We asked. You responded. In fact, the response was so overwhelming that the judges had a very difficult time narrowing it down to just one winner. After much consideration, we shortlisted the recipes down to the top five submissions, tested them in TigerChef’s very own kitchen, and gave them back to our panel of judges for tasting.
Congratulations to our winner Lindsay S. on her winning recipe- Banana Cheesecake.
1st place – Banana Cheesecake
Submitted by: Lindsay S.
1-1/2 C finely crushed graham crackers
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C butter, melted
4-1/2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 C sugar
3 T all-purpose flour
1-1/2 t vanilla
1/3 C milk
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 ripe bananas
1/2 C creme de banana
Preheat oven to 375°. For crust, in a medium bowl stir together crushed graham crackers and the 1/3 cup sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press the crumb mixture onto bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of an 10 inch springform pan; Place the crust-lined springform pan on a double layer of 18×12-inch heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bring edges of foil up and mold around sides of pan to form a watertight seal.
Puree bananas and creme de banana together in a food processor.
For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, the 1 1/2 cup sugar, the flour, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in milk until smooth. Stir in eggs and banana mixture. Pour into crust-lined pan. Place in a roasting pan and pour enough hot water around pan to reach halfway up the sides. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 ½ hours or until edges of cake are set but center jiggles a bit when pan is gently shaken. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for 1 hour.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen the crust from sides of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving.
To serve slice cheesecake with wire or sharp thin knife. Top with fresh whipped cream and sliced bananas. Decorate with a small amount of caramel sauce.