Homemade Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake With Pistachio

I have always been a fan of green tea, but my addiction for the bitter goodness was heightened when I was kindly sent some high quality matcha powder from my dear friend Laura at Cherishing The Cherry Blossoms. From cookies to lattes, matcha powder can pretty much be incorporated in any sort of food. But after the home oven annoyingly broke, my baking options became limited and I scoured the internet for non-baking, dessert ideas to feed my sweet tooth. Enter my new favourite easy-to-bake green tea cheesecake!

Loosely based on a basic no-bake cheesecake recipe, I created my own green tea version and made small tweaks to the traditional ingredients to give something different and slightly healthier (with a particular emphasis on the ‘slightly’). So here is my matcha green tea cheesecake with pistachio…

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Base:

– A handful of crushed pistachios
– Original Digestive biscuits, crushed (about 5 biscuits fills the base of two ramekins)
– Small nob of butter

Filling:

– Low fat cream cheese (1 standard pack fills two ramekins)
– Icing sugar (as much as you desire to satisfy that sweet tooth)
– One teaspoon of matcha powder dissolved in warm water (about 10-15ml depending on size of cheesecake you intend to make)

Finishing:

– Sifted matcha powder to dust on top

Directions:

I used ramekins for my cheesecakes, as I felt this was the easiest way to control my portions and I think they look good for presentation purposes. But you can use any container you wish.

1. Roast the crushed pistachios in a pan for a few minutes until a little brown. I feel that this helps to bring out the pistachio flavour more intensely. Add the butter and crushed biscuits, then stir until all well combined.

2. Dish the above into the ramekins and press down neatly with a spoon.

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3. Mix the cream cheese and icing sugar together until a well combined mixture forms.

4. Add the dissolved matcha to the filling mixture and mix well. Make sure the match mixture has been dissolved completely before adding to the cream cheese, otherwise you will see lumps of green. The final mixture should be a very pale green colour and still quite thick in texture. If the mixture falls off your whisk or wooden spoon easily then it is too liquid and will not set in the fridge.

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5. Spoon the mixture over the bases in the ramekins and smooth the top

6. Pop the ramekins into the fridge and allow the cheesecakes to set for at least and hour.

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7. When you are ready to eat the cheesecakes, dust some matcha powder over the top just before serving. If you do this before you set the cheesecakes in the fridge, the powder will sink into the filling.

8. Enjoy!

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Have you tried cooking or baking with matcha powder before? Please feel free to share your recipes!

Bedroom Transformation

So after several weeks of manual labour (after surprising myself with my physical strength!) with lots of help from the mother, my bedroom transformation is finally complete! Well, 90% there at least. Barring a few tweaks with light switches, tidying up jewellery storage and framing a few pictures for the wall, I am so happy with the results!

In my last bedroom overhaul update (here) I posted a couple of pictures of inspiration, particularly for the open closet section and in terms of the colour palette I wanted to apply. Given I don’t actually have a walk-in wardrobe (one day…) I wasn’t sure how this open closet concept would work and whether it would make my bedroom look more like a store room by having all my clothes ‘on-show’. And since I already had fitted wardrobes, the biggest battle was re-arranging storage. But I am so glad I went ahead with the idea. Strangely, although there’s now a huge custom wardrobe in the room, the new composition and layout seems to make the bedroom much more open.

I am now pleased to share my before and after photos with you all! Of course, if money was no question I’d also strip out the carpet, change the doors, add intriguing vintage ornaments of some sort… but I think I did the best job I could on a budget! I am still yet to sort out the shelf next to the wardrobe and also the shabby cupboard under the noticeboard, but once I get round to all those finishing touches, I will share those photos too. If you have any lovely ideas, please feel free to share them!

Before… A mixture of everything accumulated since the age of 7. The keep, donate and bin process started…

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After…

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There are actually more bags stuffed and hidden at the back!

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It is weird to feel satisfied at the look of neatly folded trousers??

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Practical and cheap: an accessories hanger from Ikea…

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A vintage-inspired worn frame from good old TK Maxx…

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Some tins I have yet to find any fundamental use for. But they look pretty and they’re from Paris!

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Re-using a dusty pink shoe box to create different height levels and displaying other objects. I don’t actually use the Miss Dior Cherie perfume anymore, but it’s too pretty to throw away… I also love my lucky Mulberry bird randomly perched on the end!

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These shelves have been sitting in a mess for weeks now! But the aim is to have one shelve dedicated to jewellery and the next just for beauty products. Next point of action: de-tangling jewellery nightmare…

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Another set of practical and cheap buys: velcro show boxes from Ikea. Although you will need to bear in mind that any pair of heels taller than 3 inches will not fit upright inside.

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Temporary window sill display… Ralph Lauren Home fragrance diffuser and a ceramic gift token.

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What’s on my bedside cabinet…

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Cute dish (from Ikea again) for those everyday bits and bobs…

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New chandelier from BHS…

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Two shelves that need further organisation and thought…

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about this project, if you are doing something similar, please share your link and I would love to have a look!

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Bedroom & Closet Overhaul

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One of my key projects for the new year was to finally get round to revamping my bedroom, which up until now, has not had an update since I was in high school. And after only 3 weekends of:

1. Going through my entire wardrobe and sorting clothes into: ‘Keep’, ‘Sell’, ‘Charity’ and ‘Bin’
2. Clearing and organising all my shoes under my bed (and hours of much needed hoovering under there!)
3. Painting all four walls a new pale, dove grey colour
4. And, partially building a new custom-wardrobe

I cannot wait to get to the furnishings and decoration! Here are just a few things from my Pinterest board I’ve been using to log my inspirations…

thecoveture inspiration songofstyle inspiration pinterest board

I also read recently on Superficial Girls blog here some really useful tips on how to get started if you too are thinking of doing a bedroom/closet/wardrobe overhaul. One thing I will add when sorting through the clothes is to be firm and brutal – if it feels like a ‘maybe’, throw it out!

I find cupcakesandcashmere.com a great place for home decor ideas and generally everything from Aimee on songofstyle.com! I will be sure to share final before and after transformation pictures of my bedroom soon!