Matcha Rare Cheesecake Recipe

February 21, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! For the year of the sheep, I prepared a Matcha Rare Cheesecake, with sheep just casually grazing on top of the matcha grass. 

I am a big fan of green tea, so I was more than generous with the matcha powder with this recipe. The result? Cheesy goodness with the sweet bitterness of Japanese matcha. No baking is required. It is really simple and quick to make, so please try it out!

Matcha Rare Cheesecake Recipe 
(Adapted from here)

6-inch Spring Foam Cake Pan
Piping bags with flower piping tips

[For Crust]
50g Butter (soft)
80g Graham crackers
Pinch of salt

[For Cheesecake]
70g Sugar
5g Instant Gelatin
6 tsp Matcha (Japanese Green tea powder)
150ml Whipping cream
200g Cream cheese
100g Sour cream

[For Decoration]
Chocolate Redondo
80ml Whipping cream
Green food colouring
Dark chocolate

[For Crust]
1. Crush the cracker with the rolling pin.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, salt and butter until blended.
3. Pat the cracker and butter mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.
4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until firm.

[For Cheesecake]
1. Beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth (you can warm the cream cheese by place the bowl over the hot water to warm it, so the cheese will be smooth). Add the sour cream and whipping cream, stir to combine.
2. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the batter into a small bowl, sift in the green tea powder. Mix until fully combined.
3. Add 3 tablespoons of hot water to the gelatin. 
4. Pour the green tea mixture back into the cheese mixture and mix well. Add in the gelatin, and stir until fully combined.
5. Chill overnight (or for at least 2 hours), until firm.

[For Decoration]
1. Beat the whipping cream in a bowl until stiff peaks form. Fill 1/3 of the mixture into a piping bag. Use this to pipe out the lambs. 
2. Add green food colouring to the remaining 2/3 of the mixture and place into a piping bag. Use this for the grass. 
3. Melt the dark chocolate over a water bath and pipe out the heads and legs of the lambs. 
4. Slice the Redondos into equal lengths, and arrange them around the cake to make the fence. Wrap a ribbon around, and you're done!

Have a great CNY everyone!

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