Bake the perfect air fryer cheesecake every single time with this easy recipe. You'll find this rich vanilla air fryer basque burnt cheesecake has the taste of cheesecake and the creaminess of a souffle. Its deep golden brown-buttered flavored top perfectly complements the silky-smooth, delicate custard-like interior.
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Table of Contents
- Cheesecake Dessert
- What is Basque Cheesecake?
- Basque Burnt Cheesecake Origin
- What is the Difference Between Basque Cheesecake and Normal Cheesecake
- Why This Is The Best Burnt Basque Cheesecake Air Fryer Recipe
- Equipment Needed
- Basque Cheesecake Ingredients
- How to Make Cheesecake in Air Fryer
- Recipe Tips
- Recipe Variations
- Cheesecake Toppings
- How to Store Air Fryer Basque Cheesecake
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Cheesecake Recipes
This air fryer cheesecake recipe is decadent and luxurious. The only thing better than how it tastes is how easy it is to whip together and bake. Break away from always making french fries in the air fryer and bake a rich air fryer Basque burnt cheesecake instead!
Creating different flavors and types of cheesecake is so much fun! If you enjoy desserts - and especially cheesecake - make a Marble Cheesecake, No Bake Peach Cheesecake, or Fudge Truffle Cheesecake next.
What is Basque Cheesecake?
A Basque burnt cheesecake, unlike a New York cheesecake, is baked at a high temperature creating a scorched or burnt caramelized top similar to a creme brulee with a creamy but gooey, just-set interior.
It's like a combination of all your favorite desserts with the taste of cheesecake and the creaminess of a souffle.
Basque Burnt Cheesecake Origin
The Basque cheesecake originated in a cafe called La Vina, in the town of San Sebastian, part of the Basque region of Spain in 1990. The chef, Santiago Rivera was attempting to make a new cake every day and created this delicious cheesecake.
What is the Difference Between Basque Cheesecake and Normal Cheesecake
A New York cheesecake is cooked in a moderate oven, usually in a water bath, and has a rich, dense creamy texture. The burnt basque cheesecake is cooked at a higher temperature, sans water bath, where the top becomes scorched creating a complexity of salted caramel and brown butter flavors and the center is baked until just set for a creamier more delicate interior.
Why This Is The Best Burnt Basque Cheesecake Air Fryer Recipe
The air fryer is one of the easiest ways to make a rich and creamy cheesecake. You only need two things - an air fryer and a springform pan. The hardest part is waiting for the cheesecake to set. As the air fryer bakes the cheesecake, you'll smell it, and want to dig right in!
This burnt cheesecake with a graham cracker crust has all the flavor of a regular cheesecake but with the creaminess of a souffle.
The basque style makes this a standout with its balance of texture from the soft creamy interior to the creme brulee-type top to the crunchier graham cracker crust.
Basque Cheesecake Ingredients
For the graham cracker crust:
- Graham Cracker Crumbs - used boxed crumbs or make your own with whole graham crackers. I use my Ninja chopper to crumb them.
For the cheesecake filling:
- Cream Cheese - make sure it is room temperature for a creamier cheesecake
- Sour cream - room temperature is best for blending
- All-purpose Flour
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Cheesecake in Air Fryer
Graham Cracker Crust
- Place graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium-sized bowl.
- Pour in melted butter.
- Mix well until all the crumbs are moistened.
- Pat into the bottom and up the sides of a buttered springform pan. Chill.
- Place softened cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Beat until creamy.
- Add eggs, vanilla extract, flour, and salt and continue beating until well mixed.
- Add sour cream.
- Fold in gently.
- Pour mixture into chilled graham cracker crust.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes. Carefully place the pan into the center of the air fryer basket.
- Air fry the cheesecake for 30 minutes then allow it to sit in the warm air fryer for another 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate for 4-8 hours.
- Make sure the springform pan will fit in your air fryer basket before making the recipe.
- Make sure to grease the side and bottom of the springform pan along with placing parchment on the bottom and buttering it too. This prevents the cheesecake from sticking to the sides and makes it easy to slide it onto a serving platter.
- If the cheesecake still jiggles in the center after cooking for 30 minutes, add an additional 2 minutes until the center is no longer jiggly. It's okay if it has a little jiggle to it.
- Don't remove the cheesecake from the air fryer for 30 minutes so it can continue to cook with the residual heat.
- Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6-8 hours or overnight so that it firms up.
- Cheesecake is best served cold.
One great thing about cheesecake is how easy it is to make different versions from the same base recipe. Here are some ideas:
- Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Lemon, or Maple extract
- Fruit: Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, or Peach
- Chocolate Chips: Milk, Dark, Semi-sweet, white, or any flavored chips.
- Nuts: Almonds, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachios, or Walnuts
- Cookies: Biscoff, Oreos, or Vanilla Wafers
- Mini Air Fryer Cheesecakes: Use mini springform pans and check the texture after 20 minutes. If it seems wet and is too jiggly continue to air fry and check after 3 minutes.
- Fresh Fruit: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, or Peaches
- Pie Filling: Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, or Peach
- Sauce: Caramel, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, or Lemon Curd
- Candy: Chopped Heath Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, etc.
- Whipped Cream
How to Store Air Fryer Basque Cheesecake
Store this burnt cheesecake in the refrigerator as you would any other type of cheesecake. Place it in an airtight container or wrap it in several layers of plastic wrap. It will last up to 3 days in the fridge.
To Freeze: Either wrap the whole cheesecake or wrap individual slices with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, absolutely! An air fryer is like a super convection oven. It will cook faster in an air fryer than in a regular oven.
Yes, springform pans are made for baking in the oven and an air fryer is a type of oven. Make sure to use the appropriate size for your air fryer so air can circulate.
Yes, cooling a freshly baked cheesecake in the fridge will firm it up. Just keep it covered so the air doesn't make it stale.
More Cheesecake Recipes
- New York Cheesecake - is decadently creamy and rich. No water bath needed!
- Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake - blueberries highlight this bright lemony cheesecake
- Citrus Honey Cheesecake - are little mini cheesecakes sweetened with honey and fruit juice
- Carrot Cake Cheesecake - is both your favorite desserts rolled into one!
Air Fryer Basque Cheesecake
Graham Cracker Crust
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 ½ Tablespoons sugar
- 4 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon butter
- 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon flour
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- Prepare springform pan by buttering bottom and sides then placing a piece of parchment paper in the bottom. Butter parchment as well.
Graham Cracker Crust
- Mix all ingredients for crust.
- Pat crust into bottom and up sides of pan. Chill while making filling.
- Place cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream well.
- Add eggs, vanilla extract and flour and mix until combined.
- Fold in sour cream.
- Pour filling into graham cracker crust.
- Preheat air fryer for 4 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Place cheesecake into air fryer and cook for 30 minutes. Top will look very dark brown almost burnt.
- Once time is up, leave in the air fryer for 30 minutes and let it continue to cook with the residual heat.
- Remove to wire rack and let cool to room temperature then chill for 6-8 hours prior to serving.
- Remove from pan and serve as is or top with your favorite topping.