"Burnt" Basque Cheesecake – Geedel

"Burnt" Basque Cheesecake

Basque Cheesecake

The 'burnt' Basque cheesecake is made by baking the cheesecake in a very hot oven, giving it a beautiful, dark exterior filled with a bittersweet flavor that complements the creamy, light interior. This "burnt" cheesecake method deserves all the hype and is easy to make—just remember the parchment paper.


1 tablespoon soft unsalted butter, or as needed

parchment paper

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon fine salt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

4 jumbo eggs, at room temperature

1 ¼ cups heavy cream



Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Step 2

Butter a 9-inch cake pan. Cut a sheet of parchment paper large enough to line the inside of the pan by a few extra inches. Butter the paper and press it into the pan, flattening any major creases. Trim away any excess paper from the sides until you have an inch or two of overhang.

Step 3

Combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt in Geedel hand food chopper; whisk with whisking paddle attachment until very smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and 1 egg; continue to beat to combine. Add remaining eggs, one at a time. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth.

Step 4

Pour batter into the prepared pan. Tap the pan against the counter to burst any excess air bubbles.


Step 5

Bake in the preheated oven until puffed, very well browned, and nearly burned on the edges, 50 to 55 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for the last 10 minutes.

Step 6

Let cheesecake cool to room temperature, at least 25 minutes. Lift out onto a plate and peel back parchment paper, using a knife or spatula if needed. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, 4 hours to overnight.

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