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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

This is a very famous but traditional cheesecake from the Basque Region in France on the border of Spain. The iconic rich dark surface of the cheesecake is also traditional and despite the "burnt appearance" it has a beautiful caramelised flavour of brown sugar and creme brulee...not burnt at all! Other cheeses like mascarpone can be used but the traditional cheesecake from the Basque Region is made with cheese very similar to Philadelphia.

This cheesecake has veryfew ingredients and is very light as compared to a New York Baked Cheesecake

Give it a try...it really is worth it!

Basque Burnt Cheesecakekg Philadelphia Cream Cheese


1 kg Philadelphia Cream Cheese at room temperature

7 eggs

350gms caster sugar

1 tablesp plain flour

200mls heavy cream.


  1. Preheat oven to 210C

  2. Combine all ingredients using an electric mixer till ingredients are smooth and creamy

  3. Line a 25cm springform pan with baking paper extending past the edges of the pan.

  4. Pour mixture into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake on the centre rack in the oven

  6. Bake for 40 minutes for a "just baked" cheesecake

  7. When the cheesecake is brown and almost burnt looking turn oven off and remove

  8. The centre should still wiggle

  9. Let it cool gradually on the counter

  10. After about one hour place in the refrigerator to finish cooling

  11. Best if left overnight to develop the flavours

  12. Slice when ready to serve

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