Banoffee Pie

When Juliet {Kiera Knightley} pleads with Mark {Andrew Lincoln} at his doorstep in Love Actually, for video footage from her wedding day, she bribes him with a box of banoffee pie. The moment she uttered the words, “banoffee pie,” I knew I wanted to try it. You see, I have an affinity for words and banoffee is one that strikes me. It rolls off the tongue in a playful manner and it’s a made up word, stemming from banana and toffee. Cheers to the British for bringing banoffee to our language and dessert to our bellies.

My banoffee moment came when a friend returned from a holiday in Dublin. I was invited over for a Dublinesque dessert….and what to my wondering eyes should appear? A BANOFFEE PIE!!! Ecstatic to finally fulfill my quest of filling my belly full of banoffee, I was most obviously, overjoyed.

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For those of you unfamiliar with banoffee pie make some. It is quite good and hardly requires baking, plus bananas are good for you.  It’s namely a brown-butter-biscuit-base, dulce de leche, bananas, whipped cream and chocolate.

Banoffee Pie
Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

9oz graham crackers

4oz butter, melted, plus extra for greasing {add browned butter for a rich taste}

14oz dulce de leche {Nestle makes a can which can be found in Latin markets called: La Lechera Dulce de Leche}  otherwise, use a can of sweetened condensed milk and follow these instructions:

All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk and a pot of water. Remove the label from the can and add two holes to the top (either with a hammer and nail or a simple can opener) to prevent the cans from exploding. Place in a large pot with water (enough to reach almost the top of the cans). Bring the water to a simmer and cook until that beautiful golden color is achieved. There’s no stirring required here, but be sure that you keep adding water to the pot as it has a tendency to evaporate. If you want a soft dulce de leche, cook for three hours; for a harder one it could take up to five.

3 bananas, peeled and sliced

2 tbsp sugar

½ pint whipping cream, whipped until soft peaks form

2 tbsp grated dark chocolate

Place the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the melted butter, mixing well to combine.

Place the mixture into a lightly greased 8-inch loose-bottomed cake pan and press down into the base and up along the sides. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

To make the whipped cream, use a chilled metal bowl. Place the sugar into the mixing bowl and add the whipping cream. Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks.

Spoon the dulce de leche over the biscuit base, and then cover with a layer of sliced bananas. Spoon the whipped cream on top and decorate with grated chocolate.

Slice into wedges and serve.

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