Making No-Bake Thai Tea Cheesecake is an easy and quick cheesecake recipe with a subtly fragrant, mellow, and creamy Thai tea infusion.
Thai iced tea is getting popular in my place as it is a perfect beverage to drink in hot weather. I decided to buy a pound of Thai tea mix without much thought when I set my eyes on that white and red package at the local supermarket. There is only one brand of Thai tea mix available here, which is Number One Brand. Making your own Thai iced tea is surprisingly easy — just brew, strain, add condensed milk, and voila… it’s ready to be served over ice.
Can you imagine how much a pound of loose tea leaves is in the package? For a cup of Thai iced tea, you need to add about one tablespoon of Thai tea mix. There was still a lot of leftovers, so I decided to do a little experiment on infusing Thai tea with desserts. The result is a light, subtle flavor that offers an interesting change from your normal recipe. More importantly, there is no baking involved.
What is in Thai Tea?
As its name implies, Thai tea originated from Thailand, a country located in Southeast Asia. The tea has an orange color and it is usually sweetened with condensed milk and sugar. The drink is a combination of black tea leaves with other ingredients such as orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed, and other spices. It also has a sweet vanilla aroma to it. The brewed tea color is bright orange as it contains artificial red and yellow food coloring. If it is your first time brewing Thai Tea, please be careful not to spill the tea as the color is so orange and it may stain your clothes and furniture.
Thai Tea vs Cream Cheese
No-Bake Chocolate-Crust Thai Tea Cheesecake was created because I had too much cream cheese sitting in my refrigerator and too much Thai tea mix in my pantry. My kitchen, my inspiration is a great saying in this case. At first, Thai tea might not be a usual choice of flavor for cheesecake but it is one that works remarkably well.
I didn’t really find many references for cheesecake recipes with tea flavor. Most tea cheesecakes use matcha or green tea powder as their combination. I think the main reason tea-infused cheesecake is not that popular because the tea flavor is usually too mild. In short, most tea flavors can not come through strongly enough to overpower the tangy cream cheese.
Previously, I posted my Thai Tea Ice Cream recipe and it surprised me as the infused Thai tea flavor came quite strong compared to other tea flavors. It really inspired me to think that one-day Thai tea might shine after the matcha in the baking category.
More Cheesecake Recipes
While you are here, don’t forget to check out these cheesecake recipes!
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- No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake