No bake banoffee cheesecake

My mum’s birthday was Friday, we went out that night and listened to live music at a local bar followed by presents and an Indian takeaway Saturday evening.

For my dad’s birthday I made a Double Decker cheesecake which was such a hit my mum requested a cheesecake for her birthday too. We chose banoffee which is one of her favourite flavours, it had a digestive base topped with mashed bananas, mascarpone and double cream for the filling, and decorated with pipped caramel and slices of fresh banana.

Happy Birthday mum! (Anyone else notice my side table is pretty much the same shade as the caramel?)

You will need.For the base
300g Digestives
150g Butter

For the filling
4 Bananas
2tsp icing sugar
4 drops of lemon juice (to stop the bananas discolouring)
250ml Double Cream
400g Mascarpone
50g Icing sugar
350g of Carnation Caramel

To decorate
150ml Double Cream
2tbsp Icing Sugar
40g of Carnation Caramel
1 banana chopped into slices

Method
Put the biscuits in a zip lock / sandwich bag and gently crush with a rolling pin, careful not to pierce the bag.

Melt the butter in the microwave on short burst, then combine with the crushed biscuit.

Tip into an 8″ round cake tin and smooth with a pallet knife.

Mash up the 4 bananas with the icing sugar and lemon juice then tip onto the base. Smooth with a pallet knife.

Whisk the mascarpone and icing sugar until smooth, then pour in the double cream.

Continue to whip the mixture until it starts to thicken and forms peaks.

Pour the mixture on top of the mashed bananas and smooth with a pallet knife.

Spoon the Carnation Caramel on top and smooth down again.

Leave to set in the fridge overnight.

Once the cheesecake has set, remove from the tin. Whip the double cream, icing sugar and the Carnation Caramel until it is pipeable.

Using a large star nozzle pipe around the circumference of the cheesecake and some in the centre, and add a slice of banana between each. I also drizzled some caramel between the banana slices and topped the middle with white chocolate curls.

Enjoy!

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