Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 1 (nine-inch) cheesecake
- 1 1/4 cups about 16 cookies chocolate cookie crumbs
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
- 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 4 ounces European-style, not Greek yogurt, room temperature, divided
- 2 tablespoons green Matcha powder
- 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ounce European-Style, not Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, sugar, salt and melted butter. Add the crust mixture into a nine-inch (10-cup) springform pan and press evenly onto the bottom of the pan until packed tightly. Transfer to the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes (unfortunately since the crumbs are so dark you can’t really tell when they’ve toasted so it’s important to pay attention to the clock). Remove from the oven and cool completely before adding the filling. Wrap the bottom of the spring form pan in a few sheets of foil and set aside. (I hate springform pans and they always leak so this is why we’re wrapping it in foil.)
In a small bowl, whisk together the matcha with 1 ounce of yogurt until very smooth—be sure to really get in there to whisk out the lumps of matcha. To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, using a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Next, add in the matcha yogurt mixture, reserved 3 ounces yogurt and sugar; beat until combined. With the machine one, add the eggs, one at a time, waiting until each egg is incorporated before adding the next one. Lastly, mix in the pure vanilla extract and salt.
To a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and powdered sugar until smooth. If it’s thick at all (this will depend on the yogurt you’re using), you may need to add a splash of water. It should be the texture of heavy cream.
Pour the matcha and cream cheese filling into the springform pan and smooth out the top with a spatula. Make sure it reaches the edge of the pan. Make little dollops of sweetened yogurt all over the surface of the cream cheese. Take a skewer or popsicle stick and run it through the dollops creating a marbling effect. Make it as messy or neat as you like. Place the springform pan in a roasting pan, or another pan that’s as big. Transfer to the rack of the oven and fill up the roasting pan with about 2 inches of water. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until it looks set, yet it’s still a bit wobbly in the center. Place on a cooling rack for 30 minutes and then place it in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours. (I let it set overnight.) Slice it up and serve.