Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Chai Cheesecake

I go through phases of loving chai tea, and then... not so much.
Right now, though, I'm in a loving phase.
It might last a while because I've come out of a looong, chai-free spell.
 I gave it up during pregnancy. Nothing to do with the caffeine or exotic spices. No, it was the fragrance. It nauseated me. Anything perfumed did, including my own deodorised body. Tricky that. (Overshare??)
And olfactory memories are so intense that it took me a while to shake off those scent-triggers.
But, at last I'm cured (and plan to stay that way!)
So, let's celebrate with a particularly deliciously decadent chai share.

Chai Cheesecake
Recipe by Tea, Cake and Create

Grease a 20-24cm round springform pan
Tip - turn the base of the springform pan upside down before clipping in place - it makes removing the cheesecake easier.

300g butter biscuits , crushed
100g flaked almonds (plus extra for garnishing)
120g melted butter

Mix the ingredients together and press into the base of a round springform cake pan.
Cover with cling wrap and place in the freezer for 30min.

Preheat the oven to 150'C

320g white chocolate
500g (2x250g tubs) cream cheese at room temperature
250ml cream (for a lighter texture substitute with buttermilk)
100g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chai spices

{Chai spices
2tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cardamon      
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg}

Melt the chocolate. Stir in the chai spices and set aside to cool a little.

Beat the cream cheese and caster sugar together until smooth.
With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs 1 at a time; scrape down the bowl between additions.
Pour in the cream and vanilla.
Beat well.
Pour the cooled chocolate and chai spices into the mixture. Beat briefly.

Pour onto the chilled base.

Bake in a water bath* for approx.1 hour  at 150'C. Leave in the oven, with the door slightly ajar, to cool. (See comments below on how to know when a cheesecake is cooked).

* For the water bath, use a roasting pan at least 4-5 cm larger than the springform pan with enough boiling water in it to come a couple of centimetres up the side of the springform pan.

White chocolate ganache.

150g white chocolate
50ml cream (35-40%fat content)

Melt the cream and chocolate together in the microwave (in 30sec bursts, stirring in between) or in a double boiler.

Pour over the top of the cheesecake.
Sprinkle with flaked almonds.

Chill for 4 hours or overnight before serving.




  1. Hi,
    recipe looks interesting, thanks. I'd like to give it a bash but can you tell me how much chocolate I need to melt to add the chai spices to? How much goes in the cake?
    and do i add all the chai spice, or make the "mixture" but only add a teaspoon or two to the cake?

  2. Hi, Mark
    Thank you for asking - it brought the omission to my attention!
    I have amended the recipe. It is 320g white chocolate. Add all the spices to the melted chocolate; use all the spiced chocolate in the cheesecake.
    I hope that's clearer now!


  3. Hi Marina,
    Thanks so much for your reply. I tried the cake and found the taste absolutely divine. Only, I think i didn't bake it for long enough - it came out a little moussey. Can you give me an indication of how to tell when it's done? (please)

    1. Hi, again Mark : )
      I'm glad you enjoyed the taste of this cheesecake!
      Yes, it can be tricky to tell if a cheesecake is done:
      At the end of the cooking time, gentle shake the cheesecake - only a small area in the centre should jiggle. (That area will set during the cooling and chilling time.) If the surface is still very wobbly, then add 10minutes onto the cooking time, and check again after that. (Don't remove the cheesecake from the oven when you're doing this.)
      I cool cheesecakes in the oven with the door slightly ajar because my oven stays very hot for a long time with the door closed. But if your oven cools reasonably rapidly, then leave the door closed at the end of the cooking time.
      Hope that helps!