So I am involved in a project called TeaChef in which each month we are given a different tea to create a fantastic recipe creation from. That sentence was poorly constructed. Ah well! I'm talking about cheesecake, not about grammar! So anyway, this month we had to use Green Pekoe - a fantastic green tea (in case you couldn't tell by the name).
So the first thing I thought was "peaches." I really like peaches. I really like peach flavored green tea. I figured - why not try them together? I considered doing a peach/green tea stir fry (because fruit in stir fry is fantastic, and so is green tea in stir fry), then suddenly I realized I was being silly. Cheesecake. I needed to do cheesecake. Cheesecake is my husband's favorite desert and he's been stressed lately and how cool would it be if I created a peach cheesecake recipe? I mean ... c'mon! COOL!
So I set to work making it. Being the cheesecake fan that I am and being married to the cheesecake addict that I am I have perfected my cheesecake recipe. I think I first got it off of a Philadelphia Cream Cheese package, but I've read so many cheesecake recipes in my time that it's been changed and modified in that way that recipes do. So that's me giving credit where I think credit is due (but I'm really not positive).
So anyway, you're all wanting my recipe, right? It's fantastic. Here goes:
Green Tea Cheesecake with Peach Raspberry Macedoine
1/4 cup butter (melted)
5 oz ginger snaps (ground finely)
3 tbs green pekoe tea (ground finely)
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup creme fraiche
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbs green pekoe tea
1 cup water
1 pint raspberries
2 tbs sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Grease 8 1/2 inch springform pan
3. Mix melted butter and ground cookies together
4. Press into bottom of pan (use the bottom of a drinking glass if you want to make it smooth)
5. Bake for 8 minutes, or until browning
6. Let cool (leave oven on)
1. Mix cream cheese, creme fraiche, and sugar together.
2. Add eggs one at a time
3. Mix finely ground tea into mix
4. Pour mix into springform pan over crust
5. Set pan inside a roasting pan filled with water to halfway up the side of the springform pan
6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until you can jiggle the pan and just the center moves slightly.
7. Let cool for an hour then place in refrigerator overnight
1. Heat water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Place tea leaves in a cup
3. Pour water over tea leaves
4. Let steep 5 minutes then strain out tea leaves
5. Place strong tea in refrigerator
6. Cup up peaches and raspberries into "salsa sized" chunks and mix
7. Sprinkle liberally with sugar
8. Once green tea has cooled to room temperature, pour it over the fruit
9. Refrigerate Overnight
All together now!
1. Cut cheesecake using a thin knife that has been wiped between each cut
2. Place slices on plates
3. Spoon Macedoine over slices
4. Eat while drinking a glass of Green Pekoe tea
Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask! And I know I over simplified everything - this is not my first time creating my own recipe, but definitely my first time writing my own recipe.