When a food critic turns the poison pen on herself

Blueberry cheesecake March 14, 2010

Filed under: All-occasion cakes — crummb @ 11:27 pm
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I’m beginning to wonder if E is really my daughter.

The other day, I gave her a bit of this truly awesome blueberry cheesecake. She twirled it around in her a mouth for a bit, looked nonchalant, and went straight back to watching TV. Like, what?! How can my very own flesh and blood not love cheesecake? What’s worse, I found out today that she has an aversion to all tomato-based food. Give her anything with the tangy taste of tomato and she’ll spit it out. This child is not mine! I demand a maternity test!

Thankfully, my friends have kids. And Ollie, who is 2-1/2 and a self-proclaimed “cake monster”, loved this cheesecake. He and his mamma M came by recently for a playdate with E, but he ended up more entranced by my oven offerings. After polishing off a big slice of this cheesecake, he asked for more – Oliver Twist indeed!

The kid has good taste. This Japanese-style cheesecake is wonderfully light and not too sweet. Instead of being smothered by a blanket of gooey blueberries, it has just a layer of the fruit tucked above the crust. A topping of sour cream offsets the sweetness.

My little fan Ollie is set to come back for more. Since we’re making their playdates a regular thing every Thursday, I’m gonna bake something for him each time. Those of my friends – that includes you, ST subs! – who wanna swing by for dessert are welcome every Thursday around lunch. After all, I love anyone who loves me. Or, at least, loves my cakes.


(Adapted from Keiko Ishida’s Okashi)

65g Digestive biscuits, crushed

25g unsalted butter, melted

220g cream cheese, at room temperature

50g castor sugar

2 egg yolks

1 tablespoon whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

80g canned blueberries, drained and lightly pat dry

130g sour cream

20g icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 170 deg C. Lightly grease a 15-cm round cake pan with a removable base.

2. Combine biscuit crumbs with melted butter and press it down onto the base of the pan. Place pan in fridge to set.

3. Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, whipping cream and vanilla together until smooth (make sure cream cheese is well-softened at room temperature or you’ll get yucky little lumps),

4. Spread blueberries over the biscuit base, pour cream cheese mixture over it and bake for about 30 minutes (check from 20 minutes onwards) until surface is firm and springy to the touch.

5. Take out the pan and increase oven to 200 deg C. Combine sour cream and icing sugar, then heat mixture in microwave oven until it becomes smooth and liquidy. Pour over baked cheesecake and bake for about 2 minutes for sour cream layer to set.

6. Cool cake pan on a wire rack. Cover with cling film and chill in fridge overnight. Run a knife along the edge of the cheesecake to unmold.


14 Responses to “Blueberry cheesecake”

  1. ms Says:

    must it be thurs? yh and i have yoga…. see lah, so healthy for what??!! sad face!

  2. ms Says:

    you’re so sweet! but it’s ok lah, there will always be other opportunities to eat your cakes!

  3. cookie Says:

    Me Me Me, Sheen can skip class on Thu, and I… I report sick lah!

    See we love your cake, err I mean, YOU so much.


  4. Kat Says:

    *desperately starts building a boat to get to singapore for dessert every thursday – mental note: need super duper rocket powered boat or i’ll die of dessert deprivation before i get there*

    hi there!!!
    the cheesecake looks absolutely delicious.. i have taken down the recipe and i’m gonna give it a good go.. you see.. i live with cheesecake monsters, all they ever want is that delicious melt in your mouth cheesecake experience.. here is me ol me asking what they want for dessert and the only answer i get is… cheesecake…and yet knowing what the answer would be i still end up asking in the hopes that they actually want to taste something else i can bake.. this recipe though is looking oh so delish – i love the layer of fruit nestled in between crust and cake.. must try it superfast… cant give dem da same cheesecake everytime the little beasties beg for it… i shall build my cheesecake repertoire and befuddle dem monsties.. they wont know which to choose… besides that.. since building any sort of craft to get me to singapore in time for desserts would take a while.. i may as well attempt to experience the dessert delights from afar…

    love the photo of da cake too… the different layers are mouth watering, rich purple and and golden honey, to the two creamy colours.. gorgeous… makes you want to bite the screen… super duper photography de… yup yup…

    enjoy dem cakies ollie me boy, you are one lucky kid.. and dont forget to lick the plate ey… hee hee..

    lotsa love

  5. Trish Says:

    What a great playdate! Crummb, I’ve seen some proclaimed japanese cheesecakes that are piped into swirls. Can I do that with any cheesecake recipe?

  6. Trish Says:

    this is what i meant. hope it helps.

  7. Sooch Says:

    Yo Mama Crummb!!!! I can’t believe how long I haven’t read your posts!! Blame it all on having babies and then no time in between working and pumping milk. And yet YOU are still baking and blogging. You rock!!! I can so totally see you and your two little girls baking fluffy girly cakes next time.

    Thanks for keeping on posting. At least I get to see nice pics, even if I don’t get to taste any!

    • crummb Says:

      mamma sooch! you emerge!! how have you been?!!! how is the new addition? ya man, talk about pumping milk – i am a slave to my machine! so happy you are back. keep in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jyoan Says:

    It looks REALLY good! I am a great fan to cheesecake, and I’d scrap up every bit of a good one no matter how full or guilty of eating I already am that day.

    After eating quite many, I can really tell from your pic alone if this is going to be good. I wish I could go to your playdate. *Hugs cheesecake*

    PS: I do not own an oven, so I can’t do this. So sad.

  9. Cheesecake Addict Says:

    The recipe seems like it will be yummy!!!!
    The plate shown is soooo Cute. Where did you get it???


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