João’s divine pump-King pie
HE’S NOT a professional baker, but he sure knows how to flavour things up and bake a scrumptious pump-King (pumpkin) cheesecake.
Baking was exactly how the musician, restaurateur and foodie J’Something, whose real name is João da Fonseca, celebrated World Baking Day yesterday.
The Mi Casa lead vocalist shared his famous pump-King cheesecake recipe at his restaurant, Something’s Cooking by J, located at Menlyn’s Time Square.
“Baking has never been my thing but my wife encouraged me, and when Lancewood approached me about the competition, I thought this was the
answer to what has been on my mind lately.
“And because I love vege-
tables I tried out a cheesecake recipe with a pumpkin and, man, I made a bomb pumpKing cheesecake,” he said.
His pump-King recipe was so good that he was going to add it to his restaurant’s menu, he said.
He told The Star’s sister paper, the Pretoria News, that although he was not a baker, he found himself enjoying baking as it took him out of his comfort zone.
“I have learnt that baking is a clinical process, because there are rules one needs to follow and consider when baking.
“But there are also parts of it that allow you to play around with food, which is what I enjoy the most. Being able to take a simple recipe and make it your own just gives you joy,” he said.
UNBEATABLE!: J’Something with his cheesecake at his restaurant, Something’s Cooking, at Time Square.