What’s Unique About The 1640 Basque Cheesecake (San Sebastien)

The Basque Cheesecake: A Fusion of French and Spanish Flavors

The Basque Cheesecake, originating from the southern regions of France and Spain, is a delightful fusion of French and Spanish flavors. Its exact origins are uncertain, but it gained popularity in the 1990s when chef Santiago Rivera accidentally burnt the top of a traditional cheesecake, creating a caramelized crust and creamy interior that became its signature. This dessert has since become a symbol of the Basque culinary tradition, embodying a perfect blend of the elegance of French desserts and the boldness of Spanish cuisine.

A Sweet Accident: The Origins of the Basque Cheesecake

At 1640 Bistronomy, we pay homage to this rich tradition by offering our own version of the Basque Cheesecake. While staying true to its roots, we’ve modified the recipe slightly to cater to modern tastes. Each cake is meticulously baked to achieve a creamy texture and caramelized crust, then elegantly presented with its own gold plaque circa 1640, the year Spain relinquished rule of Portugal an apt date for both the dish & its namesake bistro. Adding chocolate accents through choice of crème Anglaise & Valrhona chocolate sauce, we add to its high crave-ability while honoring its ancient origins and ensuring a truly indulgent experience.

1640 Bistronomy’s Tribute: Reinventing the Basque Cheesecake Tradition

Crafting our Basque Cheesecake requires time, patience, and precision. Each cake takes several hours to prepare and bake, but the result is a culinary masterpiece that is as visually stunning as it is delicious. With its rich history and exquisite flavors, the Basque Cheesecake continues to captivate dessert lovers around the world, showcasing the best of both French and Spanish cuisine in every decadent bite.