Chocolate-Wrapped Banana Cheesecake

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Ingredients

3 medium-size ripe bananas
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup mascarpone cheese*
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Preparation

Mash bananas with a fork; stir in lemon juice until blended.

Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add mascarpone, beating until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in banana and vanilla. Pour into Peanut-Graham Crust.

Bake at 325° for 1 hour (center will be slightly soft). Remove from oven; run a knife around edge to loosen sides. Cool on a wire rack; cover and chill 8 hours.

Microwave chocolate and butter in a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 60 seconds; stir until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes.

Remove sides of springform pan. Spread three-fourths of melted chocolate around sides of cheesecake. Arrange Caramelized Bananas on top; drizzle with remaining chocolate.

*1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, 2 1/2 tablespoons sour cream, and 2 tablespoons whipping cream may be substituted for mascarpone cheese. Beat ingredients well at medium speed with an electric mixer. Use 1 cup mixture for cheesecake recipe, reserving remainder for other uses.

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February 1999
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