This was my very first time making a cheesecake. Turned out GREAT!! I forgot to add the vanilla extract, but it didn't seem to make a difference. The next time I think I will mash the bananas intead of dicing them as one other reviewer stated. I will also not pre-bake the vanilla wafer crust as it turned out a little overdone. DEFINITELY looking forward to making this again & again.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Two favorite desserts are blended into one sensational Banana Pudding Cheesecake.
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Total: 11 Hours, 10 Minutes
- 1 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 17 vanilla wafers
- 2 large ripe bananas, diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coarsely crushed vanilla wafers
- Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, vanilla wafers, sliced bananas tossed in lemon juice
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased and floured 9-inch springform pan. Stand 17 vanilla wafers around edge of pan (rounded sides against pan), pressing gently into crust to secure. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).
- 2. Combine bananas and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 1 minute or just until sugar has dissolved.
- 3. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until smooth. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Gently stir banana mixture into cream cheese mixture. Pour batter into prepared crust.
- 4. Bake at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen. Sprinkle top of cheesecake with coarsely crushed wafers. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 8 hours.
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