Simple Blueberry Basque Cheesecake.
The prettiest simple Blueberry Basque Cheesecake. Just what your Tuesday needs. Inspired by the Basque region of France, this cheesecake has a flaky puff pastry crust surrounding the creamy cheesecake filling. Its deep brown top has cracks all around for an old-world look. Sprinkle fresh summer blueberries over top to complete. It’s really not like any other cheesecake you’ve had before. It’s flaky on the outside, but creamy, rich, and bursting with sweet blueberries inside. Bonus? This is the easiest cheesecake to make and (almost) impossible to mess up.
Hey, hi and hello! I’m here to sweeten up your Tuesday and help everyone have fun along the way!
The cheesiest line, but so true. As I often say, Tuesdays can tend to be a bit boring. I always find it nice to share a recipe that can make a Tuesday afternoon/night just a little more special.
Enter this cheesecake.
It’s not traditional by any means. But it’s deeply inspired by the Basque Burnt Cheesecake that I’ve seen all over Instagram this past year. It’s certainly the “trendy” cheesecake of the moment, and with good reason. It’s easy, pretty dang hard to mess up, and beyond delicious.
A little back story on the Basque Burnt Cheesecake. It originated in French Basque Country. It’s traditionally a crustless cheesecake made with a whole lot of cream cheese and eggs. The real difference is that it’s baked at a higher temperature than a more traditional cheesecake. This helps it to get a deep dark brown “burnt” exterior, while still maintaining a super creamy, almost custard-like interior.
I think what everyone loves most about this style of cheesecake is that it’s no fuss. Meaning, it’s OK that is looks burnt, and it’s OK that the top has cracks throughout. The more imperfect looking the better.
Kind of nice, right?
(berries sitting on top of batter before baking)
(cake in pan after baking)
So there’s your backstory, now onto this cheesecake. It’s similar but different, and again, not a classic Basque Burnt Cheesecake. It’s more of a cross between a flaky custard-like, creamy cheesecake, and a berry-filled cheesecake. Really, it’s just kind of all things delicious.
But yet still simple and easy.
And yes, I did have a very hard time naming this recipe. But in the end, I kept it short and sweet, which is unlike me, but I was at a loss…
I went back and forth between cheesecake and custard cake, but cheesecake seemed more fitting.
Serious question, after reading the recipe and my description, what would you call this cake?
The first step is the puff pastry. I’m not sure what inspired me to incorporate this, but I’m so glad I did. The pastry adds a flaky layer that’s a really nice offset to all the creaminess going on inside the cake.
Just line a springform pan with the puff pastry and that’s that. No need to pre-bake or do anything fancy.
And now that cheesecake filling. I kept this pretty similar to the Basque Cheesecake, using cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and cream. I like to add vanilla for flavor, and a touch of salt to help balance the richness from the cream cheese. It’s really, really simple and basic, but yet still really, really delicious.
Kind of sweet, kind of salty.
Once the cheesecake filling has been poured into the crust, sprinkle on all the fresh blueberries. I’m talking about an entire two cups. You want this cake bursting with blueberries. It’s what makes the cake extra delicious…at least it does for me.
All that’s left is to finish with a light sprinkle of sugar and bake.
Honestly, the baking is the hardest step. You have to wait an entire hour…which yes, means your oven is on for an entire hour. I’m kind of sorry, but kind of not. Honestly, it’s worth the extra heat in the kitchen, and the smells are simply amazing!
Once the cake has cooled, you can slice and serve dusted with a little powdered sugar. This is best to serve at room temperature. You can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a few days.
And that’s it. Every bite is a little flaky, has creamy cheesecake, and is bursting with fresh blueberries. This simple Blueberry Basque Cheesecake is every bit as delicious as it sounds.
A great Tuesday night baking project, don’t you think?
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Simple Blueberry Basque Cheesecake
Flaky puff pastry crust surrounding a creamy cheesecake filling and topped with fresh summer blueberries.
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- granulated sugar and confectionerś sugar, for dusting (optional)
1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch spring-form pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
2. Gently roll the puff pastry out on a clean surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Press the pastry inside the pan and up the sides of the pan. It is OK if the pastry does not go all the way up the pan (see above photos). Transfer to the fridge and chill while you prepare the batter.
3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl until very smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time until the eggs are fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then reduce the mixer speed to medium-low. Add cream, vanilla, and salt, and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
3. Sift the flour into the batter, then beat again to combine, about 30 seconds. Pour the batter into the prepared pastry-lined pan. Gently sprinkle the blueberries over the batter, some will sink. Gently fold the corners the pastry over the berries. Sprinkle the top of the cake with 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 55-65 minutes, until deeply golden brown on top and still very jiggly in the center. Let the cake cool 5 minutes, then unmold. Let cool completely. Slice into wedges and serve at room temperature or chilled. I like room temp best.
*Cheesecake base adapted from Bon Appétit.
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