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Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Have you ever tried Spanish Cheesecake before? Spanish Cheesecake, also known as Basque Burnt Cheesecake, is a delicious dessert from the Basque region of Spain. Unlike traditional New York Cheesecake, which is rich, dense, pale and made with a crust, Spanish Cheesecake is crustless and lighter with a texture closer to a soufflé. Despite its burnt appearance, it tastes mildly caramelized, not bitter. Best of all, it's super easy to make!

Ever since I made the classic version of this delicious dessert, it's been the one cheesecake I get asked to make. I based this recipe on the classic Basque Burnt Cheesecake I shared last year, this time with a tasty festive twist.

To get the caramelized, burnt, cracked and messy effect you'll be cooking it on high heat. It's a foolproof cake because it's almost impossible to get it wrong. Well, unless you burn it too much!

How To Make Keto Basque Burnt Cheesecake

To make a keto version I used this Keto Basque Burnt Cheesecake and added pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice for a tasty fall-inspired twist.

You'll start by greasing an 8-inch springform pan with butter and then lining it with parchment paper. Greasing the pan will help keep the parchment in place.

There's no crust needed in this recipe so you'll go straight to making the filling. You can use a blender, food processor or electric mixer and process all of the ingredients until smooth and creamy. You'll then pour everything in the lined cake pan and bake until dark golden and caramelized. That's it!

I baked mine for 70 minutes and it turned out perfect but yours may take less so keep an eye on it to prevent the top from getting too dark.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Instead of sugar I used a healthy low-carb sweetener called Allulose. It will work best for that extra caramelized effect and flavor. Allulose may not be available where you live so feel free to use other options such as Erythritol or Swerve.

If you need to substitute the coconut flour, you can use 2/3 cup (67 g/ 2.4 oz) to 3/4 cup (75 g/ 2.5 oz) almond flour instead of the 3 tablespoons of coconut flour.

How to Convert This Recipe to Fit a 10-inch Pan

I use a 8-inch springform pan. If you have a 10-inch springform pan, use the following amounts and bake for 60 to 75 minutes.

  • 900 g full-fat cream cheese (2 lbs)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream (360 ml/ 12 fl oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened pumpkin puree (300 g/ 10.6 oz)
  • 1 cup granulated Allulose, Erythritol or Swerve (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour (32 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter for greasing (14 g/ 0.5 oz)

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Serving size slice

Allergy information for Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake

✔  Gluten free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, slice)

Net carbs4.2 grams
Protein6.5 grams
Fat23.6 grams
Calories237 kcal
Calories from carbs 7%, protein 10%, fat 83%
Total carbs5.2 gramsFiber1 gramsSugars2.9 gramsSaturated fat14.7 gramsSodium193 mg(8% RDA)Magnesium12 mg(3% RDA)Potassium139 mg(7% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 12 servings)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional). Prepare all of the ingredients. (Recipe adapted from our classic Keto Basque Burnt Cheesecake.)
  2. Lightly grease a non-stick 8 inch (20 cm) springform pan (or a 9-inch/23 cm pan) with about a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil. Line with parchment paper and press to the sides. The butter will keep it in place. Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Place the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin puree, sweetener, eggs, pumpkin pie spice mix and salt into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, process until smooth and creamy. Add the coconut flour and process again. (If you can find it, use Allulose for the best caramelized effect!) Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake
  4. Pour the mixture into the lined springform pan and transfer into the oven. Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake
  5. Bake for 55 to 70 minutes, until it's looking caramelized on top (less time for more flan-like texture, more time for a well set cheesecake). When baked it should still be jiggly in the middle. As the cheesecake cools down it will fall in the middle leaving an edge on all around. Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake
  6. Let it cool down before unmolding and slicing. Carefully peel the parchment paper from the sides and slice into wedges. Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake
  7. To store, refrigerate for up to 5 days. Basque Burnt Cheesecake is best served at room temperature. Keto Basque Burnt Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, slice)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
1.6 g3.5 g14 g123 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.5 g0.4 g7.6 g73 kcal
Pumpkin purée, unsweetened, canned or homemade
0.9 g0.2 g0 g6 kcal
Allulose, natural low-carb sweetener
0.6 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0.1 g2.1 g1.6 g24 kcal
Spices, pumpkin pie spice
0.3 g0 g0.1 g2 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Coconut flour, organic
0.2 g0.3 g0.3 g7 kcal
Total per serving, slice
4.2 g6.5 g23.6 g237 kcal

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Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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