Go matcha!

Date luglio 6, 2009

At last Claudia has finished her high school exams, and now she can start to built up her own future. She can choose between a lot of different opportunities, she can decide what to become, where to commit herself… I firmly belive that, whatever she will choose, her choice will be made with awareness and responsability. I still look at her as a timid little thing, as my sweet young sister, but she is now a grown up girl, strong and self-confident, she has got her own personality, ideals, goals and a radiant smile! I’m so proud of her, so, Claudia, this cheesecake is for you,  green as hope is green and light and fresh as you are!

::::: MATCHA JAPANESE CHEESECAKE :::::

The japanese cheesecake you find in Cavoletto’s website is one of our favourite desserts: I have made it, and made it and then made it again because it is reliable, light and you can renew it every time with a different topping.

I also noticed on Babette‘s website  a matcha version, and I was eager to try it… but, oh my God, don’t ask for matcha in my little town!! Matcha? what is matcha? Luckily you can always rely upon good friends, so my friend Babs has gifted me with a little box, with matcha and cardamom inside! Glorious moment!! I had to experiment something with my matcha, so waiting to try matcha pannacotta and open to any of your suggestions, I made a matcha japanese cheescake.

Ingredients:

  • sheep ricotta (fresh cheese, as cottage cheese), 250gr
  • eggs, 6
  • caster sugar, 150gr
  • halk skimmed milk, 100ml
  • plain flour, 60gr
  • maize flour, 20gr
  • butter, 50gr
  • lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon
  • matcha tea, 2 teaspoons

Mix ricotta cheese with milk, melted butter and matcha tea until you have a soft green cream. Add flour, maize flour and egg yolks, stir well and set aside.

In a large bowl, whip egg white with baking powder, until they form soft peaks. Add little by little the sugar, keep on whipping until the egg whites are glossy and firm. Mix gently white eggs and cheese cream and pour the mixture into a 26cm diameter mould with baking paper.

Set the mould into a larger baking tray with some water in it (2 cm are enough)  and bake fot 1 houre and 10 minutes in a preheated oven (160°C). Leave to cool and serve plain or with some icing sugar or matcha powder. The flavour is gentle but persisiting and lingering, it is absolutely worthy of a try!

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12 Responses to “Go matcha!”

  1. Kitchen M said:

    How interesting! I love Japanese cheesecake but never made with sheep ricotta.
    I love matcha too and I use in all kinds of desserts from cookies, cakes to chocolate!
    If you ever need more matcha, don’t hesitate to ask me, I can get it for you. ;)

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  2. s. stockwell said:

    Well this is such an unusual dish? We are wondering about matcha, a powdered green tea? and the sheep ricotta must be very powerful taste? We are intrigued and will give it a try. really fun. thanks, s

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  3. lisaiscooking said:

    Sounds delicious! I can find matcha but never find sheep’s ricotta. Would love to try making a cheesecake with both though.

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  4. Juls said:

    @ Kitchen M: I’m very curious about matcha recipes, since it’s quite a new ingredient to me! Can you suggest me something? Thanks for your kind offer!
    @ S. Stockwell: Matcha is a powdered green tea, light and smooth like talc. Sheep ricotta is not as strong as goat cheese, so it doesn’t cover the intense taste of matcha. Give it a try!
    @ Lisaiscooking: if you can’t find sheep ricotta you can repalce it with cow ricotta or any other fresh cheese, as Philadelphia!

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  5. pigpigscorner said:

    I’ve never seen sheep ricotta before actually. Another great way to use matcha!

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  6. Giulia said:

    @ Pigpigscorner: it is light and smooth, smoother than goat cheese! if you can’t find sheep ricotta you can replace it with cow ricotta, as smooth as the sheep one.

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  7. rowena said:

    Awesome idea. I was sent a small amount of matcha from a friend in Hawaii, but I’ve been hanging onto it until I came across the perfect recipe idea. This one is it!

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  8. Neel | Learn Food Photography said:

    Love the photograph. Have you used natural light or used any flash/strobe? Love the way you have spread the green “powder”. Wonderfully done.

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  9. Giulia said:

    Ciao Neel! Thank you very much, I’ve just visited your site, so your words are even more appreciated!! I took this photograph some months ago, so I don’t remember exactly, but since I don’t like using flash (I am really not good in using it) it must be the morning light coming from the nearby window, I’m pratty sure about it!

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  10. Coconut Recipes said:

    Looks delicious!

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  11. les said:

    It’s really interesting how matcha is made and used in Japan
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/impress-your-japanese-girlfriend-with-your-knowlege-of-matcha/

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  12. Eftychia said:

    Delicious dessert! Thanks for sharing.

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