Spanish Cheesecake Flaó Recipe From Ibiza

Spanish Cheesecake Flaó Recipe From Ibiza

The Spruce / Julia Estrada

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Yield: 1 cheesecake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
521 Calories
22g Fat
62g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 521
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Sodium 503mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 349mg 27%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 161mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Originating on the islands of Ibiza and Formentera, this cheesecake is called Flaó and is thought to have been created during the reign of King Jaume I. It is a very popular cheesecake and many tourists who visit the islands return to their homes carrying one.

The cheesecake is a unique combination of flavorsanise and mint. The crust, which is peppered with anise seeds and kept moist with anise liqueur is pressed into a tart pan or springform pan. The filling is made from fresh cheese (or ricotta and mascarpone), eggs and chopped mint. Once baked, the top is sprinkled liberally with granulated sugar.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 ounce sugar

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest, from 1/2 lemon

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ounce anise liqueur

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed

  • 1 2/3 to 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

  • 1 pound Spanish queso fresco

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • 6 whole fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this Spanish dessert is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Crust

  1. Gather the crust ingredients.

    crust ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 360 F/180 C. Grease an 8 1/2-inch (22 cm) fluted French tart pan, or springform pan of the same size with vegetable shortening.

    greased tart pan

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  3. Put sugar and shortening into a medium size mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer.

    sugar and shortening in a bowl

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  4. Beat egg in a separate bowl, then add to the sugar-shortening mixture and beat well.

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  5. Add oil, lemon zest, salt, anise seeds and liqueur and mix well.

    oil, lemon zest, salt, anise seeds and liqueur added to the egg mixture in the bowl

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  6. Gradually add 1 cup flour while mixing with a large spoon until entire cup is mixed in. If ​the dough is too moist or runny, continue adding flour a bit at a time until the dough is a soft consistency.

    dough in a bowl

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  7. Form dough into a ball, and place it on parchment or waxed paper. Roll out dough until it is approximately 9 1/2 to 10 inches in diameter.

    rolled out dough on parchment paper

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  8. Press dough into greased pan.

    Press dough into greased pan

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Make the Filling

  1. Gather the filling ingredients.

    filling ingredients

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  2. Beat the eggs and sugar together in a medium-size mixing bowl.

    egg and sugar mixture in a bowl

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  3. Add cheese and beat until smooth.

    cheese, egg and sugar mixture in a bowl

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  4. Stir finely chopped mint leaves into filling. (Do not beat mint leaves with an electric mixer, or filling may turn green.)

    filling in a bowl

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Bringing It All Together

  1. Pour filling into crust and bake in center rack of oven for 45 to 60 minutes. Cheese should ​turn a golden color.

    Spanish Cheesecake Flaó Recipe From Ibiza in a pan

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  2. Sprinkle top with a coating of granulated sugar. Place whole mint leaves around the outside for decoration. Cool on counter, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Spanish Cheesecake Flaó Recipe From Ibiza sprinkled with sugar and garnished with mint in a pan

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