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!
Originally published August 2011.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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!
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
To prepare the base
- Mix together the crumbs, melted butter and sugar.
- 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.
- 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
- In a small saucepan combine the melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
- Bring to a slow boil until foamy, then add the sweetened condensed milk.
- 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.
- Remove from heat and pour into the prepared cookie crumb crust.
- Chill for 2 hours or more until thoroughly cooled.
To prepare the Bananas and Cream Topping
- 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.
- 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.
Serving Size1 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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When do you add in the sliced bananas? By the picture they are added to the topping but do you just fold them in before spreading on top of the pie?
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My mum-in-law makes the best banoffee pie and agree with your edit about the dulcet de leche - she just adds the (still sealed) can of sweet condensed milk to a saucepan of boiling water, and simmers it on the hob for 3 hours. Be very careful when opening it and ensure you let it cool for a few minutes first. We use Carnation here in the UK.