Cheesecake, Banana - dairy

Posted by : Claudia

The carmelized banana and lower fat content makes
for an interesting spin on cheesecake for Shavuot.

Developed by cookbook author Jeanne Jones, this
rich-tasting cheesecake is a lower-fat (I can't
imagine the original!) version of one found at the
Cafe del Rey in Marina del Rey, California.  I
found this cheesecake to be surprisingly tasty --
and I typically enjoy cheesecakes of the
artery-clogging variety. [laugh]

CARAMELIZED BANANA CHEESECAKE

     3 ounces (3/4 cup) pecans
     2 tablespoons light butter, divided use
     1/4 cup light brown sugar
     2 bananas, thinly sliced (1 cup)
     2 teaspoons dark rum (optional)
     8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
     8 ounces light cream cheese, softened
     1 cup sugar, divided use
     1/2 cup light sour cream
     1 egg, lightly beaten
     2 egg whites, lightly beaten

     Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place the pecans
in the oven and toast them for about 8 minutes.
Check frequently because they will burn easily;
set aside. Leave oven on.

     Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a nonstick
skillet over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar
and cook, stirring frequently, until melted. Add
the sliced bananas and continue cooking until the
bananas are caramelized and soft enough to be
mashed with the back of a spoon. Remove from the
heat and set aside. If using, stir in the rum.

     Combine the fat-free cream cheese, light
cream cheese and 3/4 cup of the sugar in a large
bowl and mix until completely blended. Add the
sour cream, egg and egg whites and mix well. Add
the caramelized banana mixture and again mix well.

     Put the remaining tablespoon of butter,
remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the toasted pecans in
a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Grind
until the consistency of fine gravel and put the
mixture in the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.
Pack it down firmly using the palm of your hand.
Pour the filling mixture over the crust. Place the
pan in a large pan and add water to a depth of 2
inches. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1-1/2
hours, or until firm to the touch.

     - Makes 12 servings. Each serving contains
approximately 203 calories; 30 mg cholesterol; 9
gm fat; 132 mg sodium; 4 gm protein; 27 gm
carbohydrates.

Enjoy!
Claudia     Hawai'i

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