This is one of my favourite baked cheesecake recipes. It has a crunchy hazelnut base, a layer of black sesame filling, a layer of green tea filling, a green tea powder on top and it doesn’t feel very rich like some cheesecakes are. I’m so glad I found this recipe on Oh Sweet Day, who has some amazing looking recipes that I can’t wait to try too.
Green Tea & Black Sesame Cheesecake (by Oh Sweet Day)
Makes: One 8-inch Cake
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Passive Time: 1 hour plus overnight
Hazelnut Shortbread Crust
150g Hazelnuts, Toasted
85g Unsalted Butter (Cold), Cubed
125g Plain Flour
75g Caster Sugar
3/4 tsp Salt
Green Tea & Black Sesame Cheesecake
450g Cream Cheese, Softened
210ml Sour Cream, Room Temperature
180g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
4 tbsp Matcha Green Tea Powder (27g)
45g Black Sesame Powder
1. Preheat oven to 175°C. Grease and line an 8-inch spring form pan.
2. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and then add to the food processor.
3. Place the unsalted butter, plain flour, caster sugar and salt into the food processor with the hazelnuts. Blend until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
4. Place the crust mixture into the lined spring form pan and press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan so it is all combined. Bake the crust for 15 to 18 minutes or until just browned. Set aside to cool. Turn the oven temperature down to 145°C.
5. In a standing mixer, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, caster sugar, vanilla extra until combined.
6. Add in the eggs one at a time. Mixing until just combined before adding the next egg. Blend for another 2 minutes until well combined.
7. Divide the batter into two equal portions. Add two tablespoons of the matcha green tea powder to one and black sesame powder to the other. Mix until well combined.
8. Pour the black sesame batter into the pan. Then pour the green tea batter on top.
9. Position the rack in the centre of the oven and place the cheesecake on it. In a shallow pan, fill it with water and place it on the lower rack in the oven. Bake for an hour, or until the edges of the cheesecake are puffed but the centre is wobbly and wet looking. Turn off the oven with the door slightly ajar and leave the cheesecake in the oven to cool completely. This may take at least an hour. Remove from the oven and chill in the fridge overnight.
10. Dust the remaining matcha green tea powder on top of the cheesecake just before serving.
Indochine on Carrington Road is a popular eatery in Box Hill serving an array of authentic Vietnamese dishes. You might be surprised to know that there are quite a number of Vietnamese restaurants in Box Hill such as the recently renovated Pho Huong Viet, Tien Dat, Pho 888, Tan Tan and the new kid on the block, Miss Saigon. Having tried a majority of these, nothing seems to compare to what you may come across in the Vietnamese hubs like Springvale, Richmond or Footscray.
The pho at Indochine is a mixed bag, while the broth is one of the better ones in Box Hill, it’s served at such a lukewarm temperature that you’d rather have a slightly poorer tasting Pho than order this again.
Having been disappointed in the tomato rice dishes in Richmond, I finally found a great one. It’s on par with what I ordered in Springvale. The tomato rice is fried nicely, not too wet and not too dry and cooked with scrambled egg. The crispy chicken at Indochine is also pretty tasty, crispy skin and maybe just slightly over cooked chicken. Served with a slice of lemon and extra salt, which I find you won’t really need anyway.
Come to Indochine for their tasty Vietnamese food but maybe not for their pho.
51 Carrington Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
This recipe for Passionfruit Meringue Tarts is one of my favourites. I absolutely love the slight acidity and tartness of passionfruits while the flavour of the passionfruits being so bold and refreshing. The pastry also as this lovely butteriness to it with a hint of orange zest. You also can’t go wrong with fluffy charred meringue on top, now can you? The recipe was a combination of a few recipes and tweaked slightly so thank you to Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie for the Passionfruit Curd recipe, Jo The Tart Queen for the pastry and The Tasty Bite Blog for the Italian Meringue!
Passionfruit Curd Tarts
Makes: 14 Mini Tarts
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Passive Time: 8 hours
205g Passionfruit Pulp
30ml Lemon Juice (Optional)
100g Caster Sugar
190g Unsalted Butter, Cubed
2 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
250g Plain Flour, Sifted
125g Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature and Cubed
100g Caster Sugar
60g Egg (Roughly One Large Egg)
1 tsp Orange Zest
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Egg Whites
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
140g Caster Sugar
30g Toasted Coconut Flakes (Optional)
1. Stir together the passionfruit pulp, caster sugar, butter and eggs in a heatproof bowl. Add in the lemon juice if you find the curd isn’t as acidic as you would like.
2. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the surface of the water. Stir for 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
3. Pour into a bowl, and cover the surface of the curd with cling film so that the curd doesn’t form a skin when it cools.
