I’ve been recently obsessed with using silken tofu in my desserts – its taste is so subtle and light, yet sufficiently gives the dessert a distinctive flavour. Also, silken tofu adds to the smoothness and creaminess that we all crave in any cheesecakes. Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of cheesecakes, as I often find them too heavy and rich, but I totally fell for this one.Now the other half of this super creation; I know, I know, Matcha desserts are EVERYWHERE now, but there is a reason for that right? To start, I must mention that the earthy bitterness of (good quality) matcha powder acts as the perfect counterpoint of the classic cheesecake taste. Along with the coconut oil mixed nuts base (instead of the more common buttery biscuit base), you get layer upon layer of complementary flavours that in no way overpower one another. Give it a go, and thank me later *smirk*.
For the cake:
- 250g cream cheese
- 200g icing sugar
- 300g silken tofu (remove all the water in the packaging, and use a kitchen towel to further soak up any tofu’s remaining water content)
- 250g plain yogurt
- 70ml milk
- 14g gelatin powder
- 70ml room temperature water
- 1 tsp vanilla
For the base:
- 60g coconut oil
- 320g mixed nuts (I used pecans, almonds, and macadamia)
For the coconut mixed nuts base:
- Line an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Ground the nuts in a food processor or blender into a semi-fine texture with some crunch left.
- Add the coconut oil. Mix well.
- Evenly distribute the mixture on the bottom of the pan and press with a spoon until the base is even and firm. Set aside.
For the cheesecake:
- Using an electric mixer or a whisk, cream icing sugar and cream cheese in a mixing bowl until the mixture becomes completely smooth and pale.
- Add tofu, yogurt, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Remove any lumps in the mixture by pressing it through a sieve into another bowl.
*as the mixture is quite thick at this point, you may need a spoon to help press it through*
- Mix gelatin powder with water in a small bowl. Slowly melt the gelatin by placing the bowl in a hot water bath; alternatively, you can microwave the gelatin-water mixture for 15-20 seconds.
- Add the gelatin-water mixture to the sifted cake batter. Stir well.
- Carefully pour the batter into the pan over the base. Let the cake set in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
- Remove the cake from the pan. Sprinkle sifted matcha powder generously on the cake. Enjoy!