Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
This cool and creamy cheesecake is accented with a swirl of verdant matcha. You’ll love the earthy green tea flavor with the sweetly spiced Graham cracker crust!
It’s once again time for Mystery Dish, and I couldn’t be happier to share this month’s recipe with you!
I tried a new-to-me ingredient and I loved it! I’m so happy our host Zainab (of Blahnik Baker) put this list together for us; it was just the push I needed to help me expand my horizons:
- Sesame seeds
- Green chiles
- Green tea or matcha powder
- Feta cheese
- Pinto beans
- White wine
- Prickly pear cactus
I was so pleased to cut a slice of this and find that it had that unmistakable light, cool, and creamy texture that we all so crave in a cheesecake, and the matcha swirl was such a pretty color and earthy flavor. If you like drinking green tea then you will love this cheesecake!
I found my matcha powder at the Asian grocery, but I think it’s probably pretty easy to obtain online as well.
You’ll want to scoop about 3/4 cup of your cheesecake batter into a small bowl, and stir in the matcha. The color is gorgeous! Then, just drop spoonfuls of the matcha batter all over the top of your cheesecake and swirl the colors together with a toothpick. Easy!
But the best part of this dessert is definitely the crust. I use cardamom from time to time, but I’ve never loved it as much as I did in this graham cracker crust. Oh man… the combination of brown sugar, graham, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom is just so heavenly….!
And now for the fun part! Have a look at what all my Mystery Dish pals cooked up!
1. Green Chile Chicken Soup – Chez CateyLou
2. Crockpot Chicken Chilli Stew – Yummy Healthy Easy
3. Spiced Apple Crisp – I Want Crazy
4. Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing – The Pajama Chef
5. Spiced Mini Skillet Apple Crisp – Culinary Couture
6. Pan Seared Pork Chops with Spicy Apple Chutney – Flavor the Moments
7. Matcha Swirl Cheesecake – Baking a Moment
8. Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels – I Dig Pinterest.
9. Baked Apple Donuts with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze – Joyful Healthy Easy
10. Vegan Gluten-Free Ginger Walnut Apple Pie Bars – The Sweet-Tooth Life
11. Apple Feta Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds – The Well Floured Kitchen
12. Apple Cardamon Crisp – Blahnik Baker
And please be sure to visit my good friend Mary Frances at The Sweet-Tooth Life; she was our guest blogger this month and didn’t she do an incredible job with her Vegan Gluten-Free Ginger Walnut Apple Pie Bars?
Hope you enjoyed, my friends! I’ll be back with another fun post on Friday!
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Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
- 9 whole graham crackers, (or 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs)
- 1/4 cup (55 g) brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 7 tablespoons (103.51 g) unsalted butter,, melted
- 16 ounces (453.59 g) cream cheese, (2 8-ounce blocks)
- 2/3 cup (133.33 g) sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs,, large
- 1 egg yolk,, large
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and lightly mist an 8-inch cake pan with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment.
- Place the graham crackers, brown sugar, spices, and salt in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until the graham crackers are finely processed.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, add the melted butter, and stir to combine.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and flour until fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.
- Stir in the cream, then pour all but around ¾ cup of the batter over the graham cracker crust and into the prepared pan. Stir the matcha powder into the remaining batter and drop tablespoonfuls of it all over the surface. Swirl with a toothpick.
- Place the cheesecake pan in a larger pan, and fill with about an inch of hot water. Bake the cheesecake for 10 minutes, lower the heat to 200 degrees F, and bake for another hour, or until the edges are set and the center is just a little bit wobbly.
- Prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon, and allow the cheesecake to come to room temperature. Chill in the refrigerator overnight before flipping the cheesecake out of the pan and onto a serving dish.
Hello! This looks delicious and am definitely going to try it!
Just a question, but should we fear over-mixing the filling? I was thinking of putting it through a food processor…? Cannot wait to try this though, it looks stunning also!
Hey Lila! Thanks so much for the great question. I honestly don’t think you’ll have too much to worry about if you’re using a food processor. The only thing to be cautious of when mixing cheesecake batter is not to whip too much air into it. But it my experience that’s more of a concern with a mixer than it is with a food processor. I hope that’s helpful & I hope you enjoy!
Ah that looks delicious! I love matcha, this iteration sounds just incredible! Love the pretty green swirls. 🙂
Thanks Baby June! I loved the green swirls too! It was my first time tasting matcha and I really liked it!
This cheesecake is beautiful! The swirl is so pretty. I’ve always wanted to try making something with matcha powder, I think I should start with this 🙂
Ya, definitely! Go for it, Kate! This was my first time using matcha and I really loved it. It worked well in a cheesecake! Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy.
This cheesecake looks perfect! I gotta try matcha!
It was my first time trying AND baking with matcha. I really liked it! Definitely worth a try. Thanks Meriem!
Wishing I had a slice of this matcha cheesecake right now! It looks SO incredibly delicious.. great recipe!
Thank you Thalia! It was my first time using matcha and I really liked it! 😉
I am such a sucker for pretty swirls! They get me every time 🙂 Gorgeous cheesecake! I have yet to try matcha – I need to get my hands on some!
I had been meaning to try matcha for the longest time; this was just the push I needed! Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Ashley! Hope you’re having a great week, my friend 😉
Matcha is one of my favorite things on the planet, and this is the best use for it! In love.
Wow how about that! I had no idea you were such a fan of matcha; that’s so great! I had never tried it before but now I’m definitely right there with you. Thanks Justine!
Such an interesting idea for a cheesecake! I am in love with green tea anything. I am totally that girl in line at Starbucks asking for an extra scoop of matcha in my Green Tea Frappucino. I love the gorgeous swirly pattern too; this cheesecake needs no additional adornments. It’s just perfect as is. So cool and fancy!
Ok so now I need to get on over to Starbucks so I can try a Green Tea Frappucino. Thank you so much Meggan! This was a new-to-me ingredient but I’m so glad to know that it’s a favorite of yours 😉
This looks beautiful!! I have got to get my hands on matcha. I have several friends here who are obsessed with it and they always want me to make something. I need to work on that. This cheesecake would be perfect and your swirls are stunning!
Thank you so much Connie for the very sweet comment! I’m so glad you like the post 😉
This is one beautiful cheesecake!! I love the matcha swirl. I’ve never used matcha powder before, but now I seriously need to try it. Pinned!
It was my first time trying matcha Bakerita, and I really liked it! It’s such a fun and unique ingredient, you should definitely go for it! Thank you so much for pinning, and for the sweet comment!
I am slightly obsessed with matcha and pretty much NEED THIS in my life! Imagining it with those warm spices and it sounds SO GOOD.
Yay! Thanks Joanne! The spices were such a happy surprise for me- I think they made the whole dish! Thanks so much for the sweet comment 😉