I have to admit that the first time I heard of banoffee pie was while I was watching Love Actually. The odd sounding word, which is apparently a portmanteau of banana and toffee, got stuck in my head until I had to research what the hell this apparently ‘terrible’ pie was.
Sweet, buttery biscuit crumb base or sweet pastry base… yes, yes, yes to both.
Toffee or caramel… I love toffee AND caramel.
Banana… Bananas are good.
Sweetened whipped cream… I can take it or leave it.
Chocolate shavings… Oh hell yes!
Um, what exactly is so terrible about this pie? Provided you like all the above mentioned ingredients, absolutely nothing at all!
Enjoy this no-cook version of Banoffee Pie while I run along to experiment with a baked version… I’ll keep you posted…
- 250g of your favourite plain biscuits for biscuit base (such as Granita, Marie or digestive biscuits)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 125g butter (melted)
- 300ml whipping thickened cream
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 380g can Nestle Caramel Top ‘n’ Fill (or dolce de leche)
- 2 bananas (thinly sliced)*
- 50g dark chocolate (grated)
- Using a food processor, or a plastic bag and a rolling pin, process the biscuits until fine crumbs are formed.
- Add the brown sugar and the melted butter and process or stir until well combined.
- Lightly grease a 23cm tart tin with a removable base, and then press the biscuit mixture evenly over the base and sides of the tin.
- Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the thickened cream and white sugar together in a bowl until soft peaks form. Set aside for the moment.
- Remove the biscuit base from the tart tin and place onto a serving platter.
- Gently spread the caramel over the base evenly. Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on top of the caramel.
- Top with dollops of whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings. Serve.
* Remember to not slice the bananas too early as they will turn brown and look unappealing. One the biscuit base has been cooling for an hour and is holding together well, the pie does not take long to put together, so don’t sacrifice your bananas!