F1 Bake Off – Round 5 – Spain

Well, I’ve reached the 5th week of the ‘F1 Bake Off’ challenge.

The last couple of weeks have been challenging, to say the least, resulting in a couple of complete disasters!

Still, this week’s recipe is a lot simpler.

For Spain, I have chosen to make a ‘tarta de queso’ which is a baked cheesecake. The recipe I used was from http://www.bascofinefoods.com and replicates the famous recipe used by La Vina in San Sebastian.

Anybody can make this cheesecake, it really is just a case of piling all the ingredients into a bowl, whisking together, putting in a tin and cooking.



  • 1Kg cream cheese
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 5 eggs
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C/Gas Mark 6/xxx fan
  2. Grease a 26cm in diameter clip-on cake tin
  3. Take a large bowl and measure all the ingredients into it
  4. Use an electric whisk and beat all the ingredients together until you have something that looks like smooth batter
  5. Pour the batter into the tin
  6. Bake in the over for 50 minutes (…at least)
  7. To test if the cheesecake is ready insert a small knife or skewer into the centre of the cheesecake, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready
  8. Allow to cool
  9. Serve with cream, fruit compote or just on its own!

My version:

What it should look like…


  • I found it took a little longer than 50 minutes to cook. It took nearly an hour and a half, but that maybe because I should have ignored the fan oven temperature and just whacked the oven up to 200??
  • It might have taken longer because the only thing to bind the stuff together is 1 tablespoon of flour! But that’s what the recipe said.
  • Irrespective of the above, it is super scrummy and I am totally going to San Sebastian to try out the authentic version

Best hone my break-making skills for the next challenge!!

Until Monaco, enjoy…

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