Are you in search of a delectable dessert with the lusciousness of cheesecake paired with the caramelized goodness of bananas foster? Look no further than Banana Foster Cheesecake! This treat boasts a graham cracker crust, a banana-infused filling, and a sweet bananas foster sauce.
The history of bananas foster dates back to 1951, when it was created by Ella Brennan and her chef at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Today, it remains a classic dessert and a signature item on the Brennan’s menu. Whether you’re a fan of cheesecake, bananas foster, or both, this dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Key Banana Foster Cheesecake Ingredients & Why
The star ingredient for unique flavor and texture in the cheesecake.
The creamy base with a tangy twist for our cheesecake.
A rich, caramel-like flavor in both the filling and topping.
Adds warmth and depth to the crust and filling.
A boozy kick that complements banana and brown sugar in the topping.
Graham Cracker Crumbs
A sweet, crunchy base for the crust.
How Do You Make The Best Banana Foster Cheesecake?
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C) and line a 9-inch springform pan’s bottom with parchment paper; grease the sides.
- Combine crust ingredients in a small bowl, then press the mixture into the springform pan’s bottom and sides.
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then cool.
- Prevent water bath leakage: Cover the pan’s outsides with aluminum foil, ensuring it doesn’t surpass the top edge of the springform pan. Set it aside.
- Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
- In a large mixer bowl, blend cream cheese, brown sugar, and flour on low speed until smooth. Scrape the bowl’s sides.
- Add mashed bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark rum. Mix until combined.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides.
- Pour cheesecake batter into the crust.
- Place the springform pan in a larger pan, adding warm water to halfway up the springform pan’s sides. Bake for 1 hour.
- Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the door closed for 30 minutes.
- Crack the oven door and leave the cheesecake inside for another 30 minutes to prevent cracks.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Remove from water bath and aluminum foil. Refrigerate until firm, 6-7 hours.
- For the bananas foster, melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Add brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and heavy cream; stir until sugar dissolves.
- Pour rum into the pan, then use a lighter to ignite it. Be cautious; the flame can get high. Let it cook until the flames dissipate.
- Add bananas and cook for 1-2 minutes to thicken the sauce. Set aside to cool.
- Remove cheesecake from the springform pan and place on a serving plate.
- Whip heavy cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon until stiff peaks form.
- Pipe whipped cream around the cheesecake’s edge.
- Top with bananas foster and drizzle the sauce.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve; best within 2-3 days.
Pro Tips For Making Banana Foster Cheesecake Recipe
- Enhance the crust with a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Secure the crust’s base by pressing it firmly in the pan.
- Achieve a creamy texture and prevent cracks by baking the cheesecake in a water bath.
- Ensure the cheesecake cools to room temperature post-baking before adding the topping.
- Opt for ripe, not overly ripe bananas for the topping.
- Elevate the flavor with a dash of dark rum in the topping.
- Allow the cheesecake to set by refrigerating it for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight before serving.
How to Store Banana Foster Cheesecake
- Refrigeration: Bake the cheesecake, refrigerate until cold and firm, then add the topping. Store in an airtight container and consume within 3-4 days. For mini cheesecakes, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 5 days after removing the springform pan’s outer part. For best results, chill for at least 8 hours or overnight after wrapping with cling film.
- Freezing: To freeze the cheesecake, bake it first. Store in the freezer at 0°F or below for up to 11 months. If freezing, avoid adding the sauce, as Bananas Foster sauce doesn’t freeze well. Wrap the cheesecake (without sauce) or individual slices tightly with plastic wrap and a second layer of foil; freeze for up to 3 months. When serving, allow it to thaw in the fridge for 24 hours and prepare the Bananas Foster sauce.
Can You Freeze Banana Foster Cheesecake?
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- Let the cheesecake cool completely.
- Wrap the cheesecake tightly with plastic wrap and a layer of foil.
- Place the wrapped cheesecake in an airtight container or freezer bag.
- Freeze the cheesecake for up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions About Banana Foster Cheesecake
How is the cheesecake filling made?
Craft a luscious cheesecake filling by smoothly mixing cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and rum extract. Pour this delightful concoction over the crust, and bake the cheesecake in a water bath for that perfect, creamy texture.
How is the bananas foster topping made?
To craft our delectable cheesecake, we start with a luscious blend of cream cheese, sour cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and a dash of rum extract. This silky concoction is smoothly poured over the crust before baking in a water bath for the perfect creamy consistency.
Are there any variations of Banana Foster Cheesecake?
Explore a world of Banana Foster Cheesecake possibilities. Choose from options like banana brown sugar or brown butter-cinnamon fillings and a banana cake crust in lieu of the classic graham cracker base. If you’re in the mood for a bite-sized delight, savor mini Banana Foster Cheesecakes made in a mini cheesecake pan.
Banana Foster Cheesecake Recipe
- 2 1/4 cups (302g) vanilla wafer crumbs
- 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter, melted
- 5 tbsp (45g) light brown sugar, loosely packed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 24 ounces (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup (144g) brown sugar, loosely packed
- 3 tbsp (24g) all purpose flour
- 1 cup (240ml) mashed ripe bananas (2–3 bananas)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp (30ml) dark rum
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/4 cup (56g) salted butter
- 1/2 cup (113g) light brown sugar, packed
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp (15ml) heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp (30ml) dark rum
- 2 medium bananas, sliced into coins
- 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
- ¼ cup (29g) powdered sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Line the 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides.
- Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl, then press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes and let it cool.
- Cover the pan's outer side with aluminum foil to prevent water from the water bath from seeping in. Refer to my tutorial for a leak-proof water bath. Set the prepared pan aside.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
- In a large mixer bowl, blend cream cheese, brown sugar, and flour on low speed until completely smooth. Use low speed to avoid adding excess air to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape the bowl's sides.
- Add mashed bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark rum. Beat on low speed until well combined.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust.
- Place the springform pan inside a larger pan and fill the outer pan with warm water, going about halfway up the springform pan's sides. Ensure the water level stays below the top edge of the aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour.
- Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside with the door closed for 30 minutes. Do not open the door to retain the heat.
- Crack the oven door and leave the cheesecake inside for another 30 minutes. This gradual cooling prevents cracks.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it sit on the counter for 15 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the water bath and the aluminum foil. Refrigerate the cheesecake until completely firm, around 6-7 hours.
- After the cheesecake has cooled, prepare the bananas foster. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Add brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and heavy cream. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Pour rum into the pan and use a lighter to ignite it. Be cautious as the flame can be high. Let it burn for a minute or two, swirling the pan to disperse the rum and flames. It should extinguish itself; if not, swirl a little more.
- Add the bananas to the sauce and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside to cool and thicken before adding to the cheesecake.
- While the bananas foster cools, remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and place it on a serving plate.
- To make the whipped cream, combine heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Whip until stiff peaks form.
- Pipe a whipped cream border around the outside edge of the cheesecake.
- To finish the cheesecake, add the bananas foster on top in the center of the whipped cream. Drizzle the sauce over the bananas and down the sides of the cheesecake.
- Refrigerate the cheesecake until ready to serve. It's best enjoyed within 2-3 days due to the bananas on top.