Saturday was a bit of a crappy day. It started off well with a mammoth sleep in until about 11am, but it all started turning pear-shaped when I got a hankering for a good bowl of har mee (Malaysian prawn noodles). I’d heard that Shiok in Chinatown’s Eating World did a good one, so I got up and headed out on a mission.

Apparently, everyone else was also going to Chinatown.

After trying to find parking for an hour, I was starving, and despite Panu’s suggestions to go elsewhere, I was on a mission, and if there’s one thing I’m damn good at, it’s staying on the mission. I don’t give up easily, not when food is concerned, and so with a huge relinquishing sigh, I decided to park in crazy-expensive-Market-City just so I could get my har mee.

We parked and dashed over to Eating World, my mouth literally salivating and I couldn’t wait to get my face in a huge bowl of that broth, a heady mix of pork bones and prawn shells (only an Asian person would be excited by that combination). I dashed to the counter and ordered two. Because no way am I sharing with Panu.

“We don’t have har mee today,” the nice lady said. I decided she wasn’t nice after all, purely by her association with my lack of har mee.


“We don’t have it, and probably none for the next two or three months.”


This cannot be real. I mean, ok, get a grip Cat, ever heard of first world problems? No har mee but a foodhall full of other good food? Yeah, I don’t really care because honestly, I’m not usually a princess but when you mess with my cravings, I Get The Shits.

So, the shits I got. I ordered some other crap and really, it could have been a Shake Shack burger but the mood I was in, everything tasted like cardboard. Ok maybe not a Shake Shack burger, cos that would have been gooooooooooooood. But you know what I mean.

We managed to survive lunch and then had to do battle at Broadway to get parking again. FFS when is someone going to invent teleportation? Anyway, I knew I needed to chill me the fuck out, so I went around collecting ingredients to bake something, because that always chills me out… and so Saturday afternoon saw me baking a blueberry yoghurt cheesecake.

This cheesecake recipe is actually a combination of a handful of recipes. I wanted to use yoghurt to substitute some cream cheese, and also wanted it light and fluffy, thus the eggs and the baking. The result was very light, definitely not a heavy cheesecake so if that’s what you’re after, this is not for you.

In fact it was so light – almost airy – that I didn’t even feel guilty serving it for breakfast 🙂

Speaking of breakfast, we had some people over for breakfast yesterday. One of our guests, Lisa, has awesome baking skills and she brought a real (full cream, guilt-ridden) cheesecake… this enormous raspberry beauty, which I still have 3/4 of sitting in my fridge.

Anyways, I still have my har mee craving. Let’s hope my next mission goes a little better.

Baked blueberry yoghurt cheesecake
200 grams biscuits (I use Digestives), crushed
80 grams unsalted butter (you can use more… if you want it super delicious)

250 grams low fat cream cheese
200 grams natural yoghurt
3/4 cup caster sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
180 grams blueberries (fresh or frozen)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C/355°F.
  2. Crush the biscuits in a large bowl and pour over with melted butter. Mix well.
  3. Press firmly into base of 8-inch spring form cake tin and set in fridge.
  4. Mix cream cheese and caster sugar together until creamy. Add vanilla extract, eggs and yoghurt and mix well.
  5. Stir in blueberries.
  6. Pour filling into cake tin and bake for 60 mins, until firm.
  7. Let cool slowly, in the oven with the door open. When cool, move to fridge.
  8. Serve from fridge, with optional ice cream or berries.
Serves 8-10.

19 Thoughts on “recipe | baked blueberry yoghurt cheesecake

  1. Miss Glutton on November 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm said:

    I love how your recipe uses low fat products, despite the butter :p try Malay Chinese at Hunter St for Har Mee, although I think they only serve it on Saturdays. I think they’re better than some HAr mee in my hometown back in Malaysia.

