LA VIÑA CHEESECAKE
❚ 1 3/4 cups (350 g) sugar
❚ 2 1/4 pounds (1 kg) cream cheese, at room temperature
❚ 1/4 tsp (1 mL) kosher salt
❚ 5 large eggs
❚ 2 cups (480 mL) whipping cream
❚ 1/4 cup (30 g) all-purpose flour
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 10-inch (25cm) springform pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) overhanging the top of the pan. (You can cut a circle to fit the base and then cut a band of paper to fit neatly around the sides, but the more rustic and simple method is to press an entire sheet into the pan, pleating the paper where it begins to crease.)
2. In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. (This can be done by hand as well— beat with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes.) Add the salt and mix. Incorporate the eggs one by one and stir until fully incorporated. Whisk in the cream. With a sifter, add the flour to the mixture and fold it in gently.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until browned and almost burned-looking on top. This can really vary oven to oven, so it helps to have your eye on the cheesecake from 50 minutes forward. The centre will still be quite jiggly, but the cake is ready. Remove from the oven and cool.
4. Before serving, remove the outer part of the springform and gently tug away the parchment paper. Serve at room temperature.