Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I saw it in a Southern Living magazine and it sounds great. Refrigerating time should be taken into consideration before baking for a party, however.
- 1 1⁄2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
- 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
- 2 large ripe bananas, diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- Combine first three ingredients in a small bowl. Press evenly into bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch spring form pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- Combine bananas and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir in brown sugar. Place over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute or just until sugar has melted. Set aside.
- Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth (around 3 minutes). Gradually add granulated sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, then beat in coffee liqueur and vanilla. Blend well. Pour into prepared vanilla wafer crust. Spoon tablespoonfuls of banana mixture evenly over top, and swirl gently into cream cheese mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set.
- Drop spoonfuls of Meringue gently and evenly over hot filling.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until Meringue is golden brown. Remove from oven and gently run a knife around the edge of cheesecake in the spring-form pan to loosen. Cool cheesecake completely on a wire rack. Cover loosely, and chill 8 hours. Release and remove sides of pan.
- [MERINGUE: Beat egg whites and salt at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating until soft peaks form and sugar dissolves (about 1-2 minutes).].
This recipe is outstanding! Well worth the effort. Don't be fooled by the "no-bake" version of this recipe that you may find elsewhere on the internet. A block of cream cheese and a box of Jello a cheesecake does NOT make.;) FWIW, the 35-40 minute bake time was not long enough in my oven. Also, I don't understand why the recipe calls for adding the banana mixture to the cheesecake mixture after it's already been poured into the springform pan.
AWESOME! Subbed pecans for walnuts. Instead of meringue I used FF Cool Whip. (Needed to cut calories SOMEWHERE!)
I was sent this recipe through a Southern Living Facebook application and just had to try it and was I glad I did. I made it for one of my co-worker's birthday and everyone loved it. I did not make a meringue though as it was so humid I knew it would not work so I put extra-creamy whipped topping on it and sprinkled a crushed up Skor bar on top. also, in the crust I cooked the chopped pecans in a little sugar and butter until the sugar was lightly browned and stirred that into the crushed vanilla wafers and butter mixture. I also did not add the coffee liqueur since I didn't have any but this cheesecake was DIVINE.