Tall and Creamy Banana Cream Cheesecake…

by Jamie on December 30, 2008

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Anne of AnneStrawberry. Anne selected Dorie’s recipe for Tall and Creamy Cheesecake. If you frequent my blog, you know I love cheesecake and have made my fair share of them. I was going to skip this week’s recipe simply because I was not feeling cheesecake at the present moment. However, I started thinking about variations and read through Dorie’s “playing around” section, but still none of those really did it for me either. Then I remembered a few weeks ago, the boyfriend suggested/requested that I make a banana cream pie, but I never got around to it. I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to combine two of his favorite desserts and decided to attempt a Banana Cream Cheesecake.

Here is what I did differently…

1.) I used Nilla Wafers for the crust (2 cups crushed plus 6 TBS melted butter)
2.) I added two mashed bananas to the batter
3.) Added 2 TBS of cornstarch from the batter
4.) Used only 3/4 cup sugar
5.) Used only 1/2 cup of heavy cream

I really loved the way this turned out. The banana flavor was subtle yet delicious and the vanilla wafers complimented the cheesecake perfectly. I will definitely make this recipe again and again. PLUS I got to use my nifty square springform pan for the first time. I have never seen these in stores, but target seems to carry a few shapes online. Click here for the one I bought. Also…here is a tip for those of you that had problems with water seeping into your springform pan from the bainmarieI wrap my pan in foil then place the pan into an oven bag before placing into the bain-marie. Oven bags are an inexpensive way to ensure no water seeps your springform pans!

For the original recipe check out Anne’s wonderful blog or flip to pages 235-237 in Dorie’s book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

chocolatechic December 30, 2008 at 9:16 am

What a brilliant idea.

I would have never thought to do that.


Marthe December 30, 2008 at 9:28 am

Banana cheesecake?? Sounds amazing!!! And looks great too! I love the square springform pan


Christine December 30, 2008 at 10:26 am

That looks delicious! I love the shape!


Megan December 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

Square?! I love it! I really need one of those pans, how perfect! No more fighting over the edges! (the kids, I mean!)


juju73 December 30, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Amazing! I imagine it is delicious!!!!!


Danielle December 30, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wow not only did you invent a new cheesecake flavor you broke it out in a kick butt square pan!
It looks and sounds great :)


Ingrid December 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Looks wonderful! Great idea.

I have that same pan which I have yet to use. I purchased it from Ross during the summer. Like a dummy I didn’t buy the 9×13 as well and now they don’t have them any more!

Happy 2009!


vibi December 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

MMMM! Yummy! Banana and cream cheese, what an irresistible combination! Both creamy and lushious… very good idea, Jamie!
Looks fabulous!


Maria December 30, 2008 at 3:38 pm

I love the banana twist! Nice job!


Anne December 30, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Wow- I bet my husband would die for that version! So creative and it looks amazing! I love the square pan, too. Happy new year to you and yours!


PheMom December 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Oh! I really wanted to find a square springform, but alas, no luck here. Your cheesecake looks gorgeous. As for the flavor, I hope you take this in the spirit it is meant…

Banana Cream? SHUT UP!!! You are my new hero. I can’t wait to make it this way. Holy YUM!


Rachel December 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

oh WOW the banana sounds amazing!!


Nicole December 30, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Yummmmmmy! I will have to try that one. Thanks!


Sweet as Coco December 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm

wow…your cheesecake looks great and perfect! I think everyone used the ‘blow dryer’ trick or something!


Engineer Baker December 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm

That is one awesome variation, and I’m not even a fan of banana desserts. And it’s amazing how just changing the shape from the standard round increases cuteness exponentially :)


rainbowbrown December 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm

You had fun with this one! Sounds wonderful.


n.o.e December 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

This sounds seriously delicious. All the good flavors of banana cream pie without the chunks of banana! I found a square springform pan at HomeGoods. I was sad about my leak, but will file away your tip – thanks!


Tami December 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Banana cream cheesecake…what a fabulous idea! I can only imagine how amazing this tastes!!


Rhiani December 30, 2008 at 10:48 pm

I never would have thought of banana cheesecake – nicely done!

Thanks for sharing the tip on the oven bags to avoid water getting into the spring form pan – a common issue for me!


Tinsie December 31, 2008 at 3:13 am

OMG I think I’ve died and gone to heaven – and the cake isn’t even for real. It looks totally yummilicious!!


Kevin December 31, 2008 at 6:35 pm

I really like the sound of a banana cream cheesecake.

Happy new year!


Jacque December 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Ooh, that sounds fantastic! I would have never thought to use banana. And your pan… way cool!


The Food Librarian January 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Love it all! The square pan and the banana! Looks sooo perfect. Happy new year!


AmyRuth January 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Your first photo is beautiful. I’ve never had Banana before but you made it sound delicious so I may need to try it especially with the ‘nilla wafers.


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