Basque Cheesecake (tarta de queso) is a light and delicious burnt cheesecake. A creamy custard cheesecake that offers a buttery caramel flavor in each bite. This crustless cheesecake is one you will love to try out!
The thought of a burnt cheesecake might not sound tasty, but trust me, this creamy cheesecake is incredible.
The mystery-looking burnt top is what adds the sweet taste of caramel and molasses with every bite. Mix those delicious flavors with the vanilla flavoring from the filling and you will be sure to wow your family and friends. This is different than traditional cheesecakes in terms of the flavor. This burnt basque cheesecake recipe is one I love to make around Valentine’s Day or for special occasions as it is such a delicious baked cheesecake.
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This cheesecake was first created in Spain with a few different tweaks from your typical cheesecake which is what makes this Basque cheesecake mysterious to the eye. In the Basque region of Spain, you will find San Sebastian created the original recipe that has now become the basque country where this is a regular cheesecake you can get your hands on.
Tweaks like using flour as its thickening agent and cooking at such a high temperature are what help this cheesecake become something you have never tasted before.
Basque Cheesecake is.
- Perfect for a dinner party, Valentine’s Day night in, or a special occasion where you want a unique dessert.
- Simple and easy to make with easy steps to follow.
- Different than a classic cheesecake in terms of flavor. It is a thick and velvety cream cheese mixture that is baked to perfection.
- Simple ingredients that you might already have on hand in your pantry.
- A delicious creamy dessert that is even better with fresh berries or even a drizzle of chocolate on top. Try my foolproof recipe today.
- Can be made a gluten-free basque cheesecake (swap to gluten-free baking blend) if you need to adjust the ingredients for dietary needs.
- Cream Cheese
- Large Eggs
- Heavy Cream
- All Purpose Flour
- Vanilla Extract
How to Make
Full directions on how to make basque cheesecake are in the printable recipe card. This is a visual walkthrough on how to make it.
Step 1: First preheat oven to 400F, and prep your cheesecake pan. I used a springform pan. Make sure that you place some parchment paper inside so you can easily remove your cheesecake once fully cooked.
Step 2: Then using a stand mixer and the paddle attachment combine softened cream cheese and sugar and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
Step 3: Next, add one egg at a time to the cream cheese and sugar mixture. Once all eggs are added mix for one minute. Mix until it is combined.
Step 4: Gradually add in your heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Be sure to stop and scrape the sides of the mixing bowl a couple of times during this step using a spatula.
Step 5: Next sift flour add to the wet mixture and beat until everything is fully combined. Be careful to not overbeat the mixture. The mixture should be smooth and free of lumps.
Step 6: Grease the bottom and the sides of the baking pan with butter. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper as well as the edges.
Step 7: Then pour batter into the pan. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth out the top if needed.
Step 8: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is dark brown or dark golden brown.
Step 9: Lastly allow to cool to room temperature before serving.
Also, try my cinnamon roll cheesecake recipe as well! It is so delicious.
You can make the cheesecake up to 1-2 days ahead of needing to serve it.
Need to speed up the softened cream cheese? Microwave for 20 seconds at 50% power. Stir, and then repeat until the cream cheese is just softened. You do not want the cream cheese to melt.
Use room-temperature cream cheese to make mixing easier.
Your oven may cook faster than others, check cheesecake for around 50 minutes. If it is not burnt looking keep cooking for 5-minute increments at a time.
Vanilla is going to really bring out tons of flavor in the cheesecake. If you have it use real vanilla.
- Replace plain flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make this cheesecake gluten-free.
- Try making mini cheesecakes in a cupcake pan.
- Use whipping cream instead of heaving cream.
- Omit salt if you use salted butter.
Serving your basque burnt cheesecake
This cheesecake is the perfect balance of sweetness and offers a creamy texture when you bite into it. You can serve the cheesecake warm, or refrigerate overnight. You will find that allowing the cheesecake to cool in the fridge offers a creamy center but know it tastes just as delicious warm.
Drizzle on some caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, fresh berries or other fruit, whipped cream, etc. The outer edge of the cheesecake has that caramelized flavor that is honestly insane in terms of flavor. Then you have that velvety custard-like center.
Cracks form as the cheesecake cools. While the cheesecake cools it starts to contract but still in the pan the cheesecake edges are still stuck to the side this causes the cracks to form.
To not have your cheesecake crack you can take it out of the oven a few minutes before time is up but you risk it being not cooked thoroughly.
Another thing is running a knife all around the batter, to help remove any air pockets that are trapped inside the cheesecake. As it bakes the air rises, and causes cracks.
This burnt Basque cheesecake has no need for any fruit or whipped cream topping. It is delicious without anything added to the cheesecake. Once you have the first bite you will understand why!
Your Basque burnt cheesecake can be frozen. Be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing in the freezer. But note that this cheesecake can only be stored for up to a month in the freezer.
Be sure your Basque Spanish cheesecake has been cooling to room temperature for at least two hours from removing from the pan.
Just simply grab the parchment paper and pull up and place on a plate. You can then leave it on the parchment paper on the plate or you can gently pull the parchment paper from underneath the cheesecake.
This cheesecake does use flour, but you can swap with a gluten free flour blend. You need the flour to be the thickening agent.
Since there is no crust on basque cheesecake you need the parchment to hold the shape of the cheesecake as it bakes.
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Basque Cheesecake Recipe
- 10 inch springform pan
Basque Cheesecake Ingredients
- 3 block cream cheese room temperature
- 5-6 large eggs room temperature (the more egg you use, the richer cheesecake will be)
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream room temperature
- ½ cup all purpose flour sifted
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Extra butter soften, to grease the pan
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then you will add a layer of butter to pan to grease then line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer, add your softened cream cheese and sugar and bean on medium-low speed for around a minute. Then add in the eggs one at a time, making sure to incorporate.
- Then you will add in the heavy cream, salt, and vanilla, mixing as you do, scraping down the sides.
- Add in the sifted flour, and mix just until it is incorporated. Don’t overmix the batter. You want the batter to be creamy and no lumps.
- Pour int othe pan, and then place the cheesecake in the oven and bake 45-50 minutes or until the top of the cheesecake is dark golden brown.
- Once done, remove and allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator.
- Slice and serve this Basque cheesecake anytime.