How to make it

  • To Make the graham cracker crust

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Beat butter and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer at medium-high speed. Add graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Add mashed banana and peanuts and mix well. Press mixture into bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and set. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  • Make the banana cheesecake filling

  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  • Peel bananas and place in food processor bowl. Cover and process until bananas are pureed. Remove banana puree and place in bowl. Stir in lemon juice and set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese in mixing bowl until smooth, using electric mixer at medium speed. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add mascarpone cheese and beat 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and banana puree and blend well. Pour over crust.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until filling still looks jiggly and underbaked. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Cheesecake will set and be firm to the touch.
  • Assemble the cheesecake

  • Cut a piece of parchment paper or food-grade acetate to fit around the side of cheesecake. Loosen cheesecake using a small knife. Remove side of springform pan.
  • Place chocolate in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50% power) for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave 30 seconds more or until chocolate is softened. Stir until smooth and let cool.
  • Spread cooled chocolate evenly on strip of parchment paper. Allow chocolate to set up partially so that it is not longer wet to the touch, but is still malleable. Press chocolate-covered strip directly onto side of cheesecake. Refrigerate cheesecake until chocolate is set. Peel off parchment paper.
  • Slice bananas on the diagonal. Place butter and brown sugar into skillet. Cook until mixture comes to a boil and is smooth, stirring constantly. Add bananas and heat until bananas are caramelized. Remove banana slices from mixture, one at a time, and place on plate. Arrange bananas on top of cheesecake in concentric circles. Serve immediately.
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