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Bake up this Banana Pudding Cheesecake by Xavier Wilkes, excerpted from Amplifying Black Culinarians. 🍌

Makes 2 whole cheesecakes (8-inch pans)

CRUST
10 oz Pepperidge Farms Chessmen Cookies
1 c unsalted butter, melted
1 c sugar

FILLING
32 oz cream cheese
1 ½ c sugar
½ c heavy cream
1 ½ t vanilla extract
7 oz ripe bananas, mashed
4 oz eggs
1 ½ T all-purpose flour

GLAZE
3 oz banana, diced
1 ½ c brown sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 T unsalted butter
1 c bourbon
¾ c orange juice

WHIPPED CREAM
64 oz heavy cream
1 t vanilla extract
1 c sugar

TO MAKE CRUST

In a large bowl, crush cookies into crumbs. Then add sugar and melted butter to the bowl and mix until well incorporated. The mixture should feel and look like sand.

Press crust mixture into 8-inch pie pans and set aside.

TO MAKE FILLING

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, cream, and sugar until smooth. Add in mashed bananas and flour and then one egg at a time, until well combined.

Fill the pie crusts with the filling, then bake for at 400 degrees for 4 minutes before dropping the temperature to 250 degrees and baking an additional 30-40 minutes. When done baking, remove from oven and let cool completely.

TO MAKE GLAZE

In a medium mixing bowl, mix diced banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until combined.

In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon butter until melted and then add banana mixture and stir to combine with butter. Add bourbon and flambé until the alcohol has cooked off. Add orange juice and cook until the bananas are glazed and there the liquid in the pan is a syrup consistency.

Add bananas foster glaze to the top of the cooled cheesecake.

TO FINISH WITH TOPPINGS

In a large stand mixer, mix heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Fold in vanilla extract and sugar until well blended to form whipping cream.

Top cheesecake with whipped cream and additional halved Chessman cookie pieces and Bananas Foster syrup

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