Cheesecake is a delicious and indulgent dessert — between the cream cheese filling, crumbly crust, and delicious added flavors, what’s not to like? Though there are so many differently additives that can go inside, these cakes rarely deviant from their traditional creamy white cheesy form. But this particular rare French cheesecake is purposefully burnt to a crisp — though it’s still soft on the inside.
The surface of the tourteau fromagé cakes are intentionally charred by baking them at a very hot temperature, then lowering it for the rest of the baking time. The burnt outer layer protects the inside of the cake. The thin layer of scorched crust does taste burnt, but the finished cake is still soft on the inside — some people are partial to the crust while others choose to leave it alone.
The cakes came from the Poitou-Charentes region in Western France and are traditionally made with goat cheese, because two thirds of French goats are raised in the region the cake is from.
Traditionally the cake was eaten with champagne but it can also be enjoyed as an everyday dessert. So if you’re a fan of slightly-singed sweet foods, then these burnt French treats are definitely for you.