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Creamy slice of burnt basque cake on plate with glasses of sherry in background

San Sebastian Cheesecake Recipe

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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cooling Time: 4 hours
    • Cook Time: 55 minutes
    • Category: Dessert
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: Basque


  • 32 ounces (900 grams) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1.5 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ⅔ cups (400 ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Line a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan with parchment paper, leaving several inches (5 cm) overhang at the top.*
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat the room temperature cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
  5. Pour in the heavy cream and salt. Reduce mixer speed to low and continue beating until combined.
  6. Sift the flour into the batter and mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 55-65 minutes.* The edges will be set, but the center should still jiggle.
  8. Let the cheesecake sit for 4 hours at room temperature, then unmold and enjoy or cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.


Parchment Paper: To make the parchment paper more pliable and easier to work with, you can sprinkle a bit of water on it and then crinkle it into a ball. Uncrinkle and let dry before lining the pan. Pleat the parchment paper where needed to fit the pan. Use two overlapping pieces of parchment paper if one isn’t large enough.

Cheesecake Temperature: If you’re not sure if your cheesecake is done cooking, you can check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer. The middle of the cheesecake should be at about 155°F (68°C).

Storing: This cheesecake can be wrapped in plastic or transfered to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 600.41
  • Sugar: 34.56g
  • Sodium: 380.18mg
  • Fat: 47.23g
  • Saturated Fat: 27.96g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14.70g
  • Trans Fat: 1.55g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.34g
  • Fiber: 0.04g
  • Protein: 9.33g
  • Cholesterol: 210.14mg