Banana Split Cheesecake
Contributed by Diane S.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes + refrigerating
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: makes large casserole dish about 18 servings

 Amount      Ingredient
 --------    -----------------------------
 2 C (~450g) Graham cracker crumbs (cookie or biscuit crumbs)
 1/3 C (75g) Butter or margarine, melted
 1 C (200g)  Sugar, divided
 3 pkg 8 oz  Cream cheese, softened (24 oz total or ~675g)
 1 tsp       Real Vanilla
 3           Eggs
 1/2 C       Mashed banana
 1 C         Halved Strawberries
 1           Banana, sliced, tossed with 1 tsp Lemon juice
 1 can (8 oz)Pineapple chunks, drained (8 oz or 2 dL)
 1/2 - 1 C   Bakers Chocolate Semi-Sweet, melt in microwave
                  (you decide how much)

MIX: crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup (75g) of the sugar.
Press onto bottom of 9x13 inch (23x 32.5 cm) baking pan.

MIX: cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup (75g) sugar and
vanilla with electric mixer until well blended.
Add eggs, mix until blended.  Stir in mashed banana.
Pour into crust.

BAKE:  at 350F (180C) for 30 minutes or until center
is almost set.  Cool.  Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

Top with strawberries, sliced banana and pineapple.
Sprinkle with nuts and drizzle with melted Baker's Semi-Sweet
baking chocolate, if desired.  Cut into squares.

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