This Keto Burnt Basque Cheesecake is so creamy and rich, and it’s absolutely impossible to mess up. The caramelized top and sides of this low carb cheesecake are unmistakeable.
Ready to become a seriously trendy foodie? Burnt Basque Cheesecake is THE hot new dessert, and you have got to make this keto version!
And yes, it’s supposed to look like that. It’s meant to be cracked and sunken, with a deep brown outer skin. The benefit of this somewhat ugly, plain-looking cheesecake is that you really can’t mess it up.
A cheesecake that you deliberately over-beat and over-bake? That you don’t care about rising and falling and cracking? Sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it.
But oh my heavens, it is good. Ugly food for the win!
Keto burnt basque cheesecake inspiration
Let’s be clear, you all have my husband, Tim, to thank for this keto cheesecake deliciousness. So let’s all say it together: Thank you, Tim!
He saw a write up in Portland Monthly and shoved the magazine under my nose, asking me to make it keto friendly. The article did not have a recipe, so I did some quick research online.
One look at the ingredients, and I was on board. As it has no crust, Burnt Basque Cheesecake is extremely low carb – a perfect dessert for the keto diet.
I found two conventional recipes that appealed, since they were simple in method, and both made smaller, 6-inch cakes. I took the best tips from both No Recipes and Buttermilk Pantry, while also giving it my own little sugar-free, keto twist.
How to make keto burnt basque cheesecake
Those of you who have struggled with baked cheesecakes in the past are going to love this easy recipe. You can almost do no wrong here, since it’s supposed to be browned and even a little cracked.
That doesn’t mean you don’t still have to watch it in the oven! Here are my tips for getting it right:
- You must line that pan with parchment paper. Lots of parchment, so that there is plenty of paper coming up over the sides of the pan for easy removal.
- I used both Swerve and BochaSweet for a slightly softer filling, but you can used just Swerve if you prefer. It won’t make too much of a difference.
- Blending the mixture in a food processor made it simpler, although I did find I had to constantly scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl so I didn’t end up with any cream cheese lumps. But a good blender or a mixer will work well too. You don’t have to worry about overbeating this cheesecake!
- Room temperature ingredients, always. How often do I say this? Well you should know by now, it makes for a much smoother filling.
- Jack up that temp to a blistering 450F. Most cheesecake is baked at 300F or so, but this one wants to get all browned on the top. It helps caramelize the natural sugars in the cream cheese and cream.
- Let it come to room temperature after baking, then refrigerate for a few hours for that super dense, creamy quality.
Can you make burnt basque cheesecake ahead?
This is a perfect keto cheesecake for making a day in advance, because of its unique dense quality. I honestly think I enjoyed it more the second day.
Wrap the cheesecake up tightly, and it’s good for up to 4 or 5 days in the fridge. Store any leftovers wrapped up tightly as well.
How to serve keto burnt basque cheesecake?
This is a glorious cheesecake on its own or served with a few fresh berries. I also made some of my Keto Caramel Sauce and drizzled that over a slice.
It would also be fantastic with some keto fudge sauce, or this amazing pecan praline sauce. Man, I wish I’d thought of that at the time!
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Burnt Basque Cheesecake
- 6-inch round metal cake pan
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- ⅓ cup BochaSweet (can do additional Swerve)
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- ⅓ cup heavy cream room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ tablespoon coconut flour
- Preheat the oven to 450F and line a 6-inch cake pan with parchment paper so that the parchment sticks up above the sides of the pan.
- Place the cream cheese and sweeteners in a food processor and blend until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the food processor as needed.
- Add the heavy cream and vanilla and blend until smooth, then add the coconut flour and blend until combined. Again be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the food processor bowl so there are not unblended chunks.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the top is a rich golden brown and the center just jiggles slightly.
- Remove and let cool 1 hour, then transfer to the fridge until completely chilled, about 2 more hours.
- Remove from the pan by lifting out with the parchment edges.