  2. Hey Catty, your Baked Cheesecake is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win?

  3. aaaw is it hard to make har mee? never had it before so not entirely sure what it looks like ^^”

    i made a cheesecake with my bro last week and it used sooo much cream cheese! going to try out your healthier version 🙂

  4. This looks really good Catty! Baking or cooking always puts me on a better mood, too! I must admit I had never even heard of .. what was that again? …that prawn thing, but I’m sorry to hear you couldn’t find it!Could you make it yourself? Big hugs, miss you! xx

  5. Miss Glutton: Well, it’s not really a lot of butter hehe if I was going to cut down on anything, maybe it would be the sugar. Oh yes, I’ve had it at Hunter St before, it’s good there! Is it only Saturdays though? BOO!!!

    Christine: Thanks!

    Vivian: I don’t think it’s hard it just takes time, cos you gotta boil the pork and prawns etc. My folks have a packet of flavouring they use which is awesome, I should just get that!! Looks like…

    Maria: well it’s one of those things which I could make myself but the effort is too much so I’d rather just go buy one which is yummy, you know? But yeah, I have a couple more places up my sleeve to try before I have to make my own hehehe. I miss you too! What are the chances of us catching up before Christmas???

  6. Oh my this does look exceptionally good Catty! Love the way the mood can be killed it you do not get what you are craving for. Know it only too well ;o)

  7. Whoh! No noodles? I share your pain. What I can’t understand is why it’s off the menu for the next 2-3 months? It’s not like har mee is seasonal. It’s not f-ing asparagus at the end of the day.

  8. Oh dear, I know the feeling when an itch or a craving just can’t be scratched! Yup if any city were to invent teleportation, Sydney and its terrible transport would be it!

  9. When my body craves a certain food, nothing else will suffice. Sadly that also means I can become a little crabby 🙁

    Love the fact you used yoghurt in your recipe, lightness, but also a tang.

  10. It looks so yummy!!!
    I can’t wait to try and make this cheesecake! I’ve been trying to find a cheesecake recipe that’s light and simply 🙂

  11. Good luck with the har mee! I feel your pain! Now lets all forget our troubles with a nice slice (or eight) of baked blueberry yoghurt cheesebake 😉

  12. that sounds delicious.. and I am still looking for good har mee in London. Do you know any?

  13. Meeta: thanks darling! how are you?? Yes, I know all you foodies can relate to the crankiness hehe..

    Mr Noodles: I KNOW RIGHT? No noodles! I dont know WHY they cant make it for 2-3 months, I mean, it just takes prawns and pork FFS. But yeah, that’s what the (not) nice lady said. Maybe they had one special chef who made it and he’s gone travelling. who knows?

    Lorraine: no kidding right? This happened on Saturday, and on Friday night it took Panu 50 minutes (!!) to drive from Broadway to the city. WTF!

    Sara: Yes – the yoghurt is great, I think I’ll use yoghurt from now on, even in unbaked cheesecakes. It’s still creamy, but just lighter!

    Flower: Ah try this and let me know what you think!

    Nic: Haha yeah, somehow even the cheesecake didn’t make me feel that much better! But yes, I have some backup plans for har mee.

    jenny: Ok don’t laugh but seriously, go to the Bloomsbury branch of Hare and Tortoise and get it there, it’s AWESOME. H&T aren’t really great for anything else, but their har mee is brilliant!

  14. I love cheesecake and easy recipes! Looks super tasty…not sure if my version would look as pretty as yours though 🙂

  15. Made a yogurt cheesecake last year and loved it! Mainly coz it was healthy – or healthier anyway! 😉 It was not a baked one though, so will have to try your recipe out…

  16. I hate it when that happens! The cheesecake looks great though.

    …Getting the shits means something rather different here… 😉

  17. foodie cravings: Mine wasn’t as tall as I would like though. It was when it came out of the oven but proceeded to deflate a little… sigh.

    Su-yin: I remember your cheesecake! Passionfruit, right? YUM!

    Lizzie: Hahaha indeed it does. And I don’t mean it that way 😉

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