It’s the contrarian in me, but I must admit, I love a recipe that’s meant to go wrong. Flawed by design, it tells you right in the title that it won’t turn out according to standard procedure. Burnt Basque Cheesecake has been high on my list for just that reason. Baking to golden brown perfection is not the goal here: You want to push it further, right over the edge of the cliff into dark, smoldering, ashes.
Okay, the results aren’t that dire, but the top is definitely edging into “blackened” territory, which I usually take as a euphemism for being exceedingly overcooked. It’s a good thing, in this case, to stand back and watch the world burn- Or at least, the contents of your springform pan. That darkly lacquered surface contains volumes of flavor, intense and arresting, like the slightly bitter edge to properly caramelized sugar. It takes the bite out of strong sweetness, creating harmonious balance throughout the dessert.
Inside lies soft, tender custard, gently tangy like any proper cheesecake filling. If anything, the extreme external heat keeps the center even more pillow-like, cooking it to the bare minimum necessary to set and slice. It’s not a classic beauty, but quite possibly the best kind of cheesecake, for those who care more about flavor than shallow aesthetics.
Don’t be afraid to turn up the heat and immolate your hard work in that fiery oven. This particular baptism by fire isn’t a painful lesson to learn.
- 1 (8-Ounce) Package Vegan Cream Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Aquafaba
- 2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper (Optional)
- Preheat your oven to the 450 degrees and line a 6-inch springform pan with at least 2.5-inch sides with parchment paper or foil. Lightly grease and set aside.
- Place all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth. Pause to scrape down the sides of the canister as needed, making sure that everything is fully incorporated.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan and gently tap it on the counter to release any large air bubbles.
- Place the pan in the oven on the top rack and bake until the top is dark, just shy of turning black; 28 - 30 minutes. It should still be very loose and jiggly in the center at this point. Turn on the broiler to high, and broil for an additional 10 minutes to push it over the edge of fully blackened darkness all across the surface.
- Cool completely before transferring to the fridge. Chill overnight, or for at least 8 hours before slicing and serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
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