April 20, 2014

Love for the British

and Banoffee Pie.

Happy Easter everyone!  I had a splendid Easter myself!  Church, lunch with friends, dessert with more friends, and a nice run to burn off a small part of said dessert. 

I recently came across this dessert through my small obsession with London and English culture.  I had heard of banoffee pie before but had no idea what it was.  Thanks to Pinterest, all it took was a quick search.  Banoffee is basically short for Banana-toffee.  It's not super sweet like french silk or other americanized pies.  The richness comes more from all the butter and heavy cream. 

If you enjoy dessert, whipped cream, butter, bananas, or all of the above... make. this. pie.

 2 1/4 cup digestive biscuit crumbs.  (I know... what the heck is a digestive biscuit?  It's basically a British tea biscuit/cookie.  I found them in the British food section at Meijer.  Pulse them in the food processor until fine.  I only needed a small box of them.)
1/2 cup of butter-melted
3 tbsp sugar

*Combine and press into a pie pan.  The original recipe recommends using a 9" spring form pan.  I didn't have one, so I just used a pie plate.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Toffee Filling:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine and bring to a boil in a saucepan until foamy.  Keep an eye on it, stirring so it doesn't burn.

Then add 10 oz of sweetened condensed milk. 

Bring back to a boil stirring constantly.  Once it's boiling cook for 3 or 4 minutes until it darkens a bit.
Remove toffee from heat and pour into the crust.  This is where having a spring form pan would be better.  Using a pie plate doesn't allow enough room for all the toffee. 

Cool the toffee and crust in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more.

Cream Filling:
2 cups whipping cream
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat into soft peaks
Fold in 3-4 ripe bananas sliced.

Spread cream topping over the toffee filling.  Garnished with more bananas and/or shaved chocolate.

Then do everything in your power not to dive in face first.

God bless the British.

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