I made this Burnt Basque Cheesecake over the Memorial Day Weekend, and I was so pleased. I can’t wait to make another one. I used a few Strawberries on the top, but next time I will make the Keto Caramel topping that was suggested. This was a winner!
So glad you liked it!
Will Spencer says
This truly is a simple and delicious recipe! I am the only “Keto Guy” in our family but ALL of my family members ate it and thought it was one of the best cheesecakes they had ever had!
Carolyn – you are changing our lives!
can I use a springform pan?
Yes, but I would still line it with parchment.
Melissa L. says
Years ago I had cheesecake in a department store restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. It was amazing in that it was so thick that it actually “crumbled.” I have been looking for a recipe for something similar to what I had there (I had to use hot tea to get it to “melt” enough to comfortably swallow each bite). Any ideas?
Sorry, never heard of it.
Fabulous ! super easy and delicious…I had make it many times already! never disappoint.
This a certainly a keeper. The only sugar I had was monk fruit with erythritol, so I used that and it turned out perfect. The recipe is easy to follow and the results are perfect. My 6” baking pan is pretty low so I made a collar with heavy duty foil and placed the parchment paper inside. Worked like a charm.
I’m planning on swirling a keto cranberry sauce in the cheesecake, any recommendations?
Loyce Clark says
Best cheesecake EVER! My non keto friends request it!
I have looooved this cheesecake long before it became “viral” and now that I’m low-carb I’m so thankful to have come across your recipe. So easy yet spot on! The hardest part was finding a suitable pan as I don’t have a 6-inch. But my aluminum jello mold worked just fine! And the best part? It’s the perfect size to bake in the air fryer. 25mins was all it took for a mouth-watering cheesecake. Thank you!!
Anne Marie says
My favorite cheesecake in the world! This was absolutely delicious! This is my first BochaSweet recipe and I love the flavor! Thanks, Carolyn!
Would it be okay to use the granular Swerve sugar instead of powdered?
You can but it may be a bit more gritty after it’s chilled for a long time.
Jill Rothwein says
So easy! So delicious! So Keto! What could be better than that! Thank you again Carolyn!
6 inch pan sounds really small for the quantity of cream cheese. You mean 6 inch diameter?
Yup, 6 inches across. Diameter is how you measure baking pans. And it works, trust me.
Thought so, thanks.
Marie Charlotte Tamayo says
Hello, Carolyn! Could you tell me what would be the measurement if using either powdered stevia extract or powdered erythritol or mixed?
Thanks a lot and I love your recipes! =)
No, I really can’t. Because stevia varies brand to brand and also I didn’t try that out on this recipe. You will need to experiment, I think.
I made it today and used Purevia stevia (whole earth)- I usually half the swerve quantites in this case. So I powdered 60g for 8 servings, and added 50g for the Bocha sweet part -I don’ t have Bocha sweet… also we don’t like too sweet desserts and thon worked just fine.
Lucy Baringolts says
Hi Carolyn, do you have a recipe for 8 or 9 -inch pan?
I don’t but it’s easy to adjust. Find an online calculator to measure the area of an 8 inch circle and a 6 inch circle. Then figure out how much you need to scale up the recipe. I suspect it will be close to 1.2 to 2 times.
Is it ok if I don’t put any of the sweeteners at all?
I guess! I’ve never tried it that way.
Amanda Lampkin says
Is there any other flour to use, as it is only a tablespoon, the coconut flour makes it coco nutty even at 1 and a half table spoons.
What brand of coconut flour are you using? because this tiny amount should not make it flavored at all.
Sandhya Jain says
I don’t have Bocha sweet..what is its advantage over other powdered sweeteners?
Please read the How To section.
I haven’t made this yet… I love cheesecake but my husband does not. I’ll need to serve when we have company or eat it myself over a few days 😉
What exactly do you mean by “wrap the cheesecake up tightly’? Please give me your details… I want to be sure to store it so it lasts well.
Saran wrap, foil, or reusable beeswax… whatever you prefer to use.