Spiced Chai Cheesecake

Spiced Chai Cheesecake (Instant Pot)
  • 1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs, finely ground
  • 2 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 16 oz full fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup full fat greek yogurt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant masala chai powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
Sour Cream Topping (optional):
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • dusting of cinnamon (optional)
  1. Line a 7” push-bottom cake pan with a parchment paper round and grease the sides of the pan with butter. In a small bowl mix together cookie crumbs and melted butter. Spread crust mixture in the bottom of the pan and press down firmly and evenly. Place the pan into the freezer while mixing up the filling ingredients.

  2. While the crust is chilling, mix the cream cheese in a large bowl until soft and smooth. If the cream cheese isn’t soft enough to mix easily with a spoon, heat in the microwave for 10 second intervals until it is very soft and easy to stir.
  3. Add the yogurt, sugar, chai powder and salt. Mix until smooth and lump free. Add the egg yolks and whole egg one at a time. Stir after each addition just until they are mixed in. Do not beat or over-mix.

  4. Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the chilled crust and tap the pan on the counter several times to release any air bubbles. Cover the pan tightly with foil.

  5. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of water to the inner pot. Place the cheesecake on the steam rack/trivet and lower into the pot using the handles.
  6. Lock the lid and set the steam release valve to the sealing position. Select Pressure Cook (Loand set the cook time for 40 minutes. (this produces a very creamy mousse-like cheesecake texture. Increase the pressure level to High for a denser cheesecake)
  7. Once the cook time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  8. Allow the cheesecake to cool uncovered, on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  9. Optional step: In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and sweetener and whisk until smooth. Spread the mixture over the cheesecake in an even layer.

  10. Cover and transfer the cheesecake to the refrigerator to chill at least 8 hours (ideally chill for 18-24 hours). Remove the cake from the pan and discard the parchment paper liner.
  11. Just before serving dust the top of the cheesecake with a bit of cinnamon, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you are making this cheesecake in a 6″ pan, increase the the cook time to 45 minutes.

A 6″ round pan fits perfectly in a Mini 3qt Instant Pot! Since there is little room to spare, be sure place a foil sling around your pan to make it easier to put in and remove from the inner pot.

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