Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banoffee Pie

My first introduction to banoffee pie was at Delicious and I was so impressed by the flavours that melded together so nicely. My friend and I actually attempted to make it for a dessert cooking competition in school as the theme was fruits. (We didn't win though!Guess it was a little too simple huh?) It doesn't even require baking in the oven but it sure is a dessert I know many would just love!
As I was saying, it's really simple to make! Bash some digestive cookies and add some melted butter to it. We used salted butter to help balance out the sweetness from the toffee. However, remember that you do need a loose bottom cake tin, or detachable tart tin!
 The toffee is very simple with just 3 simple ingredients: Condensed milk, brown sugar and some butter.
 We decided to add a little twist to this recipe. We added some peanut butter to give it a little kick and richness.

  • 3/4 a bag of digestive biscuits (base)
  • 150g of melted butter (base)
  • 2 tbsp of butter (toffee)
  • 250g of condensed milk (toffee)
  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar (toffee)
  • 8 small bananas (or as much as you need to cover the base)
  • 250ml of whipped cream
  • 3 tbsp of peanut butter (Optional)

  1. Crush the digestive biscuits till there are no large lumps of biscuits left. Pour the melted butter into the biscuit crumbs and mix well.
  2. Press the crumb mixture into your tart tin. Make sure you pat it down tightly so that it wont break off when you cut into it. You could use the back of a spoon to smoothen out the crumbs. Refrigerate the base while making the toffee.
  3. Pour the condensed milk into a saucepan and add the butter and brown sugar. Put it on the heat until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth. The longer you leave it on the heat, the browner it gets.
  4. If you're adding the peanut butter, put the peanut butter into the microwave until melted. But do be careful as the peanut butter can burn. Spread the peanut butter onto the chilled base. Spread it fast as the heat from the peanut butter will start melting the butter in the base. Chill in the fridge.
  5. Slice the bananas and arrange them onto the base. 
  6. Pour the toffee over the bananas.
  7. Whisk the whipped cream till stiff and spread. (We cheated cause we had whipped cream from the tin. But I do not recommend the tinned ones)

It's so much easier than it looks like! Give this recipe a try. You won't regret it! :)

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