I think burnt basque cheesecake is definitely my favourite type of cheesecake. It’s lighter and airier than New York-style cheesecake with a smooth custard-like texture but also got this slight caramelised touch from the “burnt top” that makes it such an addictively delicious dessert! Burnt Basque Cheesecakes have become especially popular nowadays thanks to a bit of social media hype. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of recipes and variations at this point but what about an Air Fryer Burnt Basque Cheesecake made with just 4 ingredients? Yep, just four ingredients, one simple recipe, and 10 minutes in your trusty air fryer.
Why use an air fryer? Can you trust an air fryer with a cake? The answer is yes, you can. Using the air fryer is quicker than the traditional oven method. With these being mini-sized single-serving cakes, it only takes 10 minutes in the air fryer for the cake to cook through. You can totally make this as a small whole cake if you have the right cake tin size to fit into your air fryer. Though do note that it would take a little longer for the cake to cook through then. This recipe yields 5 mini cakes, which is quite the perfect amount to share between just me and my other half at home as an easy sweet snack.
How to make Burnt Basque Cheesecake in an Air Fryer
- Cream Cheese – Philapdelphia brand preferred
- Double Cream
What you need
- Air Fryer
- Mixing Bowl
- Baking Paper / Parchment Sheets
- Baking Ramekins
- When it comes to cream cheese, there’s no brand more superior to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. The brand of cheese you use will definitely impact the final flavours of the cake as cream cheese is the main ingredient. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the king of cream cheeses as it’s so creamy and smooth, and got a lovely little tangy taste to it. I really haven’t come across any better brands and would highly recommend that you use Philadelphia cream cheese for this recipe. Not at all sponsored!
- Whisk in the eggs one at a time. You want to make sure that the eggs get properly emulsified into the mixture and avoid a lumpy texture. Crack in one egg, mix until properly combined, before you mix in the other egg.
- Make sure you preheat the air fryer before cooking. It only takes about 2 minutes to preheat the air fryer and it helps to bake the cake more evenly.
- When filling up the ramekins with the cake batter, do not overfill them. The cake would rise a little during the cooking process and it could be quite a headache to clean up the spillage in the air fryer.
- Burnt Basque Cheesecakes can be served either hot or cold but we have a slight preference for serving it chilled. We feel that, when chilled, there is a greater depth of cheese flavours.
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4-Ingredient Mini Air Fryer Burnt Basque Cheesecake
- 1 Air Fryer
- 5 Ramekins
- 180 g Cream Cheese Philadelphia cream cheese preferred
- 65 g Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 85 ml Double Cream
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese and sugar until creamy.180 g Cream Cheese, 65 g Sugar
- Whisk in eggs one at a time.2 Eggs
- Mix in double cream until combined.85 ml Double Cream
- Preheat air fryer to 200°C. Line the ramekins with baking paper and divide the cake batter evenly across the ramekins.
- Cook the cakes for 10 minutes until the top is browned (slightly "burnt") and the cake is set.
- Allow to cool down before removing from the ramekins. Serve either hot or cold.
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese is known for delivering the best flavour and its creaminess, which plays a part in both flavour & texture on the final outcome of the cake. Hence, it’s recommended that you use Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- Only whisk in the eggs one at a time. This is to make sure that the eggs get properly emulsified into the mixture and avoid a lumpy texture. Crack in one egg, mix until properly combined before you mix in the other egg.
- Preheat the air fryer to ensure even cooking.
- Do not overfill the ramekins as the cake would rise a bit during the cooking process. You don’t want spillage inside your air fryer!
- Burnt Basque Cheesecake can be served either hot or cold. We do have a slight preference for it serving cold though as the flavours just offer more depth. Simply allow to cool down completely and then store in an air-tight container to chill in the fridge.
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