Gastronomy & Wine

“Burnt” Basque cheesecake became a world dessert hit in 2019 – 2021!

From Michelin star kitchens to home ovens, this predecessor of New York’s cheesecake has earned worldwide adoration and popularity. It is cooked at a high temperature so that its top burns and cracks a little, turning into a burnt caramel color – though, it is almost impossible to overcook it.

The simplicity of the cooking technique added to its popularity among chefs. And besides, the taste is absolutely delicious – the dark brown crust adds a hint of bitterness to counter the sweet curd below.

The burnt Basque cheesecake (in Spanish – tarta de queso vasco) was created in 1990 by the chef  Santiago Rivera from the La Viña bar in San Sebastian (, where there is still a queue for it and it must be ordered in advance.

The recipe is simple:

1 kg cream cheese, 500 ml cream, 5 large eggs, 350 g icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of plain flour – bake at 200 ° C for 50 minutes.

The Basque cheesecake wave has overtaken the world, and it is featured in key food publications from New York to Tokyo with restaurateurs continuing to incorporate it into menus or create restaurants based on it.

Below are some restaurants in Barcelona where you can try this world famous dessert:

Fismuler:  Carrer Rec Comtal, 17

Jon Cake: Carrer dels Assaonadors 29

Matcha Basque cheesecake. Pick up and delivery available.

CHiS & KEiK: Carrer de Cornet i Mas, 53

By the way, the Barcelona culinary school Espaisucre recently launched an online course on cheesecakes). Visit them for details:


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