Basque Cheesecake is a crustless cheesecake that is cooked at very high heat. This results in its rustic appearance with cracked edges and an almost burnt surface.
This recipe was invented and made famous by Santiago Rivera, owner of San Sebastian Pintxos Café La Viña 29 years ago and the world is now going crazy for it!
So we had to give this recipe a go. After researching many recipes, we think we found the best results for the perfect Basque Cheesecake. What we love about this cheesecake is it has no crust, and it’s super quick to prepare. With a kilo of cream cheese, plus sugar, eggs and cream, this recipe is definitely worthy to be the new kid on the block.
1 kg cream cheese, room temperature
1½ cups sugar
6 large free-range eggs
500ml / 2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup cake flour / all-purpose flour
Place a rack in the middle of oven; preheat to 180C / 350F fan assisted. Line the pan with 2 overlapping sheets of baking paper in your 25-26cm spring form baking tin, making sure the paper comes at least 5cm above the top of the pan on all sides. Because the paper needs to be pleated and creased in some areas to fit in the pan, you won’t end up with a clean, smooth outer edge to the cake; that’s okay! Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-low speed, scraping downsides of the bowl, until very smooth, no lumps remain, and sugar has dissolved about 2 minutes.
Increase the speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, beating each egg for 15 seconds before adding the next. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then reduce the mixer speed to medium-low. Add cream, salt, and vanilla and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
Turn off the mixer and sift flour evenly over cream cheese mixture. Beat on low speed until incorporated, about 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to beat until batter is very smooth, homogenous, and silky about 10 seconds.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake cheesecake until deeply golden brown on top and still very jiggly in the centre, 1.5 hours to 1 hour 45 minutes.
Let cool slightly (it will fall drastically as it cools), then unmold. Let cool completely. Carefully peel away the parchment from sides of cheesecake. Using a knife that you have dipped into hot water and wiped dry (if you want a clean edge), slice into wedges and serve at room temperature, preferably with a glass of sherry alongside.
Use a 25cm – 26cm (10 “) springform baking tin
recipe: Bon Appetit