Baked Banana Cheesecake—Prototype 4:
There are quite a few changes from Prototype 3 for the crust, based on refinements done to other cheesecake flavors earlier in 2013.

The batter has greatly changed as well, as reflected in Prototype 1 of my chocolate banana cheesecake. But I reasoned that the batter's banana flavor in that one was somehow overpowering. So I would repeat its banana batter, but reduce the puree and arrowroot for the latest banana-only prototype presented here.
2-to-1 Blend of Yogurt Cheese and Cottage Cheese:
Prepare ahead of time 16 ounces of yogurt cheese, derived from one 32-ounce container of nonfat yogurt. If the resulting yogurt cheese falls below 16 ounces, add back enough of the whey (that was strained out from the yogurt) to make up the difference. To this yogurt cheese combine 8 ounces (1 cup) of whipped, lowfat cottage cheese.

2 oz. banana puree (note: the puree here is optional—use it if a banana-flavored crust is desired)
1 oz. melted, white chocolate
1/2 cup (4 oz.) 2-to-1 blend of yogurt cheese and cottage cheese (see above)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 oz. All-Bran, ground up

Pour this crust mixture into pan (9 to 9 1/2 inches) and pre-bake without tub at 300 degrees for 5 minutes, then cool enough to comfortably touch at least the pan's upper sidewall.

2 tablespoons melted or softened butter
5/8 cups granulated sugar
6 ounces of banana puree
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 2/3 tablespoons arrowroot
20 oz. (2 1/2 cups) 2-to-1 blend of yogurt cheese and cottage cheese (see above)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Pour on top of crust. Then bake in tub at 300 degrees for 90 minutes (if using a 9 1/2" pan), cool (outside of oven and tub) for another 90 minutes, remove from pan and refrigerate.

Banana Cheesecake—Prototype 4

I opted for including banana puree in the crust.

The batter had a nice banana taste which was not too dominant—it was just about right, along with a slight tang. The crust had a delicious banana flavor as well. The whole cheesecake, served among a modest selection of refreshments, was gone in about half an hour at Living Hope Church.

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