I made this Matcha Sesame Cheesecake so that I could experiment with using matcha in a recipe. I'm a fan of Matcha tea. I love the mellow, long-lasting caffeine kick that I get from it, which unlike coffee, doesn't leave me jittery. My favourite way to enjoy matcha lately with the hot weather is on ice. But I love drinking matcha tea both hot and cold.
When Robin at Steeped Tea sent me some of their lovely matcha, and I was excited to get started on this recipe. And, by the way, this is not a sponsored post. I just happen to love their teas. And Robin is awesome, too!
Matcha green tea is a very trendy drink right now, and for lots of reasons. Many studies have documented the health benefits of green tea. The pure, green powder has high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids. By steeping the tea, you are drinking the tea-infused water, which is great and gives you all of those antioxidants and flavonoids. In small doses.
However, when you drink the powdered matcha version, you are drinking the actual tea, leaves and all. This powdered form is very minimally processed and not exposed to heat. So it stands to reason that this would multiply the health benefits even further. Get more info on Matcha: What Exactly Is Matcha?
And Now For The Cheesecake
I'm not going to say that cheesecake is healthy food. It's a treat, of course. It's cream cheese and eggs and sugar. But, hey, I'm thinking, why not put some antioxidants in there too? Besides, Matcha gives this cheesecake a unique flavour and colour and combined with the black sesame seeds, a bit of an Asian kind of twist.
This cheesecake is not too sweet, which was my intention. But if you like a sweeter dessert, you can increase the sugar. I topped the cheesecake with kiwi slices because they echo the colour and black sesame seeds in the cheesecake, and the kiwi also really complements the flavours of green tea and sesame. I didn't realize that my kiwis were the golden fleshed ones until I sliced them. Green ones would have looked better for my photos, but these golden kiwi beauties worked out just fine. Toasting the sesame seeds brings out the oils in the seeds, enriching the sesame flavour.
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Matcha Sesame Cheesecake
- 1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 1 lb cream cheese, softened 2 8 oz packages
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup icing sugar
- 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- kiwi slices
- Heat oven to 350°
- In a bowl, mix together graham crumbs and melted butter.
- Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Toast the sesame seeds by spreading them in a dry pan and put over low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- In a mixer or with an electric beater, combine cream cheese, eggs, and sugar and beat until smooth. Add vinegar, vanilla, and matcha powder and beat until combined.
- With a spatula, fold in the toasted sesame seeds.
- Spread mixture in the springform pan on top of the prepared crust.
- Bake in the center of the oven for about 45 minutes, or until cake is set, but still slightly jiggly when you shake the pan.
- Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Top with kiwi slices.