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Easy Spanish Cheesecake Recipe

When you hear the word cheesecake, the first thing you imagine is likely the classic American cheesecake, with a base of cookies and red berries on top. 

After you read this article, the Spanish cheesecake will be the first image you have. This cake, also known as basque cheesecake, is one of the most popular dessert recipes for all Spaniards. 

Something that makes it stand out is that you can eat it throughout the year, and at any time of the day, so it is perfect.

Decadent Spanish Cheesecake Recipe

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This Spanish cheesecake is a great option if you want to prepare a birthday cake and you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen – with some simple decoration you will have a cheesecake everybody will love.

Keep scrolling down as we will show you how to make this Spanish cheesecake recipe, and some extra tips to nail this recipe, as well as some storing and serving tricks.

Background of the Dish

spanish cheesecake recipe

This cheesecake or Tarta de Queso is a type of cake that has been around for quite a few years.

It became more popular in recent years thanks to the professional chef Santiago Rivera started selling it in one of the most exclusive places in Spain.

It is also known as the San Sebastian cheesecake due to the fact that the city is the center of its popularity, but this cake is already adored in all parts of the world.

This Spanish cake doesn’t have the typical cookie crust, and the cream cheese is the true star of the dish since it is a little less sweet than the typical cheesecake.

The cake is left to cook until it has a burnt appearance (hence the name burnt cheesecake), which makes it stand out.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Cheesecake

If you plan to do this burnt basque cheesecake recipe let me tell you that it is a fantastic idea since you only need a couple of ingredients and almost no equipment.

Only with eggs, cream cheese, sugar, and cream you can make this tasty cheesecake that will make everyone ask for the recipe.  

Anyway, there are different replacements that you can make and I will tell you about them later.

basque cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (1 kg) cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups (400 g) sugar
  • 2 cups (500ml) cream
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon flour

How to Make Spanish Cheesecake – Step by Step Guide

burnt cheesecake
  1. The first step in making this Spanish cheesecake is to preheat your oven to 230C or 210C with a fan. (450F)
  2. To start making the burnt cheesecake recipe all you have to do is to mix the cream cheese with sugar and cream. The secret to a perfect cheesecake is to mix the ingredients very well until there are no lumps.
  3. After you’ve mixed the cream cheese, add the eggs one by one and mix well after each egg. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is well incorporated and add a tablespoon of flour.
  4. After that, pour the mixture into a round cake mold covered with parchment paper.
  5. Cook the Spanish Cheesecake for 45 minutes in an oven at 200 degrees Celsius (450F).
  6. Once that time goes by, let it cool until the basque cake reaches room temperature and take it out from the mold.
  7. Store in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.

Substitution of Ingredients

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There are hundreds of replacements that you can make to the ingredients if you want to follow this tasty cheesecake. 

This leaves you plenty of room to add new ingredients or replace some according to your tastes and diet.

For example, you can make this burnt basque cheesecake gluten-free by using a tablespoon of cornstarch or gluten-free flour. 

Remember that this spoonful of some type of flour is essential since it will help the Spanish Cheesecake to stay.

You can also take inspiration from other Spanish desserts, which mostly contain almonds or some kind of nut. 

You can cut and toast nuts and toss them on top to give them a new texture. You can also pour a little jam from your favorite fruit, to give it another flavor.

You have a lot of options when it comes to this cheesecake since you can combine it with almost everything – blueberries, Oreos, lemon, or even Nutella.

If you are interested in trying other Spanish desserts, we recommend you try the Spanish flan recipe, Spanish Rice Pudding, and the delicious apple empanada recipe.

Tips on Serving Spanish Cheesecake

basque cheesecake recipe

This Spanish Cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts in all of Spain because it is easy to make and you can eat it at any time. 

You can have it for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or for dessert. You can also make this cheesecake recipe as a birthday cake for your loved ones.

Simply put a significant amount of whipped cream on top of your cheesecake, and decorate it with fresh fruits of your choice, chunks of chocolate chip cookies.

Let your imagination run free with the cheesecake decoration and of course, don’t forget about the candles and there you have it – a simple and luscious Spanish cheesecake for your loved ones.

If you follow this basque cheesecake recipe, you will see that it doesn’t call for topping, but you can add some. 

For example, some fresh strawberries go really well with it, or even some chopped nuts and Spanish hot chocolate. 

How to Store Spanish Cheesecake

How to Store Spanish Cheesecake

As you can see, the basque cake recipe is really simple to make, but there are some tricks when it comes to storing process. 

The best thing you can do is to store it in a covered container in your fridge for up to 4 days. 

Contrary to what happens with other Hispanic desserts, this Spanish cheesecake shouldn’t be stored in the freezer. 

This is because the texture is greatly altered if you freeze it, and even the taste of the cake can be negatively affected.

Recipe Card: Spanish Cheesecake

Yield: 12

Spanish Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake

When you hear the word cheesecake, the first thing you imagine is likely the classic American cheesecake, with a base of cookies and red berries on top.

After you read this article, the Spanish Cheesecake will be the first image you have.

This cake, also known as basque cheesecake, is one of the most popular dessert recipes for all Spaniards.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (1 kg) cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups (400 g) sugar
  • 2 cups (500ml) cream
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. The first step in making this Spanish cheesecake is to preheat your oven to 230C or 210C with a fan. (450F)
  2. To start making the burnt cheesecake recipe all you have to do is to mix the cream cheese with sugar and cream. The secret to a perfect cheesecake is to mix the ingredients very well until there are no lumps.
  3. After you've mixed the cream cheese, add the eggs one by one and mix well after each egg. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is well incorporated and add a tablespoon of flour.
  4. After that, pour the mixture into a round cake mold covered with parchment paper.
  5. Cook the Spanish Cheesecake for 45 minutes in an oven at 200 degrees Celsius (450F).
  6. Once that time goes by, let it cool until the basque cake reaches room temperature and take it out from the mold.
  7. Store in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.

Notes

If you want to you can add some flavorings to the basque burnt cheesecake.

For example, you can add a splash of vanilla extract, or some people even add one teaspoon of their favorite liquor to add another flavor.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 444Total Fat 31.7gSaturated Fat 19.2gCholesterol 188mgSodium 278mgCarbohydrates 33.2gSugar 30.3gProtein 9.5g

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