We’re calling it a PB&J pie, but it’s the cream cheese that brings the richness to this creation. And when we say rich, we really mean it. It’s the kind of dessert that will stick to your ribs for the next couple of hours. I took a bite and immediately felt my blood thicken as the bite made it’s way down. And yes, whoever heard of a light cheesecake anyway, but I care about you so I just wanted to include a warning and special instructions. I share this recipe (which is ridiculously easy), but know that you can easily halve it to make a smaller cheesecake (that will be easier to eat around). Or make it the way I did and then pace yourself. Think of what a regular slice looks like and then take only half that. Of course, if you happened to be planning for winter hibernation or something, then go ahead, have a slice or three.
It’s a pretty looking thing though, don’t you think?
For the cracker crust:
2 cups graham cracker, crushed
1/2 cup ground peanuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 stick unsalted butter
1 banana, mashed
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
For the filling:
2 bars of cream cheese, 8 oz each
3/4 cup sugarless peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the topping:
2 cups jam, jelly or fruit preserve of your choice
1/2 cup mixed nuts, semi-crushed
Make your cracker crust. Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF degrees. In a bowl, mix crushed graham crackers, ground peanuts, sugar, mashed banana, melted unsalted butter and spices until well-blended and dry ingredients are moist. Press mixture onto a well greased pie pan or deep dish. Spread evenly. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the crust becomes fragrant. Set aside.
Make your cream cheese filling. Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF degrees. Beat eggs, cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract. bake for 20-30 minutes or until filling is set. Set aside to cool.
Assemble your cheesecake. Spread jam, jelly or fruit preserve of your choice evenly on top of your baked cheesecake. Sprinkle crushed peanuts on top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Have a slice. A sensible-sized slice. You’ve been warned.