Banoffee Pie

This decadent pie will satisfy any sweet tooth. Layers of dulce de leche, banana, and whipped cream will transport you to a state of no worries. It’s so dreamy, you won’t want to wake up!

Banana + Toffee = Banoffee. This delicious duo of flavors seems as right as rain. Topped with whipped clouds of cream and shaved chocolate and it becomes an ultra luxurious pie that is sure to impress your friends. Unless you decide not to share. We wouldn’t blame you.

We made this delightful dessert for my husbands birthday. He was born and raised in London, England. The kids and I wanted to make him a special dessert that we knew he would love and that would also remind him of childhood. Then maybe he wouldn’t feel so old. Just kidding.

Banoffee Pie is very popular in England. Due to COVID circumstances, we were unable to get our hands on McVitie’s Digestives (an English cookie) to make our crust. McVitie’s Digestives are hugely popular in Europe and pair perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. You can find them at some major grocers, otherwise they can typically be found at World Market stores or other specialty stores, or you order them from Amazon. If you do get a pack of these biscuits, I highly recommend you use them for your crust! Or just top them with some dulce de leche, whip cream, and chocolate chips for a single serving treat!

Digestive Crust:

  • 10 Oz Digestives
  • 10 TBSP unsalted butter

Grease tart pan or pie dish. Melt the butter in large saucepan on the stove. Put Digestives in food processor and pulse until fine crumbs. Stir processed Digestives into melted butter and stir until evenly coated. Press crust mixture into tart pan or pie dish and place in the fridge for at least 20 min or until ready to use. No baking required!

In our video, we ask children to locate England on their globes, they’ll see it belongs to the continent of Europe. One very impactful personality from England is Tim Berners-Lee. He’s the founder of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the reason we have information readily available at our finger tips. Thanks to him, I’m able to share this recipe with all of you!

We first came across Time BL when playing Go Fish with our daughter. We’re big fans of The Purple Cow brand. They make every day games into educational opportunities. Which is exactly what I’m working to accomplish with baking. We have a couple of their Go Fish games, one being their Genius Thinkers edition, where we first encountered Tim BL. https://www.the-purple-cow.com/products_list/1/2121/Card%20Games

Tim BL invented the World Wide Web in 1989 and it has become the most powerful form of communication. It affects almost all aspects of contemporary life, such as, how we create/get news, research, shop, work, date, cook, etc. In 2004, Tim Berners-Lee was awarded knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he founded the World Wide Web Foundation, which seeks to established the Web as a human right and ensure it truly benefits humanity. (Artlyst.com)

“The Web connects people, not just computers. It belongs to all of us and its future will be shaped by the energy and creativity of all who use it.” – Tim Berners-Lee

I hope that in sharing all these sweet recipes, I’m shaping the Web with positive energy!

Click here to watch the video of us making this pie.

In the video, we made our dulce de leche by baking it in a water bath. It worked, but did not come out as thick as I would have liked. Below, I provide a different method. I’d say it’s even easier, and the result is fantastic.

This is a recipe you’ll want to keep on hand. Pull it out when you want to impress and delight your friends and family!

Prepare Your Ingredients:

  • 2 – 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 graham crackers
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp butter, for greasing pie dish
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • chocolate shavings or chocolate chips, for garnish

Kitchen Tools:

  • large pot
  • tongs
  • can opener
  • spatula
  • food processor
  • 9-inch tart pan or pie dish
  • cooling rack
  • large bowl
  • electric beaters

To make the dulce de leche (can be done the day before or several days ahead of time):

STEP 1: Remove the labels from the 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk.

STEP 2: Place the cans in a large pot of water, submerged by at least 2 inches of water.

STEP 3: Bring water to a boil.

STEP 4: Reduce heat to medium-high and keep at a low boil for 3 hours.

STEP 5: Make sure to check on the water level in the pot frequently. I added more water about every 45 minutes to maintain the water level. Keeping the cans submerged by at least 2 inches of water.

STEP 6: Turn off the stove and remove the cans from the pot using tongs. Cool to room temperature.

STEP 7: Open cans, pour into a medium sized bowl and stir well. Cover and keep in fridge until ready to use.

To make the crust:

STEP 1: Grease tart pan or pie dish with 1 Tbsp of butter. And pre-heat oven for 350 degrees F.

STEP 2: Break up graham crackers into the food processor.

STEP 3: Add melted butter.

STEP 4: Process until the mixture resembles wet sand.

STEP 5: Press the mixture evenly into the greased pie dish and and up the sides.

STEP 6: Bake the crust for 5 minutes.

STEP 7: Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.

Assemble the pie:

STEP 1: Using a flexible rubber spatula, spread the dulce de leche into the pie crust.

STEP 2: Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.

STEP 3: In a large bowl, beat the whip cream and 1 Tbsp of sugar until soft peaks form. Do not over beat.

STEP 4: Remove pie from the fridge and arrange banana slices over the layer of dulce de leche.

STEP 5: Top the banana with heaping spoonfuls of the whip cream. This will create a dreamy, cloud-like aesthetic.

STEP 6: Garnish with chocolate shavings or chocolate chips or lightly dust on some cocoa powder.

STEP 7: Devour a slice!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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