Have you ever seen anything so delicious?! I’m amazed by my Facebook fan Loraine’s Banana Foster Cheesecake recipe!

1½ cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
½ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ cup butter, melted
17 vanilla wafers
2 ripe bananas, diced
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
whipped cream and vanilla wafers for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together crushed vanilla wafers, chopped pecans, and melted butter. Press into bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Stand 17 vanilla wafers around edge of pan with rounded sides facing outward. Press them gently into the crust. In a small saucepan, combine bananas and lemon juice. Stir in brown sugar, using 2 tablespoons if your bananas are super ripe and 3 tablespoons if they are medium ripe. Cook over medium heat until brown sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Gradually add granulated sugar. Add eggs, one at a time and stopping to scrape down sides of bowl after each addition. Do not over beat. Only beat until most of yellow disappears before adding next egg. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir banana mixture in until evenly mixed. Pour batter into springform pan on top of crust. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until center is almost set. Jiggle the pan to check. Turn oven off, open door about 6 inches and leave cheesecake in oven to cool for about 1 hour. Remove cheesecake to counter to cool for another 30 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours before serving. You are now ready for your topping.

Topping Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons rum
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 bananas, peeled
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Topping Directions
In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar, rum, vanilla and cinnamon. When mixture begins to bubble, place bananas and pecans in pan. Cook until bananas are hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour over top of cake. Enjoy!

Recipe by Loraine V. Walker.