Saturday, May 2, 2009

Daring Bakers: Caramel Banana Cheesecake

Better late than never. I'm a week late posting about this lovely cake. I just can't seem to manage my time around cooking anymore.

I knew I'd be making this cheesecake, but I didn't know I'd be so late. I am happy I did follow through though the recipe is one of the best! Very creamy and perfect in every way a cheesecake should be.

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

We were told to get creative with this recipe so I looked for ways to do that. I had no other fruit in the house except bananas (I think fruit and cheesecake just have to go together) so I decided to incorporate them into the batter.
The caramel I made from scratch using a recipe I got from Simply Recipes. If you'd like the recipe click here >>> Simply Recipes.

This was so easy to make, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this recipe, I'll be making my own caramel sauce from now on.

Now for the DB cheesecake recipe:

Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake:

2 cups / 180 g graham cracker crumbs
1 stick / 4 oz butter, melted
2 tbsp. / 24 g sugar1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1 cup / 210 g sugar
1 cup mashed bananas ( I used 2 medium)
3 large eggs
1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1 tbsp liqueur, optional, but choose what will work well with your cheesecake (I omitted)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Gas Mark 4 = 180C = Moderate heat). Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath. (I used a large roasting pan)

2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into your preferred pan. You can press the crust just into the bottom, or up the sides of the pan too - baker's choice. Set crust aside.

3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add mashed bananas and mix about 30 seconds. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and alcohol and blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour batter into prepared crust and tap the pan on the counter a few times to bring all air bubbles to the surface. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water.

5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done - this can be hard to judge, but you're looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don't want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won't crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

Pan note: The creator of this recipe used to use a spring form pan, but no matter how well she wrapped the thing in tin foil, water would always seep in and make the crust soggy. Now she uses one of those 1-use foil "casserole" shaped pans from the grocery store. They're 8 or 9 inches wide and really deep, and best of all, water-tight. When it comes time to serve, just cut the foil away. ( I had no problems using my 9" spring form. I just wrapped it in foil)
Prep notes: While the actual making of this cheesecake is a minimal time commitment, it does need to bake for almost an hour, cool in the oven for an hour, and chill overnight before it is served.


Jenny Tan said...

That looks SO DELICIOUS!!! I have to try making the caramel sauce too! Love the extra drizzle of chocolate. :)

ErinsFoodFiles said...

Better late than never, because it looks DIVINE!

Loie said...

Oooh! Banana caramel? I'm there!

Audax Artifex said...

Even if it is late it still is one of the best cheesecake recipes on the planet. Just love your flavour combination and the caramel sauce is so delicious looking. And a really nice looking cake. Good work on this challenge.

Unknown said...

I love the flavors it kind of reminds me of a banana foster in a way. looks yummy!

Unknown said...

I'm glad you're late to post, because I am still going through and leaving comments. Do you know how many people are in the Daring Bakers? Over a thousand. Ha!

This variation sounds divine. I love bananas and caramel together. Thanks for being a part of the April Daring Baker's Challenge!

Jenny of JennyBakes

Sara said...

Looks amazing! Yum...all those flavors sound absolutely fantastic. :)

Cheesecake Recipe said...

What a beautiful cheesecake. I don't often associate the word beautiful with anything that has bananas, but this looks completely decadent. I'll have to try this one, right away. Thanks for sharing. Great photos, by the way. :)

Arlette said...

Hello Alley,

Did you know that this cake was my intention since long, I am doing it this week for my friend. its a big recipe for the two of us, so I end up making my challenge in ramekins using different flavours....
I am so loving all the caramel over your cheesecake, I am drilling from looking at the photos...
As Jenny said better later than never.
excellent job!!!

sabah said...

It looks wonderful, great job Ally !

Erin said...

Your flavor combo sounds great! I've made that caramel sauce from Simply Recipes before, too, and I remember being so excited when the sugar actually turned into caramel :) Great job!