There’s nothing quite like taking an old favourite and “skewing it.” But as Maz always says, if you’re going to start something Skewd , you have to go in fully committed. Much like a fifty-fifty tackle in a North London derby, if you go in half-hearted, you’re only going to make a mess of things. So when our chefs sat down in the boardroom and decided to create a ferrero rocher cheesecake, they were there for a long, long time- planning on how to create the best combination of ingredients possible that would help the Skewd team achieve a winning result.
We could have simply taken a case of ferrero rocher and decorated the top of a cheesecake with it. But like former Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt,, that would have looked very pretty but flopped when it came to the big time. We wanted something a little bit more genuine, that had style as well as substance. Something that when it came to crunch time in north london, we knew would deliver the goods time after time….we wanted to create the Harry Kane of cheesecakes.
First we looked at the elements of what makes up a ferrero rocher; a Nutella style syrup, blended with milk chocolate and pistachio. Rather than lump this all on the top of the cheesecake a la Peter Crouch, we had to find a way to season the rosher throughout our cheesecake recipe, and let the star of the show blend together with the other ingredients as perfectly as Harry kane has with his midfielders.
First replaced the biscuit foundation of a traditional cheesecake with crushed pistachio. This provides a nutty, flavoursome base but is much lighter than using biscuit. Then, we blended more pistachio into light milk chocolate with cream mousse and layered over the base, before garnishing with blended ferrero fishers for that extra zip.
We couldn’t be happier with the result. In fact, the gaffer (Maz) is over the moon. But we can’t be satisfied with this one cheesecake, just as a good strike is never satisfied with winning a single game. A successful restaurant knows a Turkish meal is a marathon, not a sprint- and we’re taking our menu one dish at a time.