Planet Hollywood's Bananas Foster Cheesecake

Cheesecakes are decadent dessert choices all on their own. But at Planet Hollywood, the chef has combined the creamy concoction with bananas Foster for an over-the-top treat that's getting rave reviews from patrons. Foster sauce was developed at Brennan's in New Orleans in the 1950s. It's a velvety match of sliced bananas traditionally sauted in butter, brown sugar, rum and liqueur. For the Planet Hollywood presentation, the cheesecake slices are generously drenched in Foster sauce before serving.

Yield: 8 servings.

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/2 cups Nilla Vanilla Wafer Cookie crumbs
Butter for greasing baking pan
Flour for dusting baking pan
1/2 cup melted butter, clarified
Batter:
2 lbs. cream cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
8 oz. granulated sugar
8 oz. sour cream

Fosters sauce:

4 oz. butter
4 oz. brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 oz. banana liqueur
1 lemon
1/2 of an orange
Garnish:
Mint springs
Powdered sugar


Instructions:

1. Combine ground vanilla wafers and clarified butter. When the mixture is the consistency of moist cornmeal, you've added just the right amount of butter. When squeezed it should hold together easily.

2. Rub inside of a springform pan with butter. Dust sides and bottom with flour, discarding any powder that does not stick. Using your hands, tamp down the butter-wafer mixture forming a short wall up the side. When the mixture is even and all holes are filled in, bake the crust at 300 F for just a few minutes to set the shell.

3. For the filling, beat cream cheese until smooth. With machine running, add granulated sugar, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. With the machine running, add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla paste or extract and sour cream. Pour batter into prepared, cooled pan and level off with a spatula. Bake at 300 F for 40 minutes.

4. For the sauce, in a small saut� pan, cook brown sugar and butter slowly until the mixture liquefies. Add lemon juice, banana liqueur, orange juice and cinnamon. Bring mixture to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes and cool. In another saut� pan, saut� banana slices in sizzling butter. When browned on one side, douse the fruit with some of the Fosters sauce.

5. Cut cooled cheesecake into 8 portions. Top with Fosters sauce. Dust with powdered sugar and add a sprig of mint.