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Bananas Foster Cheesecake With Toffee

Banana lovers, you're in for a treat. This bananas foster cheesecake is your dream dessert. Studded with crushed toffee and a homemade bananas foster curd on a crisp Nilla wafer crust, you won't find a more decadent, luscious cheesecake.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 500kcal

Equipment

  • Stand or hand mixer
  • 9-inch springform pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven bag
  • Heavy-duty foil
  • Roasting pan

Ingredients

Nilla Wafer Crust

  • 1 ½ cups crushed Nilla wafers approximately 45 cookies
  • white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten, optional

Bananas Foster Curd

  • 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ packed dark brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum

Bananas Foster Cheesecake

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages full-fat cream cheese in block form softened (see note)
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or paste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Heath toffee bits
  • 1 cup bananas foster curd
  • Banana slices for garnish, optional
  • Whipped cream for garnish, optional

Instructions

Nilla Wafer Crust

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom and side of the pan and press to adhere.
  • Stir together the crushed Nilla wafers, sugar and butter in a bowl until the mixture is evenly moist. Press the crumbs into the parchment paper-lined springform pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or glass to compress the crumbs. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Brush the crust with the beaten egg white and bake for another three to fives minutes. This step is optional, but it helps the crust stay crisp.

Bananas Foster Curd

  • While the Nilla wafer crust bakes, cook the mashed bananas, egg yolks, dark brown sugar and pinch of cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens, about five to seven minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and rum until the butter melts. Using an immersion blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl to allow the mixture start to cool. You will use 1 cup of the bananas foster curd for the cheesecake and can reserve the rest for other uses.

Bananas Foster Cheesecake

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Tightly wrap the outside of the springform pan with an oven bag and tie on the side if possible. Then, tightly wrap the outside with two layers of aluminum foil, making sure the foil goes all the way up the side for extra insurance. Start boiling water for the water bath. 
  • To make the cheesecake filling, combine the softened cream cheese and dark brown sugar in the large mixing bowl. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until smooth, creamy and fluffy, about two to three minutes. As needed, scrape down the side of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Beat in the sour cream, vanilla and salt until it all comes together. Don't overmix.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time on medium speed. Mix just until the egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Gently stir in toffee bits.
  • Pour half of the cheesecake batter into the crust and dollop with half of the bananas foster curd. Use a butter knife to swirl around the batter. Repeat with the remaining cheesecake batter and curd.
  • Place the wrapped springform pan into a large roasting pan. Fill with enough boiling water to come about halfway up the side of the springform pan. Don’t pour water past the foil. Alternatively, you can place a pan of boiling water on the rack below the cheesecake. I recommend this method if you don’t have an oven bag and are worried about leakage.
  • Place the cheesecake on the middle rack, close the oven door and immediately turn the oven to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • After the hour and 30 minutes, turn off the oven completely. Do not open the oven door. Let the cheesecake sit for 3 hours. Do not open the oven door at this point either. 
  • Remove the cheesecake and allow to come to room temperature, about an hour or so. Place in the refrigerator uncovered with the springform pan intact. Do not cover at this point or condensation will build up. Refrigerate until the cheesecake is cold, at least four hours, before covering. Allow to set in the refrigerator for at least another four hours or overnight, which is preferred.
  • When ready to serve, remove the springform pan. The parchment paper should make it easy to remove. If desired, garnish with banana slices and whipped cream. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The crust can be made two or three days ahead of time. Allow to cool and then store covered until ready to use.
  • The bananas foster curd can also be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. It will thicken in the refrigerator, so you'll need to thin it out in the microwave. Just microwave it for short bursts and stir until it's pourable. You don't need to get the mixture hot. Just a little extra warmth and stirring should get it back to the pourable stage.
  • For blending the bananas foster curd, I definitely recommend an immersion blender or food processor over your typical counter blender. It just doesn't work as well for this step.
  • To most effectively soften the cream cheese, cut the blocks into bite-size pieces and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour until soft. This is important to make sure it reaches the right consistency when beaten.
  • For a more detailed tutorial on wrapping the springform pan with an oven bag and foil, see this article from Life, Love and Sugar.
  • For the water bath, I find it easiest to boil water on the stove in a tea kettle.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 440mg | Sugar: 32g