Banoffee Pie is an English dessert. Keira Knightley’s character brings banoffee pie to Andrew Lincoln’s character’s home in Love Actually (see here). Love Actually is a Christmas movie (at least in my book). Therefore, December is the perfect time to bring banoffee pie to a holiday party
Banoff-a-whut? Banoffee pie is layered with
crack gooey toffee, bananas and whipped cream with a crumbly crust made of digestives. And I swear it’s way more appetizing than that sounds.
Banoffee Pie (via Saveur.com)
SERVES 8 [I was able to make a full 9" pie PLUS 12 individual mini pies in a cupcake mold]
For the pie crust:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 10-oz. package of digestive biscuits, such as McVities brand [I picked up Sweetmeal digestives at World Market. I couldn't find them at my standard big name grocery store :/]
For the filling:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup (4 oz) packed dark brown sugar
1 14-oz. can condensed milk, such as Carnation brand
4 bananas [I found 3 were more than plenty]
1 pint heavy cream
1. Make the crumb crust: Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor until you get a fine crumb texture. Transfer to a bowl and stir in melted butter. Press into a 9″-diameter tart base with a removable bottom [A regular pie pan works perfectly fine here. The removable bottom is nice to have if you're displaying the pie on a pretty cake stand]. Press the mixture up the sides of the tart form with the back of a spoon. Chill the crust in refrigerator for at least one hour.
2. Make the toffee: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and melt over low heat. Add the condensed milk and bring the mixture to a boil for a few minutes, stirring continuously. The toffee should darken slightly. Pour the filling into the crust. Cool and chill again for at least one hour until the caramel is firm. [This took 2 full hours for me]
3. To serve, remove the tart from the pan and carefully transfer to a serving plate. Slice the bananas and place them in a single layer on top of the caramel. Whip the cream and spoon it over the toffee and bananas, sealing the filling in. Sprinkle the top of the pie with grated chocolate.
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