Did everyone have a good weekend? Over here, I had one fabulousssss weekend for a squillion reasons, not in the least because it was the first time I got to sleep in in over a month (and yes, you bet I made good use of that) but because a tiny event happened out of the blue and my life is now forever changed.

Saturday actually started remarkably ordinarily with a lazy breakfast at Paper Cup, followed by some shopping in town for a birthday party we went to on Saturday night. But some time in the afternoon, somewhere in Pitt St mall (like, totally just outside of the Nespresso shop, I kid you not) Panu presented me with hands down the sparkliest present I’ve ever received… asked me a teeny tiny question… to which I answered…

“Yes”.

And that is the reason why my weekend was so crazy awesome.

But what has all this got to do with mini passionfruit yoghurt cheesecakes? Nothing really, except that amidst all this excitement, I also managed to make a few of these over the weekend, thanks to wonderful ingredients from Chobani and Passionfruit Australia. Technically, passionfruit is an all-year fruit, but somehow I associate them with summer and was so glad I managed to get some huge, sweet passionfruits before winter descended (which it’s definitely doing).

I also used Chobani’s fat free plain Greek yoghurt which is super smooth and rich, perfect for dessert making with the added benefit of turning your dessert into a “healthy” option.

Gotta love it ;)

Also, thanks to Su-yin’s recipe on Bread et Butter, which I’ve pretty much bastardised to make simpler :)

Mini passionfruit yoghurt cheesecakes
Cheesecake base:
15 original Digestive biscuits, crumbed
100 grams butter, melted

Cheesecake filling:
400 grams natural yoghurt (I used Chobani fat free plain Greek yoghurt)
450 grams cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons bottled passionfruit juice
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup thickened cream
3 teaspoons gelatine powder
3/4 cup sugar

Passionfruit topping:
Flesh of 4 large passionfruits, including seeds (or 5-6 medium passionfruits)
3/4 teaspoon gelatin powder

  1. Line a muffin tray with muffin/cupcake cups.
  2. To make the cheesecake base, crumb the Digestives with a pestle and mortar and place in large bowl. Melt the butter and add to the crumbs. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add between 1 and 2 tablespoons of crumb mixture into each muffin/cupcake cup and gently press onto the bottom. Set aside in fridge.
  4. To make the cheesecake filling, first whisk the yoghurt and passionfruit juice until combined and set aside.
  5. Put the thickened cream in a small saucepan and heat until warm to touch. Sprinkle the gelatin powder and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla essence and beat until fluffy.
  7. Gently fold in the cream, followed by the passionfruit yoghurt mixture and mix until properly incorporated.
  8. Pour the cheesecake filling onto each crust. Refrigerate until set (this can take up to 6 hours).
  9. To make the passionfruit topping, place the flesh of 4-6 passionfruits in a small saucepan. Remove any fibrous portions).
  10. On low heat, sprinkle the gelatin powder and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  11. When cool, spoon some topping over each cheesecake. Refrigerate until set (this can take up to 2 hours).
  12. When ready to serve, remove each cheesecake from the muffin tray and gently pry loose from the cup by running a butter knife along the edge of the cake. I found that the cakes were best served one day after making.
Makes about 16 or 1 8-inch round cheesecake.

25 Thoughts on “recipe | mini passionfruit yoghurt cheesecakes

  1. They look so fresh and vibrant!

  2. Congratulations!! Very exciting news. Well done Panu!

  3. OMG OMG OMG!!! Congratulations hun! I’m so happy for the two of you. So are you taking the tradition or eloping route? :P

  4. Samantha on April 16, 2012 at 11:07 am said:

    OH YAY! So happy for you Cat! Congrats congrats!

  5. Congratulations!! These look so refreshing and delicious!

  6. Congratulations sweetie!! So happy for you both and welcome to the club! ;-)
    Can’t wait to celebrate!! xx

  7. Thank you thank you thank you thank you ALL :D

  8. Congratulations! That is such exciting news :) Love your passionfruit cheesecakes as well, they look so summery and perfect for cheering up this chilly weather we’ve been having

  9. Congratulations! For a small moment, I was wondering just how the hell did Panu manage to get a ring into a cheesecake!

  10. Holy cow, that is AMAZING! So glad and happy for you :) I’ll raise a glass to you both from up here in London town. I bet you are mega excited.

    Oh yes, the passionfruit cheese cake looks ace too. But sparkly pressies and little questions?? Wow.

  11. Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations Catty! I’m SO excited for you! Now you’ll have to show me the ring when we catch up next!

  12. Mark and Chi on April 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm said:

    Wonderful news and congratulations to both of you! :)

    P.s. Oh and the cheesecakes look delicious too ;)

  13. Christine on April 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm said:

    In the words of you…AMAZEBALLS! tee hee hee
    Congrats! Such awesome news & so super happy for you both! :)
    xoxox

  14. O.M.G! Congratulations! That’s a great surprise!

    And I love how you made yummy cheesecake in your excitement!

  15. thanks for all your lovely feedback *shucks*

  16. wow congratulations to both of you!

    passionfruit cheesecake looks so delicious too!

  17. OMG OMG OMG I’m so so so HAPPY for the both of you!!! :) WOW that’s wonderful!!! Somehow I had a feeling that it was going to happen soon :D YAY! have you guys set a date?

    Love this recipe too ~ I got some Chobani yoghurt and have just been eating it :) but now I think I’m gonna try this recipe!

  18. Huge, massive congrats! (I suggest eloping, by the way…)

  19. Woo Hoo! Huge congratulations Catty and Panu – great news. PS the passionfruit cheesecakes look great.

  20. Cindy on May 1, 2012 at 8:21 am said:

    Congrats Catty!! I lurrve your blog and am just catching up on your posts (I too, have been occupied by Mr. IG -_-‘) I’m sitting here at my desk and literally got tears in my eyes reading the awesome news! I am so happy for you girl. :)

    PS- This looks delish! I wish passionfruit was easier to come by here in Canada.

  21. Thank you thank you thank you all :D

  22. I’m so late but congratulations!

  23. Mikki Pinkowski on December 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm said:

    munching cheesecakes is my hobby, i really love eating it.-

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