Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Basque Burnt CheesecakeSan Sebastian is the place where the now very famous Basque Burnt Cheesecake is from and it seems that with each year, this only gets more famous and popular. Have you tried Basque Burnt Cheesecake friends? Let me know are your thoughts on this in the comments below!

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If there’s an It crowd of dishes that is seemingly being made by people everywhere then this cheesecake is it! For good reason too because this is just so simple and for such little effort it yields such incredible results.

Why you’ll love this

It’s foolproof

If cheesecake isn’t something you’ve made before then this is a wonderful place to start as it’s incredibly simple and you need to burn it for the best results!

That burnt exterior!

The burnt exterior is effectively caramelized giving the ‘crust’ this flavor that binds beautifully with the rest of the cheesecake in a way you just don’t get with any other cake like this.

The creamy interior

A great cheesecake should have a slightly creamy interior and this one is luxurious and addictive in that you’ll want another piece!

A great make ahead

This is best served chilled so you can easily make this several hours or even the day prior and this will taste so good people will likely crave another slice several days later.

IMG 0557(pp w768 h512)Ingredients and substitutions for Basque Burnt Cheesecake

  • Cream cheese: The core of our creamy cheesecake is room temperature cream cheese, this helps give us a light cheesecake that is easy to mix until smooth.
  • Sugar: The best sugar here is superfine or caster which helps dissolve into the cream cheese during whipping. You could half and half the sugar with raw sugar or light brown sugar and caster sugar, as I do not recommend substituting a completely different type of sugar in this cheesecake.
  • Salt: Balancing out the sweet and adding a depth of flavor, sea or kosher salt works well here.
  • Eggs: As well as adding structure to the pudding, the eggs will bind everything together so are essential.
  • Cream: Heavy cream is used here to help thicken and smooth out that batter and give that cake it’s smooth texture.
  • Flour: Only a small amount is needed here to help set your cheesecake, though you could substitute with cornstarch to make this gluten free.

Equipment needed to make this

Greaseproof paper: Lining your tin will make getting this cheesecake out a breeze!

Mixing bowl: A medium to large mixing bowl is needed to whip up this cake.

Hand or stand mixer: To whip the cake to create a smooth batter, though this can be done by hand.

Sieve: Sifting the flour helps ensure it is easier to fold into the cheesecake batter.

Springform tin: A springform tin helps you get the cooled cake out easily before peeling those layers of greaseproof paper. This cake is best baked in a 25cm or 10 inch tin.

FAQ’s for the best Burnt Basque Cheesecake

What is the difference between Basque cheesecake and regular cheesecake?

Basque Burnt Cheesecake has a deeply caramelized burnt exterior unlike a New York style cheesecake that is lightly golden on top. It also requires no water bath. It is from the Basque region of Spain, specifically San Sebastian, a city in the northern part of the country.

What if my Basque cheesecake doesn’t look burnt properly by the time baking time is finished?

This is a problem that crops up with this cake, especially if your oven doesn’t have a consistent temperature throughout. If the cheesecake is still jiggly in the center, you can continue baking at the same temperature for a further 10-15 minutes until truly golden, if it is still somewhat jiggly and only a little golden you could bake for a further 5 minutes and place under the grill to develop that deep color.

What is the liquid weight of the eggs and cream?

The large eggs weigh between 63-67 grams each or 2.22-2.36 ounces and the heavy cream weighs 480 grams or 16.93 ounces.

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basque cheesecake recipeBasque Burnt Cheesecake
Adapted from Tasting Table
Serves 12

Ingredients:
1 kilo / 2.25 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
350 grams / 1 3/4 cups superfine/caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs
480 milliliters / 2 cups heavy cream
30 grams / 3 1/4 tablespoons plain flour

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a springform cake tin with two layers of greaseproof paper ensuring the paper comes outside the tin at least 2 inches.

Place the cream cheese and sugar into a bowl and beat on low until well combined and smooth, approximately 3 minutes.

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Add the salt and beat until just combined.

Add 1 egg and beat on medium until combined, approximately 30 seconds.

Repeat with each egg and combining and mixing until the batter is smooth.

IMG 0562(pp w768 h512)Pour in the heavy cream and beat on medium until smooth and combined, approximately 3 minutes.

Sift in the flour and fold through until smooth and fully incorporated.

IMG 0568(pp w768 h512)Pour the batter into your prepared cake tin and smooth out on top.

Place in the oven to bake until truly golden, approximately 50 minutes.

IMG 0578(pp w768 h512)Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Slice and serve.

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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

Probably the easiest of cheesecakes with it’s caramelized exterior and creamy interior make Basque Burnt Cheesecake memorable for a reason!


Ingredients

Scale

1 kilo / 2.25 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
350 grams / 1 3/4 cups superfine/caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs
480 milliliters / 2 cups heavy cream
30 grams / 3 1/4 tablespoons plain flour


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F and line a springform cake tin with two layers of greaseproof paper ensuring the paper comes outside the tin at least 2 inches.
  • Place the cream cheese and sugar into a bowl and beat on low until well combined and smooth, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add the salt and beat until just combined.
  • Add 1 egg and beat on medium until combined, approximately 30 seconds.
  • Repeat with each egg and combining and mixing until the batter is smooth.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and beat on medium until smooth and combined, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Sift in the flour and fold through until smooth and fully incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared cake tin and smooth out on top.
  • Place in the oven to bake until truly golden, approximately 50 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Slice and serve.

Notes

Adapted from Tasting Table


Nutrition

  • Calories: 578 calories per serve
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