Traditional burnt basque cheesecake finished with candied figs & drizzled with PX Sherry glaze.

This indulgent dessert is brought to us by Heather Allen, the owner of Miss M’s Lounge in Kyneton. A mainstay on their menu since opening along Piper Street in 2020, the Burnt Basque Cheesecake is just one of the tasty Spanish tapas style options you can tuck into at this intimate cocktail lounge, wine bar and restaurant.

40 minutes prep | 45 minutes cooking | Serves 12


750 gms Cream Cheese
150 gms Goats Curd
400 gms White sugar
1 dessertspoon vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
60 gms plain flour – we use Gluten free flour for the restaurant
8 large eggs
4 cups Cream

2 cups PX sherry (Barbadillo our preferred brand)

fresh figs, halved
caster sugar to coat


Prepare a 9″ springform cake tin by lining the base and the sides.
The paper lining the sides should continue up the sides by at least 30mm to allow for the cake to rise whilst cooking.

Preheat oven to 230 (fan forced)

Whip cream cheese, goats curd and sugar till smooth

Add flour, vanilla bean paste and salt flakes, whip to well combined

Add eggs two at a time and keep whipping to all incorporated.

Add pouring cream and blend on high for 3 minutes
Pour into prepared lined tin
Bake on highest heat for 15 minutes.
Turn oven down to 200 and bake for a further 30 minutes.
Top of cake should be darkened and cake will still be ‘wobbly’ in the centre when cook time is up.

Heat the sherry, then turn to a medium heat until its reduced by half and thickened.

Cut fresh figs in half, coat with caster sugar on the cut face and put face down in a hot pan to glaze or use a kitchen torch to achieve sugar melt.

Refrigerate cooked cheesecake overnight for best results.
Portion and top with candied figs and drizzle with PX Sherry Glaze.

Perfect texture for a basque cheesecake should be almost ‘custard-like’ in the centre.

About the author

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Heather Allen

Heather Allen along with her husband own and operate Miss M's Lounge in Piper Street Kyneton.They opened their Spanish Tapas Bar Restaurant in January 2020 and offer dinner Wednesday to Saturday.Along with an extensive bespoke Cocktail list and great local wines, their ever-evolving menu features both traditional spanish dishes alongside innovative vegetarian, seafood and gluten free dishes.The Burnt Basque Cheesecake is a mainstay on their dessert list since opening.