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Burnt Basque Cheesecake Recipe

Lauren Aloise
This easy burnt Basque cheesecake recipe comes from the Devour Tours cookbook and is based on the original version served at La Viña in San Sebastián.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8 slices
Calories 765.72 kcal


  • 1 kg 2.2 lbs Philadelphia cream cheese (you can also sub any other cream cheese, such as mascarpone)
  • 7 eggs
  • 400 g 2 cups sugar (for a slightly less sweet cheesecake use only 300-350g (1.5 to 1.75 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 200 ml 6.5 fl oz or 4/5 cup heavy cream


  • Preheat the oven to 410°F (210°C).
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk or a metal spoon (the classic La Viña way!) combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Line a 10 inch (25 cm) springform pan or round baking pan with enough wax or parchment paper that it extends past the edges of the pan. This will help you remove the cheesecake from the pan later on, and will prevent it from sticking. You can use a smaller pan for a higher cheesecake but may need to bake longer so that the center isn't too runny.
  • Bake on the center rack for 35-50 minutes. The cake will rise quite a bit but don't worry -- it will settle when it’s out of the oven. I like my cheesecake just cooked through, so I generally bake 40 minutes and if it isn't quite burnt enough on top I turn the heat up for another minute or two, being careful it doesn't burn too much! If you like the center very runny, remove at 35 minutes.
  • When the cake is brown and almost burnt looking, turn the oven off. The center shouldn’t be completely set. It will wiggle a lot when you move the pan (like Jello!)
  • Let it start to cool gradually by leaving it out on the counter. After an hour or so, move the cake to the fridge to cool completely.
  • After a few hours, your cheesecake should be chilled enough to cut. Don’t remove the cake from the parchment paper until it’s ready to be cut, plated, and devoured (as it can start to lose its shape).
  • Enjoy with a sweet glass of Pedro Jimenez sherry -- just like on our tours!


Calories: 765.72kcalCarbohydrates: 56.77gProtein: 12.86gFat: 55.72gSaturated Fat: 31.08gCholesterol: 314.97mgSodium: 465.94mgPotassium: 244.38mgSugar: 54.09gVitamin A: 2254.15IUVitamin C: 0.15mgCalcium: 160.31mgIron: 1.22mg
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