Banoffee pie...ever heard of it? If so, you know the deliciousness that I'm talkin' about! :-) If not, let me introduce you...ahem, Banoffee Pie meet my friends....friends meet Banoffee Pie. Oh, Banoffee Pie what are you, really...why the wierd-o name? Well, Banoffee Pie is an English dessert and it's name combines the names of the two major ingredients in it, Bananas + Toffee, which means it basically equals pure heaven.
If you have been chit-chatting with me on good 'ol Facebook you know full well that I have been binging on pie this past week. It's almost become a kind of sickness. The husband is not happy as he is really trying to do the gym thing this year and, well, pie every night for dessert certainly can be a big fat negative to calorie burning gym work-outs. Ahh, well. You win some you lose some.
For as decadent as this pie tastes, it's actually rather simple to make...and you know how I feel about easy recipes, we're like BFF's if you can be BFF's with a recipe. So, enjoy making this one...you won't be sorry.
Banoffee Pie -print this recipe HERE--
1 container of Milk Chocolate Hob Nobs ( or 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers)
4 tbsp of butter, melted
3 ripe bananas
1 can sweetened condensed milk (or dulce de leche)
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
4 tbsp powdered sugar
1 bar of chocolate
Fill a small saucepan 3/4 full with water and let water boil. Once water is boiling, place the unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in and cover with a lid. Let the milk boil for 2 hours which will allow the milk to carmelize.
In a tightly sealed ziploc bag, crush the Hob Nobs cookies with a rolling pin. In a medium bowl, mix together the cookie crumbles with the melted butter and place in the bottom of a springform or pie pan, patting down to form a crust. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Peel and slice the bananas and place on top of the cookie crust. Then open the can of sweetened condensed milk and pour over top. Place the pie in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. While waiting, pour the whipping cream into the bowl of an electric mixer and whip until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar to sweeten. Place the whipped cream over top of the toffee layer and sprinkle shaved chocolate bits on top as garnish.
Grab the goods...
First off (and you can do this days in advance too), fill a small saucepan with water and let boil. Add your UNopened can (or cans if you want to make extras to have on hand for later!) of sweetened condensed milk and cover the pan with a lid. You will probably need to add more water to your pan every 30-45 minutes or your water will evaporate so please don't leave it unattended for too long!!
You will need to let the can of milk boil for 2 hours so take that into account when making this pie...or you could just buy a can of Dulce De Leche in the Mexican food aisle of your grocery store and just cut out this step completely. I wouldn't blame you, I just think this part has such a cool end result...science nerd, I know, I'll own it.
Next up, making the crust.
Curious about what a Hob Nob is? Only one of the most delicious cookies known to man! They are a crunchy and slightly sweet English oat cookie...
And the milk chocolate ones are divine as they are dipped in chocolate on one side :-)
I have found Hob Nobs at my local grocery store in the 'ethnic' aisle, many times they are even on sale which is always weird to me. If you can't find them or just plain don't want to you could always use graham crackers or fudge stripe cookies too. Both make equally delicious pie crusts in my opinion.
Place the whole can of cookies in a large ziploc bag, let out all the air before sealing...
And crush 'em up nice and small with a rolling pin.
Pour the cookie crumbs into a bowl and add 4 tbsp of melted butter. Mix well.
Then pat your cookie/butter mixture into a springform pan or a pie pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, remove from your oven and let cool.
Next peel and slice your bananas nice and thin...
And layer them over the crust.
Now for the fun part.
Once your can of sweetened condensed milk is boiled, you will ever so carefully take it out of the pan of boiling water and let it cool...tongs and an oven mitt work beautifully. I usually run it under cold water for a bit and then place it in a cold water bath so I can get the pie finished faster though. The label will usually fall off in all the steam and boiling water too.
Open up that can and WHOA! Check it out...
Caramel-y toffee goodness!
Science is cool.
Pour the entire can over top of the banana layer...
And spread it all around, getting in to all the nooks and crannies.
Then put that pie in the fridge for about 20 minutes to let it set up for a bit.
While you are waiting you could tap your toes, clean your house or who are we kidding, whip up your whipping cream. Be sure to add in your powdered sugar while your waiting for stiff peaks to form.
Now go on, spread the love all over the top of your pie :-)
Then grab your chocolate bar and either use your veggie peeler or a grate of some sort and make yourself some chocolate-y garnish...
And, BAM! You have yourself a very English dessert to partake in after dinner.
Or before dinner...
It's your call!
Do you see those banana and toffee layers?