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Pistachio Green Tea Cheesecake

 
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linnish
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: Pistachio Green Tea Cheesecake Reply with quote

I created this recipe last year when I was still very active in baking back in S'pore. Now I'm sharing it with u all here, too bad I dun have a pic of it.

Ingredients:

For the base
150g digestive biscuits, finely crushed
75g unsalted butter, melted
Extra melted butter for greasing

For the filling
2 pkg (8oz each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
30g bakeable green tea powder, sifted
125g chopped pistachio nuts

Method:

1. Grease a 9-inch round cake tin with melted butter generously. Chill the tin in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
2. Mix crushed biscuits with melted butter well & press onto prepared tin. Chill the base for another 30 mins.
3. Mix cream cheese, sugar & vanilla essence till well blended.
4. Add in green tea powder & chopped nuts.
5. Add in eggs & blend well.
6. Pour into prepared base & bake in preheated oven 180C (350F) for 40 mins or until centre is almost set.
7. Cool. Refrigerate the cheesecake for 3 hrs or overnight.
8. Decorate cheesecake as desired before serving.


*I always like to try different kinds of biscuit base for my cheesecakes. Sometimes I use OREO cookies instead, while other times I use honey Grahams crackers. Digestive biscuits make very good base for cheesecakes & are simply delicious*
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think I've ever found green tea powder for baking. Are there any brands I should look for?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allen

I don't know about the US..but in Singapore this green tea powder are sold in tiny plastic bottle by a Baking items supplier which many of us here frequent to get things from.

you want a bottle? My cousin, Spiced_girl is visiting us soon for Xmas. I'll get her to bring it back for you. I just fear that it will be confiscated at the US customs..maybe they think its explosives powder or something.

also, is it difficult for you to get indian spices in NY?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheEpicure wrote:
I don't think I've ever found green tea powder for baking. Are there any brands I should look for?


So far, I have not seen any bakeable green tea powder here in the US. Back home in S'pore, I bought it from Phoon Huat. As what Gina said, it comes in a small bottle, and it's expensive too!

I have tried using green tea powder for drinking from Fancl to do baking. Results are no green tea taste & doesn't bring out the flavour at all. From what my sister told me, she said "OWL" brand has green tea powder & she tried using that for baking, that came out pretty good. Try to look for this brand over ur side & see if they import it or not.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought a small bottle of 20 gm(only!) for S$2.55. The bigger pack is S$12.55 and I think its 500 gm or something like that.

here's the small bottle picture from Phoon Huat.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i got this just now. many many bottles on the shelves.

off topic, i can find any ovalette at Phoon Huat.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ovalette is found in Cold Storage only. Dunno why..but never see it at NTUC.

also off topic, I just bought the last piece of kueh bangkit mould for Florence!! The hougang Phoon Huat says no stock till Jan 2005! Good gracious!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can try Sun Lik at Seah Street (opposite Raffles Hotel) for baking ingredients.
They have quite a lot of variety too.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gina wrote:
I just bought a small bottle of 20 gm(only!) for S$2.55. The bigger pack is S$12.55 and I think its 500 gm or something like that.


Yep that's what I used to buy and they always run out of stock too! Every time I bake my cheesecake, I need 2 bottles...other than what the recipe requires, I like to sift some green tea powder on top of my cake to enhance the flavour Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a question on green tea powder, can drinking green tea (powder form) be used? If not, what's the difference with that and 'bakable' green tea powder?

tks - I've got a big bag of drinking green tea powder and was wondering what I can do with it....other than drink it of, of course Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirsten

Drinking green tea powder, when used in baking, doesn't give out much flavour whereas bakeable green tea powder is stronger. I have tried the drinking one in baking & can't taste much of it in my bakery. Of course u can always try it out with the ones u have because according to my sis, she used "OWL" brand green tea powder (for drinking) to bake & it came out good. Maybe it depends on the quality of the powder?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, maybe I'll try it out anyway....(since I have such a large bag of green tea sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used again)! -K
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2004 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matcha powder (green tea) seems to be for both baking and drinking. Maybe I can find some at Whole Foods tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how about the green tea powder that's used in bubble tea? would that work?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

babyphat2022,

Not sure if the green tea powder for bubble tea works in baking or not. Gotta try out then will know.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone tried this recipe before?

It looks quite simple & all the ingredients I have it, except the nuts which I will not add in.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Karrine! You are a real cheesecake fan! Wherever there is a cheesecake recipe, I see your name in that thread! :lol: :lol:
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really lah, just that I'm looking around for more cheesecake recipes & then decide on which one to make. :lol:
I do love cheesecake and my goal now is to succeed in making one.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried making this today and in my opinion, its slightly too green in colour. Perhaps can try to minimize the usage of green tea powder? Also, I noticed this cake doesnt give a smooth top even after baking. Hmmm any idea how to improve on this?

However, I would like to compliment linnish for sharing this recipe as I love the smell of this cake after baked. It smells so good...Will share the cake picture after I have cut it tomorrow.

Regards...May
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