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Hummingbird Cheesecake Recipe

Filled with banana and pineapple, this soft cheesecake is a refreshing finale for a holiday meal. Sweetened whipped cream makes the perfect garnish. —Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.+ chilling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup toasted ground pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan; set aside.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in pineapple and banana. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan.
  • 5. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Garnish cheesecake with whipped cream. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 560 calories, 44 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 191 mg cholesterol, 321 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.