San Sebastian Cheesecake

San Sebastian Cheesecake

San Sebastian Cheesecake, also known as "Basque Burnt Cheesecake," is a delicious and unique dessert known for its creamy interior and caramelised exterior. Here's a simple recipe for you to try:


  • 500g (2 cups) cream cheese(Philadelphia), softened
  • 200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 300ml (1 1/4 cups) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Parchment paper


  1. Preheat Oven:

    • Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F).
  2. Prepare the Pan:

    • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form cake pan with butter.
    • Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang to make it easier to lift the cheesecake later.
  3. Make the Batter:

    • In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
    • Add sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
    • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
    • Pour in the heavy cream and vanilla extract, and mix until smooth.
    • Sift in the flour and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  4. Bake:

    • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the top is deeply golden and the centre is just set. The edges will be slightly burnt, which is characteristic of this cake.
  5. Cooling:

    • Allow the cheesecake to cool in the pan for about 20-30 minutes.
    • Transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best texture.
  6. Serve:

    • Once chilled, remove the cheesecake from the pan using the parchment paper overhang.
    • Slice and serve at room temperature. The centre will be creamy, and the exterior will have a burnt, caramelised crust.

This recipe? It's an absolute favourite of mine! The San Sebastian Cheesecake, with its creamy inside and that burnt, caramelised charm, is pure magic. Give it a go—it might just become your favourite too! 

Happy baking!

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