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Burnt Basque Cheesecake


The Burnt Basque Cheesecake is the antihero of cheesecake recipes – burnt, caramelised brown, and still oh-so-yummy! (Did I mention it’s also super easy to make?)


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  1. Preheat oven to 395 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan, and line with a buttered sheet of parchment paper (ensure that the parchment rises at least 2-inches above the pan on all sides).
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium-low, beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until very smooth. (Make sure to scrape down all the cheese stuck to the sides of the bowl!)
  3. Increase speed to medium, and add eggs – one at a time. Add cream, salt, and vanilla extract; beat until completely combined. Add flour and beat on low-speed until completely combined, and the batter is smooth. 
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes. It should have golden-brown top, but still be quite jiggly in the centre when it’s time to remove.
  5. Remove from the oven, and allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature – it’s natural for it to deflate from its puffed appearance! Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!


Pro Tip – Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet. (A little leakage is always a possibility given how fluid this batter is.)

Pro Tip – Increase the oven temperature to 420 degrees F for the last 10 minutes of baking to give it a little extra oomph!

While you can get by with a standard baking dish, I really recommend using a springform pan for this recipe. When I first tested this recipe, I did so using a standard pan – when I tried to use the parchment to create a papery airlift, the cheesecake broke (cheesecakes, by their very nature, are fairly delicate after all). And I would hate for that to happen to you!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: Burnt Basque Cheesecake, Basque Cheesecake, Cheesecake Recipes

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