Hawaii Mom Blog: Beyond Pastry Studio's Basque Burnt Cheesecake




January 13, 2021

Beyond Pastry Studio's Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Christmas has come and gone, but the thoughts of the Basque Burnt Cheesecake that I bought from Beyond Pastry Studio for Christmas Eve are still vivid in my mind.

If you're like me and have no idea what a Basque Burnt Cheesecake actually is, don't worry! Here's a cheat sheet from Just One Cookbook - one of my favorite websites for recipes:

  • Texture: Creamy in the middle, firmer cheesecake texture on the exterior. Unlike American cheesecake, it does not have a crust.
  • Flavor: Simply put, it tastes like a caramelized cheesecake in one bite. It has a good balance of bitterness from the burnt exterior and sweetness from the creamy custardy interior.
  • Difficulty: This is absolutely the easiest cheesecake I’ve ever made. I told Mr. JOC that a man who had never baked in his life can impress loved ones with this cheesecake!
  • Baking: The cheesecake is finished baking in half the time compared to regular cheesecake! Bake at a higher temperature to achieve that rich, dark caramelized exterior surface, yet the center of the cheesecake is still jiggly

As you can tell right off the bat, the exterior looks nothing like the traditional New York Style Cheesecake that you see in most restaurants and bakeries. Because this type of cheesecake is baked at high heat, the top gets burnt, but the end result is a caramelized crust on top.

Beyond Pastry Studio's Basque Burnt Cheesecake was like no other, in that the outside-bottom layer consisted of purple sweet potato. Not only was it delicious, but it just made the slices of cheesecake that much more beautiful-looking! Just look at the marbling! 

Although the cheesecake was available ala carte, I opted for the "Full Experience", which meant my cheesecake was accompanied by Beyond Pastry Studio's signature macadamia nut butter cookies, candied walnuts, and sous-vide mixed berry compote.  

I don't know if I can go back to eating plain cheesecake ever again. I ate a slice of this cheesecake for days and could not get enough of it. 

While the Basque Burnt Cheesecake is no longer on the menu (it was a special offering for Christmas Eve), Beyond Pastry Studio is currently offering an Epicurean Cheesecake that looks and sounds amazing - light sponge cake, creamy lilikoi, and mascarpone cheese infused with vanilla from Laie Vanilla Company, wrapped in sponge cake crumbles.  Click here to place your order for pick up this Friday or Saturday only at Beyond Pastry Studio's Pop Up at Fishcake in Kaka'ako.

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