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Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie. A dessert favourite in the UK. This luscious banana, caramel toffee, cream, graham cracker crust delight will have everyone at the table asking for seconds. Better make two!

Banoffee Pie - caramel toffee, bananas, and whipped cream all in a graham cracker crumb crust!

Banoffee Pie

UPDATE!! I entered this recipe in NBC TV Today Show Home Chef Challenge and won with 70% of the vote! We’ve had plenty of positive feedback and rave reviews on this recipe because of that exposure.Thanks to all who voted for this luscious pie!

Those who know me will tell you that I am very fond of British TV, in particular their excellent selection of cooking programs. Although more an entertainment program than a cooking show, Come Dine With Me is one I watch often.

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Give ripe bananas a brand new life! Slightly speckled bananas are perfect for this recipe.

It features several contestants who each throw a dinner party on successive evenings. Then,  they are rated on their food and hosting skills by their competitors.

This very popular show has been running very successfully, almost non-stop since 2005.

- caramel toffee, bananas, and whipped cream all in a graham cracker crumb crust!

Banoffee Pie

Don’t assume that these are all accomplished cooks however. There are usually a couple of competent cooks in the mix but this is British TV after all!

Different strokes for different folks.

The British eccentric is almost always well represented in the mix of competitors. Naturally, these eccentrics often serving as a foil to a “posh” contender in the group.

One recent show I watched featured a self described “nomad” who’s diet was heavily subsidized by roadkill. A roadside freshly found unfortunate pheasant served as the filling for her appetizer meat pie.

She fed this questionable pie to a posh housewife and a millionaire playboy. In addition, the third guest a comic chap who’s Coronation Street themed party saw him cross dressing as venerable Rovers Return landlady Bette Lynch.

If you cannot recognize the comic possibilities in that mix, you might want to consider a funny bone transplant.

Banoffee Pie - caramel toffee, bananas, and whipped cream all in a graham cracker crumb crust!

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie. A modern British institution.

The show also is a window into some of the most common dishes in current British cuisine.

I don’t know who popularized baked monkfish wrapped in parma ham with the British public.  However, judging by it’s popularity on the plate in Come Dine With Me, it must be a now ubiquitous dish in the collective culinary consciousness.

I suspect it’s simplicity of preparation with just enough of a “gourmet” association to those contestants without an extensive cooking repertoire accounts for its popularity.

Similarly, a very common “pudding” to end the meal on many episodes is the Banoffee Pie.  My research tells me has been extremely popular across the pond since the early 70’s.

A graham crumb crust in a springform pan holds the filling for the apple flan recipe.

I use a springform pan for the digestive biscuit or graham crumb crust which holds the filling.

While a graham crumb crust is practically universal for no-bake pies in North America, a digestive biscuit crumb crust seems to be more the standard in the British Isles. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to try a version of this recipe which also combines a sort of dulce de leche base filling topped with sliced bananas and whipped cream.

Banoffee Pie - caramel toffee, bananas, and whipped cream all in a graham cracker crumb crust!

Banoffee Pie

Having seen it prepared so many times, I could not help but try a version of it myself. The combination is quite rich and very delicious and proved to be very popular with my kids and some of their friends who visited yesterday and this morning only a few crumbs remain on the serving plate. This one is sure to please all ages and is well worth a try.

You might also like: Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie, a perfect make-ahead dessert!

Recipe and photo update March 14, 2017.

Banoffee Pie 2020 update.

This the caramel/dulce de leche in this recipe is often made in the UK just by boiling the can of sweetened condensed milk for an extended period of time. This will eliminate the need for making the caramel as outlined in the original recipe.

Learn more about making that sort of Caramel Dulce de Leche for this recipe here.

Caramel Dulce de Leche close up photo of a spoonfull scooped from the can

Caramel Dulce de Leche

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Banoffee Pie - caramel toffee, bananas, and whipped cream all in a graham cracker crumb crust!
Yield: 12 Servings

Banoffee Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Banoffee Pie. A dessert favourite in the UK, this luscious banana, caramel toffee, cream, graham cracker crust delight will have everyone at the table asking for seconds. Better make two!

Ingredients

For the Biscuit Base

  • 2¼ cups digestive biscuit crumbs or graham cracker crumbs, pulse biscuits in food processor
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar

For the Toffee Filling

  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ten oz can sweetened condensed milk, (300 ml)

For the Banana & Cream Topping

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas, sliced

Instructions

To prepare the base

  1. Mix together the crumbs, melted butter and sugar.
  2. Press into the bottom and sides of a lightly greased 9 inch springform pan, about an inch and a half up the sides of the pan will do.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 -12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack.

To prepare the Toffee Filling

  1. In a small saucepan combine the melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Bring to a slow boil until foamy, then add the sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Bring back to a slow boil over medium low heat. and cook stirring continuously for another 3 or 4 minutes or until the mixture darkens slightly.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into the prepared cookie crumb crust.
  5. Chill for 2 hours or more until thoroughly cooled.

To prepare the Bananas and Cream Topping

  1. Add the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract tot he bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat until firm peaks form then fold in the sliced bananas.
  2. Spread the Banana Cream Topping over the toffee filling and garnish the top of the pie with chocolate shavings if desired. Chill for about another hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 527Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 96mgSodium 248mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 2gSugar 40gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Holly

Saturday 21st of March 2020

I made this but instead of just putting bananas in whipped cream I made a banana custard and put a layer of that in before covering the whole thing with whipped cream. Made it so much better!

Kevin

Friday 29th of November 2019

Delicious! I made this pie for a competition at my work and won! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Jacqlyn Birbas

Wednesday 13th of March 2019

When should i remove the springform pan? Before I add the banana cream or after?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

After is best to maintain the sides.

Alison

Sunday 21st of October 2018

I have made this pie several times using another recipe. I made yours for a dinner party and have to say it was amazing and a hit with all. The Mcviies crust was perfection as was the toffee. This will definitely be my go to recipe from now on...thankyou

Melody

Saturday 8th of September 2018

I tried your recipe and it turned out fantastic! My only question was regarding the whipped cream. Mine tastes very bland, which is fine when eaten with everything else but not a great taste in the mouth if you only have the whipped mixture on your fork. Any suggestions to give it some flavor? Maybe add more vanilla extract? Otherwise it was absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for the easy recipe!

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

More vanilla. and make sure you shake the bottle. All the flavour tends to settle to the bottom with good vanilla extract.

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