Basque Style Cheesecake

Basque Style Cheesecake

This is delightful, decadent and delicious and 100% from King Arthur Baking. We added some fruit as a topping which really knocked it out of the park, but their recipe was spot-on.


  • three 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3/4 C heavy cream


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 500°

To prepare the pan: Take two sheets of 16 1/2″ x 12 1/4″ parchment and crumple each into a ball. If you don’t have parchment that size, you’ll need enough to cover roughly a 15” square.

Uncrumple the parchment completely and overlap the two sheets in a cross, pressing them into a 9” springform pan to completely cover the bottom and sides of the pan. The paper won’t lie flush with the sides, but crumpling it first will make fitting it into the pan easier.

Fold the overhanging parchment down over the outside edge of the pan to ensure that the top of the cake remains visible and open to the oven’s heat.

To make the cake: Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment (11-cup capacity is best; see “tips,” below, for alternatives).

Process the batter until it’s smooth and lump-free, about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl about halfway through.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and transfer the pan to the middle rack in the oven.

To bake the cake: Bake the cheesecake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is a deep-dark brown, the edges are just set, and the center is still quite jiggly. A digital thermometer inserted 1″ from the edge and 1″ down should just barely read 185°F. For best results, start checking your cheesecake at the 25-minute mark, and continue to check at 1-minute intervals until the desired doneness is reached. Taking this cheesecake out of the oven at just the right point is critical to its success; see “tips,” below.

Remove the cheesecake from the oven and place it on a rack; cool the cake in the pan to room temperature before slicing. Unmold and serve the cheesecake at room temperature or refrigerate and serve chilled.

Storage information: Store leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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