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A delicious hybrid of Banana Cream Pie and cheesecake makes this dessert a rich, creamy, pile of cheesecake-y banana deliciousness. It’s the perfect finale to any meal!
I waited til the second half of January to bring you this easy banana cheesecake recipe, in case you had crazy New Year resolutions against cheesecake. But, I couldn’t wait any longer than this to share! Besides – Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I want you to be prepared.
This cheesecake though. Vanilla cookie base. Creamy filling with banana pudding, real bananas, topped with whipped cream, and garnished with more banana. The Cheesecake Factory makes a Banana Cream Cheesecake…. and I like mine better. Yup, I said it.
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Should I use a water bath, or no?
I have made this recipe a few times – with a water bath, and without. I know, I know – 100% of my previous cheesecake recipes have been either mini cheesecakes, or have been non-water bath methods. BUT – and this is important – just this once, try the water-bath. For me? Without it, the edges get brown, but the center is still wobbly and unset. Or, it cooks up, then cracks after cooling. The cracking is usually no big deal – if you are covering the top with ganache like in this To Die For Triple Chocolate Cheesecake. The ganache just fills the cracks and actually improves each slice that is lucky enough to HAVE a crack!
I’ve actually messed up with my water bath – and water got into my pan. If this happens to you – don’t freak out. Just CHILL. Literally. Chill the cheesecake overnight (24 hours is awesome), and everything will work out just fine. Trust me.
Make the Banana Cream Cheesecake ahead
I typically can’t wait to try desserts and might make it the same day – for eating that night. However, I’ve found that the flavor develops more with more chilling time, the crust is more solid.
Hide the leftovers
Seriously. You aren’t going to want to share.
Want more Easy Cheesecake Recipes? Of COURSE you do!
Banana Cream Cheesecake
- 28 vanilla wafer cookies
- 5 Tbs butter
- 5 Tbs sugar
- Sliced bananas
- Mini vanilla wafers
- Whipped cream
- Heat oven to 325F
- In a food processor, crush the cookies until they become crumbs.
- Melt the butter the add to the crushed cookies with the sugar, and mix well.
- Press into the bottom and a little wayup the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Bake crust for 10 minutes then remove, and cool.
- Reduce oven temp to 300F.
- Using an electric mixer with the paddle attached, mix the cream cheese, sugar, flour and pudding mix with an electric mixer until combined.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each.
- Add the mashed banana and vanilla. Mix on low speed until well combined, but still lumpy.
- Pour the filling into the cooled crust.
- Wrap outside of pan in a double layer of foil, covering the underside and extending all the way to the top.
- Set wrapped pan in a large roasting pan, and pour hot water into roasting pan—to a depth of 2 inches or about halfway up the sides of cheesecake pan.
- Bake for 90 minutes. Turn off heat and leave in oven with door closed for 20 minutes.
- Crack open the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 20 minutes or until set.
- Remove from oven and chill overnight.
- Slice and decorate as desired – with bananas, extra vanilla wafers and cream.
- Hide the leftovers.