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Editor's Picks: 15 Sensational Burnt Basque Cheesecakes You Can Order This Weekend

This irresistible dessert proves you can break all the rules and still be a winner

In San Sebastián, Spain there is a bar called La Viña where people from all over the world line up (at least they did before the pandemic) for the chance to have a slice of a burnt-looking, rustic dessert that we now call the Burnt Basque Cheesecake. 


Created by La Viña’s chef, Santiago Rivera, this cheesecake is rebel that breaks all the rules. It’s crustless and cooked in extremely high heat to produce a beautiful golden brown exterior that's crisp enough to act as ‘crust.’ The interior remains underbaked and oozy, with a sweet creamy texture that’s akin to custard. From the first moment it was served at La Viña, it caused a sensation. 


Everything about this cheesecake works, albeit counterintuitively. Even it’s cracked, burnt appearance is beautiful. 


A major trend that became ubiquitous during quarantine, burnt Basque cheesecakes are now so popular that you can find them everywhere in Manila. The question is, how do you choose a good one? Let us help you. 



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Lead photo credits:  @ilovebizu,  @workshop_ph,  @fabulousbakerboboy,  @basque.mnl,  @inthemoodforbaking,  @kayegarcia13, and  @wisteria7242