Well, it’s not a cheesecake, it contains no cheese whatsoever, and it’s not specific to London as I’ve seen it in branches as foreign as Leeds. It appears also to be one of those controversial dishes that has any number of variations. Some report London Cheesecakes filled with jam-like stuffing while others state that a “true” London Cheesecake does not include the coconut on top, but is instead a dollop of icing that sits atop a simple 4″ portion of pastry.
It is in fact a slab of flaky pastry, about 2cm tall, topped with icing and covered in coconut shavings. This makes it a Bounty in reverse, without the chocolate.
I’ll be honest; before grabbing one of these as a puddin’ I’d never heard of this delicacy. I’d certainly had never eaten one. Cursory online research informs me that it was at one time a staple of school dinners and factory tea rooms but sadly has diminished in popularity since the 1970s. Greggs on Portobello Road however seem to have them in stock by the bucketload. I approve.
The only thing this product needs to do is not fall to pieces in your hands. The pastry does a sturdy job of this and has a sweet taste that makes you crave more. The icing is sweet enough (and fortunately sticky enough to keep its shredded cargo in place) while not TOO sweet. While I’ve never been a fan of coconut (Bounty? EUGH) it actually works OK in this context. It also represents excellent value for money at 60p.
It’s not filling, but then it’s a cake and you generally don’t expect a pudding to fill you up. I can consider myself won around by the London Cheesecake.
Verdict: A new experience turns into a decent treat. I would however be interested in trying a jammed up version of this.Share