Last Updated: April 26, 2020
Basque burnt cheesecakes have been trending since 2019, and ever since I got my first taste of it—embarrassingly late to the trend—I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more.
But with the current extended ‘Circuit Breaker’ situation and tighter regulations for F&B outlets, it’s a little difficult to get a slice of this luscious, creamy cheesecake. Most bakeries that are still open offer take-away or delivery, but why not try to replicate this sweet treat?
So, for today’s recipe, we’ll be making our very own Basque burnt cheesecake, using an air fryer! Yes, it means you can make this recipe even if you don’t have an oven at home.
Preparation time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 25 minutes
Feeds four to five
Step 1: Using a blender, blend all the ingredients until they have a smooth texture. I find that beating the eggs beforehand helps to keep the mixture more even. You can check the texture by scooping a little of the mixture with a spoon and pouring it back. There shouldn’t be any lumps.
Alternatively, put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend till smooth with a whisk.
Step 2: Pour the blended mixture into a 6-inch baking tray. I didn’t grease the tray, which made it difficult to cut a slice afterwards without nicking the top of the cake.
Step 3: Put the baking tray into the air fryer.
Step 4: Set the air fryer to 180°C, and bake for 25 minutes. As it’s baking, try to resist the increasingly mouth-watering fragrance wafting from the air fryer. It might be tempting to open the air fryer to check on your cake as the baking fragrance intensifies, but don’t!
Step 5: Set the cake aside to cool, then refrigerate before enjoying. You can even have it with a scoop of ice cream, if you like.
And there you have it, your very own Basque burnt cheesecake! It’s definitely creamy and rich, though there wasn’t much of the smoky flavour. If you’re making it on your own, you can consider leaving it in the air fryer for just a minute or two more—though I can’t guarantee that this won’t mess up the jiggly texture of the cheesecake.
Although I’m sure this can’t beat the better-known bakeries that serve up burnt cheesecake, this is a quick and easy way to get your cheesecake fix without leaving the house.
Who knew you could bake a cake using an air fryer? You can even experiment with adding more flavour to your Basque burnt cheesecake. The next time I make this recipe, I just might add a dash of matcha powder for a matcha burnt cheesecake. Or go local, and try MILO powder instead.
If you’ve caught the burnt cheesecake bug like me, try out this recipe to satiate your cravings. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to polish off the rest of my cake.
Expected Damage: S$8 – S$10 for the whole cake