The Cheesecake Factory Brings Basque Cheesecake to Its Menu for the First Time Ever
The cake style, which originates from Spain, is known for its burnt top and ultra-creamy center.
Cheese and cake are two of the best things in the whole world. Arguably better still, though: cheesecake. So National Cheesecake Day, which rolls around on Saturday, July 30, is an annual food holiday worth paying attention to.
This year, The Cheesecake Factory is marking the celebration in a very sweet way. The chain is introducing a new cheesecake flavor, Classic Basque Cheesecake.
Tracing its origins to San Sebastian, Spain, where it was created more than three decades ago, Basque cheesecake is a “crustless cheesecake with a burnt top and an ultra-creamy, custard-like center, and sweet caramelized notes,” according to The Cheesecake Factory. The chain has put its own tweak on a classic, covering each slice “with fresh berries and whipped cream.”
Augmenting and extending the sweetness of the day, The Cheesecake Factory has also pledged to make a $1 donation to Feeding America for every slice of cheesecake (yes, any flavor) sold at any location throughout the U.S. on National Cheesecake Day. It will also donate 25 cents to the organization, which is dedicated to fighting hunger in the U.S. through a network of food banks, for every slice of Classic Basque Cheesecake sold between July 31, 2022, and July 29, 2023.
Since 2008, the chain has donated more than $5.9 million to Feeding America through the sale of specially designated cheesecakes. David Overton, founder and CEO of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, says the chain “is honored to commemorate National Cheesecake Day by continuing our longstanding support of Feeding America’s hunger-relief efforts.”
“We are also pleased to mark this special occasion by introducing our new Classic Basque Cheesecake,” Overton said in a news release. “It’s a completely different style of cheesecake than my mother’s Original recipe, and we are looking forward to adding it to our menu.”
If you’d like to make a Basque-Style Cheesecake in your own kitchen, here’s a recipe from Food Network Kitchen. This cheesecake take is crustless and “baked in a high heat oven” to create “a delicious dark brown top that tastes of caramel and toasted sugar.”
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