Chai Cheesecake

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Since I have been in a “chai mood” lately, I thought it could be good in cheesecake too. I took my recipe for amaretto cheesecake and spiced it up. I swapped in a ginger snap crust too and I am quite pleased with the result.

Spice Infusion:
1/2 cup of water
1/3 of a cinnamon stick
8 green cardamom pods
6 cloves
6 peppercorns
1/2 star anise
5 chai tea bags

Add the spices to the water and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or so. Add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Cool.

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Crust:
300 grams of gingersnaps, crushed (about 3 cups)
7 Tbsp. of butter, melted

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Mixed crushed gingersnaps with melted butter and press into a 9″ springform pan. Bake 5-10 minutes and set aside.

Filling:
2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
spice infusion from above
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. allspice
4 eggs

Combine the cheese, sugar and cornstarch. Mix until smooth. Add the sour cream, vanilla, spice infusion, spices, and salt. On low speed of mixer, add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour batter over crust. Bake 60 minutes. Cool.

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To serve, sift icing sugar and cinnamon over the top. Add candied ginger as garnish if you wish.

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