4. Place in the fridge until slightly set, about 2 hours or overnight.
5. In a food processor, combine the butter, plain flour and caster sugar until it forms breadcrumbs like texture.
6. Add in the zest, eggs and vanilla extract into a food processor. Pulse until it the ingredients all come together.
7. Take out the dough from the food processor and roll out the dough into a flat disk. Cling wrap the dough and place it in the fridge to rest for at least 20 minutes.
8. Dust flour over the dough and with a rolling pin, roll the dough out to around 3mm thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out a small circle and then place onto a mini muffin tray and gently press together so it holds its shape.
9. Gently prick the dough with a fork and then rest the dough in the tray for around 15 minutes before baking.
10. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
11. Place a sheet of crumbled baking paper over the top of each tart shell and add in a few baking weights or uncooked rice/beans. Make sure you don’t add in too many as it can make the base of your tart uneven if it’s too heavy.
12. Blind bake the tart shells in the oven for around 20 minutes. Take the tarts out of the oven and remove the baking weights and baking paper, and place back into the oven for around 5 minutes or until the tarts are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before filling.
13. Fill the cooled tart shells with the cooled and set curd. Chill the filled tarts in the fridge for at least 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Serve with a sprinkling of flaked coconuts or pipe Italian meringue on the tarts before serving.
14. Place the caster sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
15. While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form.
16. Bring to a boil until a candy thermometer registers 120°C, around 5 minutes then take off the heat.
17. Gradually add the syrup in a small stream into the egg white mixture and beat until the mixing bowl is cool to touch, around 7 minutes. The mixture should be thick and glossy.
18. Place the meringue mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled filled tarts. Lightly brown with a blowtorch and serve.
Ikkoryu Fukuoka is located underground on Russell St in Melbourne’s CBD. Close to Flinders St station, it is one of the many Japanese ramen restaurants around Melbourne so certainly each ramen store has to entice diners somehow. Its menu offerings are similar to Hakata Gensuke and Ramen Bankara where you select your variation of the Tonkotsu broth, and choose from add ons such as sliced pork, seaweed and eggs and you are able to choose how you want your noodles to be cooked, whether that’d be soft, hard or in between . What makes this place a bit more special is that each diner has their own menu to write their choices and you include your name on this as well. So when your meal comes to you it’s on a name basis which I find to be a nice change to what is normally a very methodical ordering process.
Ikkoryu Fukuoka’s Chef selection is their Yuzu Tonkotsu which is green in colour. It’s an interesting broth, you can definitely taste the citric flavour of the Yuzu. I find it quite different to the usual more meatier broths like the standard Tonkotsu or the Miso Tonkotsu and I’m not entirely sure I’d choose it again but I’m glad I tried it anyway.
Warning though, if you do choose the Spicy Tobanjan Tonkotsu and pick level 3, it’s ridiculously spicy and I actually couldn’t eat it all because it was that spicy and I can usually take heat relatively well.
Their Chips and Wasabi is like those wonton wrappers deep fried with a creamy wasabi dipping on the side. It’s nice and crunchy, and the wasabi taste comes through well so it’s great for wasabi fans.
Ikkoryu Fukuoka has a premium feel to it, and it is certainly reflected in the pricing as well. Their ramen is decent, but I would have liked a few more broth choices instead of just Tonkotsu.
Basement of 27 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
I grew up drinking Milo and sometimes as a kid I’d just eat a spoonful of the stuff. I love the crunchiness and malt chocolate taste of it. It also goes great as a topping on a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Though I haven’t yet tried making Milo Ice Cream, the next best option was to make a Milo Panna Cotta. I love the smoothness of this dessert, and you can definitely taste the Milo which I was happy about. It’s also pretty easy to make, the hardest part is waiting for it to set!
Milo Panna Cotta (adapted from Nestlé Milo)
Makes: 4 -8 servings
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Passive Time: 2-4 hrs
375ml Whipping Cream
90ml Skim Milk
20ml Boiling Water
40g Caster Sugar
60g Milo Powder
1/2 tbsp Gelatin Powder
Extra Milo Powder for topping
1. Add the 15ml of water to the gelatin powder and set aside for around 5 minutes to soften up.
2. In another small bowl, add the milo powder and then pour in the boiling water and mix until it forms a smooth paste.
3. Combine the caster sugar, skim milk and cream in a saucespan and bring to boil.
4. Add the Milo paste to the cream mixture and whisk until combined.
5. Take off from the heat, and then add the soften gelatin to the mixture and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
6. Sieve the mixture to remove any undissolved Milo.
7. Pour the mixture into pudding moulds and allow the Panna Cotta to set in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours.
8. Serve with a teaspoon of Milo powder on top.