Classic Basque cheesecake

Creamy and soft on the inside, caramelised on the outside.
Basque cheesecakeJohn Paul Urizar

It’s counterintuitive, but the beauty of this cake is that it’s burnt! It has a sweet, cheesy, custardy interior with a caramelised, smoky crust. It’s a riff on the classic from the Basque region of Spain.

Made with cream cheese, Greek-style yoghurt and fresh oranges, this Basque cheesecake recipe is a fabulous dessert that takes an hour to bake.

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This crustless cheesecake is all about the flavour contrast between the creamy interior and the distinctively dark exterior.



1.Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan. Cut 2 x 40cm sheets of baking paper. Grease a 24cm springform pan. Lay the sheets of baking paper slightly overlapping, extending about 3cm above the edge of the pan. Use a 22cm plate to hold down the paper while making the filling.
2.Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla paste on medium-high for 5 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
3.Gradually add eggs; beat until smooth. Beat in sifted cornflour then the yoghurt and cream.
4.Strain the mixture through a coarse sieve into a bowl.
5.Remove plate holding down the paper; pour mixture into prepared pan and place on an oven tray. Bake for 50 minutes or until the top is dark brown and the filling is just set, with a slight wobble.
6.Cool in the oven with door ajar until completely cold.
7.Combine orange slices in a serving dish. Pour over warmed marmalade, then toss gently. Serve with cheesecake.

It’s important to cool the cheesecake in the oven with the door ajar until completely cold so it doesn’t crack and sink. The cheesecake is best eaten at room temperature and will need about three hours of cooling time, If doing a day ahead, remove from the fridge an hour before serving.


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