Thursday: What's Baking?

Hello everyone! What do you have baking in your kitchen today? Not sure yet? I’ve got a fantastic idea! If you have some old bananas in the fruit bowl that are in need of a little mashing, then maybe you can shake it up with a unique recipe. How about some Creamy Banana Bread Cheesecake? Wow! Lisa, slow down! Did I just say bananas and cheesecake in the same sentence? For sure! Marrying the two brings the best of both worlds together, making it a dessert to bake for!

Banana Bread Cheesecake


Ingredients

Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz. full-fat cream cheese-softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg white

Banana Bread:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg+ 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large or 3 small bananas-mashed(about 1 ¼ cups )
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (to taste)
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3 oz. full-fat cream cheese-softened to room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter-softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar- sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1–2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts-for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper, then grease bottom and sides with nonstick cooking spray. Wrap springform pan in 2 layers of aluminum foil on the bottom and tightly around the outside walls of the springform pan to prevent the water leak in the pan while baking in water bath. Set aside.

Cheesecake:

  1. To make the cheesecake beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Then add sour cream, vanilla and flour and beat until combined.
  3. On low speed, add the eggs and beat until combined ( do not overmix the batter!!!) and set aside.

Banana Bread:

  1. To make banana bread stir together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, then set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the oil, brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla until sugar dissolves. Add mashed banana and mix to combine. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Spread 1 and 1/2 cups of banana bread batter over bottom of prepared pan. Drop large spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter on top of banana bread batter. Top with large spoonfuls of banana bread batter. Repeat with remaining cheesecake mixture and finish with remaining banana bread batter. Do not swirl!!!
  4. Place the springform pan into a large roasting pan, fill with about 1 inch of hot water and place in the oven.
  5. Bake for 75-90 minutes or until the center is set. If it starts browning too much, loosely top with aluminum foil. When toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean with a few moist crumbs attached, turn the oven off and open the door slightly. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate for 5- 6 hours or overnight (preferred). When the banana bread cheesecake is completely cooled, loosen from the ring of the pan and remove the ring.

Frosting:

  1. To make the cream cheese frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium-high speed in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.  Then gradually add the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat on high speed until smooth and creamy.
  2. Beat in 1-2 Tablespoons of sour cream, depending how thick or thin you want the frosting. Spread onto chilled cheesecake. Garnish with chopped walnuts, if desired.
  3. Cut into slices and serve chilled. Store leftover covered in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Recipe taken from omgchocolatedesserts.com

I’ll give it a shot on Sunday and let you know how my cake turns out, but I can’t guarantee that I won’t be the one eating it! Summer is on it’s way and I can’t afford to mess with my future summer body! Ha! The good thing about cake is that you can always share;) Just be sure to do it within your household for now. Keep rolling out the good times, and enjoy our extended time off. Happy Thursday everyone!

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