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Convenience Store Sweets Style: DIY Basque Cheesecake at Home

Hey there, dessert lovers! Today, we're diving into the world of sweets with a twist. We're going to recreate the magic of a Basque cheesecake but with a unique convenience store style. Imagine that delightful combination of a caramelized top and a creamy, luscious interior in your kitchen. 

I stumbled upon this fantastic recipe on Cotta, and I couldn't wait to share it with you. Let's get started on this delicious journey to create a Basque cheesecake that rivals those found in your favorite convenience stores.

Ingredients:

- 2 cups cream cheese (at room temperature)

- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

- 4 large eggs

- 2 cups heavy cream

- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

- 1 cup cake flour

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- Confectioner's sugar, for dusting

Instructions:

1. Prepare Your Oven:

- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Make sure the rack is in the middle position.

2. Line Your Pan:

- Take a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan and line it with parchment paper. Leave some overhang on the sides to easily lift out the cheesecake later.

3. Start the Batter:

- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. 

4. Add Sugar Gradually:

- Gradually add the granulated sugar while continuing to beat the cream cheese. Beat until the mixture is well combined and fluffy.

5. Incorporate the Eggs:

- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

6. Add Heavy Cream and Vanilla:

- Pour in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Mix until the batter is smooth.

7. Sift and Fold in the Flour:

- Sift the cake flour over the batter and add the salt. Gently fold them into the mixture until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

8. Pour and Tap:

- Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan. Tap it gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.

9. Bake to Perfection:

- Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the top is deeply caramelized and the center is set with a slight jiggle.

10. Cool and Chill:

- Allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight for the best texture.

11. Serve and Dust:

- Carefully lift the cheesecake from the pan using the parchment paper overhang. 

- Dust the top with a generous sprinkle of confectioner's sugar.

12. Slice and Enjoy:

- Slice into wedges, serve, and savor the delightful contrast of the caramelized top and creamy, velvety center.

Tips:

- For an authentic convenience store look, you can use a blow torch to further caramelize the top after chilling the cheesecake.

- Feel free to add some lemon zest or a splash of your favorite liqueur for a unique flavor twist.

This Convenience Store Sweets Style Basque Cheesecake is a delightful treat that combines the rich creaminess of a classic cheesecake with the irresistible allure of caramelization. It's the perfect dessert to enjoy with coffee or tea or impress your friends and family at any gathering.

So, why wait for your next convenience store visit when you can recreate this sweet masterpiece right at home? Happy baking! 🍰🏪

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