Recipe Roadtest: Banoffee Pie

Before Brangelina, TomKat and Bennifer, the only celebrity couple that mattered was Banoffee – that classic combination of banana and toffee. The subtle flavour and texture of the banana is a perfect foil to the sticky, indulgent caramel and, combined with a biscuit crumb crust and fluffy whipped cream topping, make one of the greatest desserts of all time.

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

What you’ll need:

  • 20cm spring-form tin, greased

For the base:

  • 150g butter, melted
  • 250g digestive biscuits, crushed

For the caramel:

  • 100g butter
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 375g condensed milk

For decoration:

  • 4 small bananas
  • 300ml whipping cream, lightly whipped
  • Grated chocolate (optional)

What to do:

1. To make the base, mix the crushed digestive biscuits and melted butter in a bowl until just combined enough to hold its shape. Press the mixture into the base and half-way up the sides of the prepared tin to form a pie crust. Leave to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. 2014-05-25 10.55.202. To make the caramel, melt the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over low heat, constantly stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time to create a thick golden caramel (I used muscovado sugar as that’s all we had in the pantry, and I also boiled the caramel for too long, which is why the caramel in the photo below is probably darker than you’d expect). 2014-05-25 10.56.333. Spread half the caramel over the base, and layer with banana slices. Repeat with the remaining caramel and chill the pie for at least 1 hour, until firm or until ready to serve. 2014-05-25 11.25.054. Spoon enough of the whipped cream over the banana and caramel to create a smooth layer. Arrange sliced bananas over the whipped cream. 2014-05-25 13.26.26v25. Top with the remaining whipped cream and decorate with bananas or grated chocolate if desired. 2014-05-25 14.26.476. Serve and enjoy the perfect pairing of gooey caramel and squishy banana 🙂 Oh and I suppose the whipped cream and biscuit crumbs don’t hurt either! 2014-05-28 21.03.22Notes

  • You may need to increase the amount of melted butter to ensure you get the right consistency for the biscuit crumb base so it doesn’t crumble when you serve it
  • The base was still not completely set when we first served the pie ( a few hours after we made it); by the next day it was fully set
  • We used two large bananas in this pie, but if we were to make it again, I would put in more bananas so that the flavour is more balanced overall

Recipe adapted from Nestle Carnation

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