basque cheesecake with strawberries
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Niamh Larkin’s Basque lemon cheesecake

September 20, 2022

A Basque lemon cheesecake makes an enticing dinner party dessert. Here Niamh Larkin, our executive pastry chef for CUT at 45 Park Lane, shares one of her all-time favourite recipes for you to recreate at home.

A crowd pleaser

This rustic looking cheesecake is easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. The recipe is believed to have been created originally by chef Santiago Rivera, in Spain’s Basque Country. Serve it in summer with fresh English strawberries and a strawberry coulis, or enjoy at any time of the year with your own choice of seasonal fruits. Niamh’s top tip is to allow it to cool overnight to ensure the perfect set.

Niamh eating a basque cheesecake
Niamh pours egg yolk into mixing bowl

The recipe


  • 1,100g cream cheese
  • ½ zest of one lemon
  • 3g vanilla extract
  • 330g caster sugar
  • 3g fine sea salt
  • 380g crème fraîche
  • 220g eggs
  • Handful of fresh strawberries
  • Strawberry coulis to share


  • Preheat the oven to 230°C/gas mark 8.
  • Line a 9-inch cake tin with double greaseproof paper, ensuring it firmly covers the sides and tie it tightly around the outside edge.
  • Put the cream cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Add the sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract and salt and blend thoroughly.
  • Add the crème fraîche and blend for a further few minutes.
  • Next, add the eggs and blend for the final time.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Turn the oven down to 205°C/gas mark 6 and let it cook for a further 10 minutes.
  • Take care when removing the cheesecake from the oven as it will be very soft.
  • Leave to cool at room temperature then store in the fridge overnight.
  • Serve the next day with fresh strawberries and strawberry coulis.


Serves 8-10 

Niamh pours cheesecake batter into baking dish

Have fun whipping up your own Basque lemon cheesecake at home, or let Niamh share one of her delectable creations with you next time you’re at CUT at 45 Park Lane.

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