If you love bananas and caramel and much as me then this recipe for Banana Tower Cheesecake will make you want to run to the kitchen right now to make it! Even though it looks quite fancy, it is really easy to make.
- 1 pk. golden grahams crushed (1 1/4 cups)
- 4 T. Melted butter
- 3 8oz packages of cream cheese softened to room temperature.
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 ½ Tsp. vanilla
- 2/3 Cup sour cream
- 3 eggs (room temperature)
- 2 – 3 bananas
- Caramel sauce/topping
- Walnuts (optional – a sprinkled a few on each banana tower)
- Prepare a 9” springform pan by spraying with anti-stick baking spray.
- Mix crushed graham crackers with melted butter and press firmly into 9” springform pan. Place in oven heated to 325 degrees and bake for 7 minutes.
- Blend cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with hand mixer on medium speed 1-2 minutes until well mixed.
- Add the sour cream and blend 1 minute.
- Add the eggs one by one, mixing on low just until all ingredients are blended together.
- Pour over crust and bake at 325 degrees for 40-50 minutes. I use a confection setting on my oven, baked for 43 minutes until center was almost set. Times may vary depending on oven setting and type of springform pan you are using.
- Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before cutting.
- Using one banana, mash with a potato masher to create a “banana sauce” with thick chunks.
- Using a small round cookie cutter, cut circles straight down through your cheesecake. Remove very carefully to ensure that cheesecake stays together. Place one cheesecake round on the bottom of your dessert plate and cover with 2-3 fresh banana slices, 1 tsp. of crushed banana sauce, and then drizzle caramel sauce over the top.
- Carefully remove the crust off of the next round with a knife and place on top of the sliced bananas. Top the cheesecake with 3 banana slices, 1 Tablespoon of crushed banana sauce, caramel drizzle and nuts (optional). I used walnuts in this delicious banana tower.