I know I told you about locking my sister Molly in a suitcase when we were kids, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t told you how we used to spend our Saturday nights back in the day.
My parents liked to go out with their friends Skip and Linda. I think they played a lot of card games. Molly and I had a babysitter named Rosie that we adored. She was a teenager that live next door and would come stay with us on Saturday nights while my parents were
out partying socializing.
Do you remember The Love Boat? What about Fantasy Island?
No? One was a cheezy show about people falling in love on a cruise and the other was about paying a lot of money to go on a vacation to make fantasy reality.
Yes? Then I beg you to remain silent or you will date us both!
Molly and I were allow to stay up and watch them both. First The Love Boat then Fantasy Island. We used to have Kool-Aid tea parties and eat Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. For the most part Rosie had the easiest babysitting gig ever because we were quiet and in another room for over 2 hours. Unless we got into a fight. Then I’m sure her job sucked.
I’m sure you are wondering what in the world this story has to do with Bananas Foster Cheesecake?
Not a darn thing.
But I do thank you for the walk down memory lane.
Bananas Foster Cheesecake
- 4 bananas peeled, and halved lengthwise and crosswise
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 5 8 ounce blocks cream cheese room temperature
- 5 eggs room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- Heavy duty foil
- Roasting Pan
- Spring form pan
- 1 Stick Butter This was accidentally omitted from the original recipe and has been updated
Preheat oven to 350
Melt butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a cast iron skillet (4-5 minutes)
Add bananas and cook for 3-4 minutes. You don't have to worry about keeping them pretty because we are going to puree this
Add rum, light on fire if you are feeling daring and let it burn out. If you are feeling like a weenie like I sometimes do then just boil it for a couple of minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly. You don't want it hot, but if you let it get too cool it will thicken and become difficult to work with.
Puree in food processor until smooth.
Mix together graham crumbs and about 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce from the bananas until graham crumbs are moistened. Press into bottom and partially up sides of a spring form pan. Set aside
Add cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until smooth (2-3 minutes)
Sift flour and sugar together and add slowly to cream cheese
add vanilla and the remaining banana caramel mixture (about 2 cups)
Add eggs one at a time until each one is incorporated
Wrap bottom and up sides of the spring form pan with 2 pieces of heavy duty foil and place into a heavy roasting pan with high sides
Microwave enough water to come up about halfway of the spring form pan
Pour cheesecake batter into the spring form pan
Add enough water to the roasting pan, careful not to splash into the spring form pan
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
Reduce to 325 for another 60 minutes
Crack oven door and let cool slowly for another hour or so
Remove from oven and let cool completely
Refrigerate uncovered overnight
Serve with whipped cream
Bananas Foster Recipe adapted from Brennan’s
Note: This would also be delicious if you can remember to reserve a little of the caramel sauce to serve it with. I did not, but wish I had.
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
I, too, had some of the coolest babysitters back in the day. We’d watch our babysitter beat the hard levels of Super Mario World or Donkey Kong that my sister and I had been stuck on for months. This cheesecake looks delicious. I’m pretty sure it would be hard for me to resist eating the entire cake.
Thanks Erin! Super Mario and Donkey Kong? Heck yeah!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
I must admit, I watched those shows….but I’m certain we both saw them as re-runs! Aren’t they still playing them on some station somewhere? This cheesecake looks like the perfect dessert to beg for forgiveness from you sister… or maybe just keep it all for you!
That must be it Kathy! I happened to catch The Love Boat just last week. My sister did not get any cheesecake, but that may have something to do with the fact that she lives in San Francisco!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
This cake has so many great flavors and sounds delicious!
Thanks for your kind words, Medha!
Love cheesecake! This one looks so good! Pinned 🙂
Me too, Mira. Thanks so much for the Pin!
Keri @ Fashionable Foods
I love bananas foster and I love cheesecake – what a great idea to put them together. Yum!
Thanks Keri! I love them both too!
Haha love your story!! This looks so delicious and I am glad you shared your childhood memories with us 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
These cheesecake looks amazing! Bananas foster sounds like such a decadent flavor. I’m pretty sure I could eat the whole cake! 🙂
Thanks Gayle! It’s a lucky thing we took it to Lisa’s or we would have eaten the whole thing!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
Your Koolaid tea parties sound awesome just like this cheesecake! I love bananas foster and in cheesecake form that sounds deliciously decadent!
Thanks Kelly! The tea parties were fun!
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
killer! and you didnt go shy on the whipped cream which is awesome!
Ha ha Kelsey! I’m never shy with whipped cream!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates
Girlfriend, is this cheesecake real?! Gosh I couldn’t ask for a more perfect dessert! Pinned! I am drooling. And it just occurred to me that I haven’t been on your blog in forever and I missed it! Glad I am back! Clearly, I missed like a million yummy recipes!!
You crack me up, Mariah! Thanks for the Pin and welcome back! I missed you too! 🙂
Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
I am totally drooling over this cheesecake! You have a successfully combined two of my favorite desserts!
How much butter?
1 stick – and the recipe has been updated.