Banoffee Pie

Before, during, and after boiling.

I have to admit that the idea of banoffee pie is a new concept for me. My first idea of it was this summer in ice cream form from my local ice cream shop, The Scoop. I love anything and everything toffee candy, so for there to be toffee dessert (WITH BANANAS) that I hadn’t heard of made me sad that I’ve lived 30+ years without this in my life. After that afternoon at The Scoop I started seeing banoffee everywhere (like when you get a new car and start seeing it everywhere) I took that as a sign I need to figure out how to make this.

Exhibit A

I started looking into old southern recipes to find recipes for this pie there. It just seemed like something that was created in the south but I was surprised to learn that it’s not a southern dish at all. It’s was actually created in the ‘70s by an English restaurant.  Which now that I think of it makes perfect sense because toffee is about the most English candy there is. Then the fact that there’s a biscuit crust, should have been a dead giveaway. As you know the English is known for their fantastic cuisine so again should have assumed this was English, ha.

Pay no attention to the fact I only painted one hand of nails. #diditforthegram

I don’t remember what cooking show I was watching but they had to cook on the street with the unconventional cooking methods, and one cook put a can of sweetened condensed milk in the hotdog water of a street cart.  ever since then, I’ve wanted to try it, but never did, until this recipe. So I stuck a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water and let it simmer for a couple of hours. What I didn’t know is that the plan is not a great plan, people say it’s a safety hazard and a danger. I say “I laugh in the face of danger, hahaha” okay maybe Simba said that but I agree. But if you don’t want to live dangerously you can pour a can into a small shallow baking dish cover it with foil then place that into a bigger dish then (this is important) place that dish into the oven before you fill the bigger dish with water to about halfway up the small dish. Bake at 400˚ for an hour. Not only is it (potentially) a safer way to make the filling but you can also see if the toffee is dark enough (see exhibit A). Either way, you do it it’s going to be tasty.

Yield: 1 pie

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

A classic English dessert, toffee, bananas, and a little chocolate how can you go wrong? Also pairs nicely with a pot of earl grey tea.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Graham Crackers
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 12oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2-3 ripe Bananas
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Dark Chocolate Shavings

Instructions

  1. Decide how you're going to cook the toffee, 1st way is to take the label off the can of sweetened condensed milk place sideways in a medium saucepan cover with water and boil in the stovetop for 90 minutes. 2nd way, pour a can into a small shallow baking dish cover it with foil then place that into a bigger dish then (this is important) place that dish into the oven before you fill the bigger dish with water to about halfway up the small dish. Bake at 400˚ for an hour.
  2. Place graham crackers into a food processor until it turns to crumb or place the crackers into a bag and bang them with a hammer (meat mallet). Mix in the melted butter, it should look darker because of the moister and starting to come together.
  3. Spray a tart pan with nonstick spray or coat with a thin layer of butter. Pour the crumb crust into the pan and press into an even layer making sure to go up the sides a little. Then bake at 350˚ for 5-7 minutes or in your 400˚ oven for 3-5 minutes but don't go far and let that crust get too brown. Let cool completely.
  4. Once the toffee has thickened and become a deep golden brown pour the toffee into the cooled crust and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.
  5. Slice the bananas about 1/4 of an inch thick and place decoratively on the top of the cooled toffee.
  6. Place the heavy whipping cream into a bowl with the powdered sugar and beat until it becomes whipped cream.
  7. Garnish the pie with dark chocolate shaving and serve with a big dollop of whipped cream.
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