Matcha Sesame Cheesecake – Green Tea Cheesecake

Matcha Sesame Cheesecake

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 favorite way to enjoy matcha lately with the hot weather, is on ice. But I love drinking matcha tea both hot and cold.

Matcha Sesame Cheesecake
Matcha Sesame Cheesecake

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!I

Healthy Matcha

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 flavenoids.  By steeping the tea, you are drinking the tea infused water, which is great and gives you all of those antioxidants and flaveniods. In small doses. But, 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.

And Now For The Cheesecake

I’m not going to say that cheesecake is a 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.

How To Make Matcha Sesame Cheesecake

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Matcha Sesame Cheesecake
Matcha Sesame Cheesecake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

This beautiful cheesecake is matcha tea infused with sesame and kiwi, for a delightfully different cheesecake experience.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Japanese
Servings: 12
Calories: 157 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 lb cream cheese, softened 2 8 oz packages
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • kiwi slices
Instructions
  1.  Heat oven to 350°
  2. In a bowl, mix together crumbs and melted butter.
  3. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.. 
  4. Toast sesame seeds by spreading in a dry pan and put over low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  5. In a mixer or with electric beater, combine cream cheese, eggs, and sugar and beat until smooth. Add vinegar, vanilla, and matcha powder and beat until combined.
  6. With a spatula, fold in toasted sesame seeds.
  7. Spread mixture in spring form pan on top of prepared crust.

  8. Bake in center of oven for about 45 minutes, or until cake is set, but still slightly jiggly when you shake the pan.
  9. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Top with kiwi slices.
Nutrition Facts
Matcha Sesame Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 367mg15%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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7 thoughts on “Matcha Sesame Cheesecake – Green Tea Cheesecake

  1. I didn’t think about the caffeine benefits of matcha, I think I may need to give it a second shot as I’ve only had it as ice cream and wasn’t a fan.

    1. Hi Ayngelina, Matcha is an acquired taste for sure. Sometimes people who aren’t fans of it for drinking, actually like it in a recipe. I hope you do give it a second shot! 🙂

  2. Sounds intriguing! I’m not a huge matcha fan because I find the taste so strong, but I bet it’s pretty good in this cheesecake! and I love black sesame seeds (which are super healthy too!). Good job!

    1. Thanks Gabby, Although I am a fan of matcha, I think it becomes quite different in a dessert and the sesame seeds really seem to compliment it in this cheesecake.

  3. Such an interesting combo! I’ve never used matcha before, but in a cheesecake sounds like a good start 😉

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