Thursday, February 27, 2014

Banana Cheesecake Foster Lasciviousness

In 1951, Chef Paul Blangé, created a banana dessert at the request of his boss at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans. A magazine was doing a feature article and needed a special exciting dessert for the cover!
His work of pure genius was called “Bananas Foster”.
This wonderful southern dish was not named for
Stephen Foster as so many have guessed. No, it was named instead for Richard Foster.
Far from being the South's favorite song writer: This Mr. Foster owned the Foster Awning Company and was a frequent customer of Brennan's. Ah such is the course of trade.
Who knew it would be such a hit? It is estimated that Brennan's go through 35,000 lbs of Bananas every year, all flambeed for this one dessert.
Well slave is not going to set fire to this, although it does make for a VERY impressive sight. Besides, it might melt the cheesecake! An interesting twist for this fine old indulgence. Slave hopes you will approve.

Pie Crust
1 Lg size pre-made graham cracker crumb pie crust.

2 (@8oz) low fat cream cheese softened to room temperature
½ cup sugar
3 large Eggs
2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 tubs (5.3oz) No Fat Greek style yogurt unflavored
Instant Banana cream pudding and pie filling

4-5 bananas
4 Tablespoons butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
½ c dark rum

Meringue Ingredients:
4 egg whites
1 pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons
confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

With an electric mixer whip-soften the cream cheese. Gradually add sugar about a third at a time and scrape down the bowl with each addition. Next the banana pudding mix, then the eggs one at a time with more scraping of the sides of the bowl. Now the rest with be done by wooden spoon.

  • Add vanilla and yogurt. Stir vigorously!
  • With the prepared crust sitting on a cookie sheet, spoon – pour the mixture to near the top. You will end up with more than you need. slave keeps some ramekins handy. Pour any extra filling into them and bake alongside. This give you an excellent “sample” to taste test!
  • Bake for at at least 45 minutes. The very center will still be jiggly but not the outside edge. The filling will continue to cook and “set” after it is out of the oven. Let it cool for about ½ hour – then chill covered in refrigerator overnight.

Bananas Foster Topping:
  • 4-5 bananas
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ c dark rum
  • Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add sugar and whisk in until smooth. Slice bananas on a diagonal and add to skillet. Pour in the rum and stir gently to coat. Pour onto cold cheesecake leaving about ½ to the edge.

Steps to make Meringue Topping:
Feel free to copy and paste for any recipe!
Step 1:
Make sure your egg whites and equipment
are clean. Even the smallest drop of oil (like a touch of yoke) will keep it from making the best volume.

Step 2:
wait until the Egg Whites are at room temperature! They whip higher.
Step 3: Add a pinch of cream of tartar — it's an acid. That stabilizes and adds volume. If you don't have cream of tartar, use a touch of lemon juice.

Step 4: First whip just the whites until it gets foamy and starts to get thicker. Then, slowly add confectioners' sugar — this stuff will not weigh down the meringue and it melts into the whites quicker.

Step 5: Continue whipping on high speed until it's thick and foamy, like shaving cream. Whip until stiff peaks form. You will know it is ready to use if it has grown to about three times its volume and is glossy. STOP, take it out and use it!

Step 6: Use a spatula to spread this thickly over the top. MAKE SURE that you take it all the way to the edges and leaves no gaps. This will make a thermal seal. That way the meringue cooks but does not let what is under it melt.

(This is the secret to Baked Alaska - You know: the cake and ice cream baked desert. Ever wonder why the ice cream didn't melt? That is why!)
Other than making the seal, be creative and swirl the stuff around, just don't make it smooth – how boring!
Bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden.

Slave just might have splashed a bit too rum at the last, but DOES NOT recommend it at all! Too much of a good thing is still too much!

Hope you enjoy slave's take on this fine old classic.

Happy to be serving my Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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