Thursday, January 10, 2013

Banana Split Cheesecake

Here is another recipe using the same simple creamed cheese filling I used in my last two posts.  I have another one tomorrow and then I'll let your imagination go and let you come up with your own ideas.  Hope you share them.  

2 cups graham crackers
1 stick butter
¼ cup sugar
Cheesecake filling:
2 cans (8 oz. each) Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) whipped cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
½ cup sugar
4 bananas
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 large frozen whipped topping
1 small jar maraschino cherries
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans  

This is an old recipe but I have modified it making it into a cheesecake. You can also use a instant or cooked vanilla pudding if you like.

Melt 1 stick butter and mix with 2 cups graham cracker crumbs and ¼ cup of sugar.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.  Mix the cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup of the sugar well until completely blended.  Spread over your graham cracker crust.   Bake for 30 minutes in a 325 degree oven and let cool.

Layer the sliced bananas and the sliced strawberries on top of the cheesecake, topping it with your favorite whipped topping.  Drain the maraschino cherries very well (let them sit in a sifter for a couple of minutes to prevent bleeding into the whipped cream) and place them on top to decorate your creation.  Sprinkle walnuts or pecans on top.  Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

It’s it beautiful?  The original recipe calls for pineapple layered with the bananas and strawberry, but I choose to leave them out.  You may add it, if you are a lover of pineapple.  You could also drizzle chocolate syrup on top to take it over the top.  I’d rather have the chocolate and leave out the pineapple.

If you’d like an easier version, use a ready made graham cracker or chocolate pie crust.  You may need to bake it a little longer because it will be a much thicker cheesecake in a 9 inch pie shell.  You will not need to use as much ingredients for topping either.

Be happy and may God bless you and yours.

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