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Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

Japanese Cheesecake Recipe

When it comes to baking, Japanese recipes might not be the first ones that come to mind. However, Japanese people evidently love desserts, and both traditional and modern Japanese cuisine offer numerous intriguing recipes for unique sweets and cakes. In this post, you'll discover how to bake a Japanese cheesecake and explore variations to try.

How to Make Cheesecake - Light and Crustless

The original recipe for Japanese cheesecake with just three ingredients (it's called "sufure chizu keki" in Japanese) has been slightly modified to make baking worthwhile in larger quantities. The preparation time for this recipe is about 20 minutes. Baking takes an additional 45 minutes, and the cheesecake needs to cool for one to two hours before it's ready to be served.

Recipe for Japanese cheesecake

No. of persons6 personsNo. of persons
Preparation timeca. 20 minutes Preparation time
Total Timeca. 45 minutesTotal Time
Level of difficultyeasyLevel of difficulty
Japanischer Käsekuchen auf Servierplatte mit Himbeeren
List of ingredients
200 g white chocolate
250 g fresh cheese
5 eggs
Kochende Miss Oryoki

Prepare before baking:

  • Mixer, spoon
  • Bowl for the batter
  • Tall container for beating egg whites
  • Double boiler for melting chocolate
  • Cake pan (springform) or baking dish, possibly parchment paper and aluminum foil
  • Butter or margarine for greasing the pan
Step 1

Preheat the oven and prepare the batterAt the beginning of the cake preparation, turn on your oven and set it to a temperature of 175°C (medium heat, without convection). Place a deep baking sheet on the middle rack and fill it with water to a depth of about 2 cm. Now you can start mixing the batter for the cake.

Step 2

Grease the tin with butter or margarine. You can also line it with baking paper so that the cake can be easily removed later. As the tin will later be placed in the oven in a bain-marie, you can seal the outside of the springform pan against the water with aluminum foil. Alternatively, you can use a nice oven dish that is sealed all the way round.

Step 3

Melt the white chocolate in a bain-marie. Make sure that it does not get too hot, otherwise crystals will form.

Step 4

Separate the egg whites and egg yolks. Beat the egg whites to a firm beaten egg white. This works better if you add a pinch of salt or one or two tablespoons of sugar. If you prefer it less sweet, leave out the sugar, as it doesn't really belong in this Japanese recipe.

Step 5

Put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix it with the melted chocolate until everything forms a homogeneous mixture. Then add the egg yolk and mix until smooth. Then fold in the beaten egg whites.

Step 6

Now pour the batter for the Japanese cake into the tin and place it in the bain-marie in the oven. Leave the cake to bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Then turn off the oven and leave the cake to rest in the closed oven for approx. 15 minutes.

Presenting the Cheesecake in Style

Before serving this Japanese dessert, let the cheesecake cool slowly for about one to two hours. It can be dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with fruits like currants, strawberries, or cherries.

If you want to go for a typical Japanese presentation, you could also offer a scoop of matcha ice cream as a topping for this delicious cheesecake. The unique contrast provides an intense flavor experience. The delicate yellow pieces of the cheesecake look great on Japanese tableware. Perhaps you have a stylish sushi plate, elegant blue and white dishes, or exquisite Raku ceramics to serve your Japanese desserts in a sophisticated manner.


Variations for the Japanese Cheesecake:

  • Shape: Muffin tins, loaf pan, or decorative baking molds
  • Use quark or mascarpone instead of cream cheese
  • Use dark chocolate instead of white chocolate
  • Flavor with vanilla or a teaspoon of lemon juice

Japanese Desserts - More Than Just Cake

You may have tried Japanese sweets on a trip to Japan or in a restaurant as a dessert. Mochi tastes delicious as a dessert. These small balls are made from sticky rice flour and filled with various pastes made from Anko beans or fruits. Anko is a typical Japanese ingredient where red beans are cooked until soft and sweetened with sugar. This results in a red bean paste used as a filling in sweet dough pockets or shaped into figures like marzipan. Many recipes use Matcha as an ingredient, providing a perfect contrast with its subtly bitter flavor to sweet cakes. However, unbeatable is the Japanese cheesecake without a crust, which is light, fluffy, and looks fantastic.

Enjoy baking!

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