Green Velvet Matcha Mini Basque Cheesecake

Green Velvet Matcha Mini Basque Cheesecake

In the enchanting realm where culinary finesse meets the vibrant hues of matcha, we embark on a delectable journey that promises to elevate your dessert experience. This is a recipe that harmonizes the velvety richness of Basque cheesecake with the mesmerizing allure of matcha – presenting the Green Velvet Matcha Mini Basque Cheesecake. Prepare to immerse your taste buds in a symphony of flavors, where the earthiness of Encha ceremonial matcha marries the indulgent creaminess of Basque cheesecake, all encapsulated in charming bite-sized portions.

What is a basque cheesecake?

A Basque cheesecake, also known as "Burnt Basque Cheesecake" or "La Viña Cheesecake," is a unique and rustic-style cheesecake that originated in the Basque Country of Spain. A Basque cheesecake differs from the traditional New York-style cheesecakes with a smooth and creamy texture, as it is mostly characterized by its intentionally cracked, burnt exterior and a creamy, almost custard-like interior.
There are a few key features which make a Basque cheesecake unique:
  • Burned exterior
  • Cracked appearance
  • Custard-like interior
  • minimal ingredients
Join us in this culinary adventure, as we unravel the secrets to creating these mini masterpieces that are not only a treat for the palate but also a feast for the eyes. Let the journey into the world of Green Velvet Matcha Mini Basque Cheesecakes commence!
 

Ingredients:

  1. 450g (about 2 cups) cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 cup heavy cream
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. A pinch of salt
  7. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease and line a 6-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare Matcha Mixture: In a small bowl, sift the Encha Ceremonial Grade Matcha powder to remove any lumps. Add a small amount of heavy cream (about 2-3 tablespoons) and whisk until smooth. This step ensures the matcha is evenly distributed without clumps.
  3. Cream Cheese and Sugar: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  4. Add Eggs: Incorporate the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. Combine Wet Ingredients: Add the matcha mixture to the rest of the heavy cream, mixing until uniform. Stir this into the cream cheese mixture along with the vanilla extract and salt.
  6. Incorporate Flour: Sift the flour over the batter and fold in gently, ensuring not to overmix.
  7. Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is browned and the center is slightly wobbly.
  8. Cool: Let the cheesecake cool in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set.
  9. Serve: Once set, remove the cheesecake from the pan and serve. The cheesecake will feature a beautifully caramelized top with a rich and creamy matcha flavor, thanks to the Encha Ceremonial Grade Matcha.

Matcha Cheesecake

This small version of the Basque Burnt Cheesecake, with a focus on Encha Ceremonial Grade Matcha, is perfect for a delightful tasting experience. The preparation of the matcha mixture ensures a smooth, clump-free incorporation of the matcha into the cheesecake, enhancing its flavor and color. Enjoy your baking!

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Matcha Cheesecake FAQ's

What is a matcha cheesecake made of?
To make a matcha cheesecake, these are the main ingredients which are required: Matcha, cream cheese, sugar, heavy cream, eggs, flour, vanilla extract.
How does matcha affect baking?
Matcha will not affect the baking process when incorporated into desserts. Often times matcha will simply make your baked good have a sweet, earthy, and unique taste, and most of all it will turn your desert green! Matcha is one of the best ways to naturally color your food when baking due to the deep green color of the matcha powder.
Can all matcha be used for baking?
Technically speaking, any matcha grade could be used in a matcha baking recipe, although culinary matcha will most often be the most economical matcha powder. We prefer to make our matcha baking recipes with ceremonial grade matcha, as it provides more color and a sweeter flavor to our baked goods.
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