doing cooking so late in the evening! I cannot do that at all! I am sure everyone enjoyed turning this beautiful dish into ruins! c

  3. That looks amazing – and the photos are gorgeous! Sounds like you guys are having a fun evening. :) I too have burnt caramel to the bottom of a pan. That is definitely not fun to clean. Good wine on hand and good friends usually help though. ;)

  4. That is so creamy looking. I love how light the texture of the cheesecake is. Into each kitchen burnt caramel must occasionally come.

  5. Whoa!!! I REALLY want to make this. But more than that, I REALLY REALLY want to eat it. Everyone talks about this cookbook, I might have to get myself a copy.

  6. That looks completely decadent and divine!

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks AH-MAY-ZING! Wow, I love cheesecake and can’t wait to try this. Great post.

  8. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

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  10. Stunning, Mel. I really need to get my hands on this cookbook :)

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