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Banoffee Pie – Random Recipes #22

Dessert | 24th November 2012 | By

The month has been galloping away from me – again – and I realised it was time to get on with my Random Recipe for Dom at Belleau Kitchen. This month we were tasked with picking a book using our birthday date. OK that bit was easy – number 8 for me. But where to start? My books are scattered over the house in various places. Not so randomly perhaps, I started with a shelf of baking books. No. 8 got me Eric Lanlard’s Home Bake. As CT wasn’t around, I used a random number generator to give me the page 191. Taking a tentative peek, you just never know what you might be landed with, I was neither relieved nor horrified. Bananas are not a favourite fruit in this household, although we’re not averse to a good banana cake and what I’d got was banoffee pie. Well, OK, this wasn’t going to be difficult – good news. I hadn’t had banoffee pie in many a year and I’d certainly never made one, so time to see what I thought of it these days. I followed Eric’s recipe more or less, but only used two ripe bananas rather than three under ripe ones and a lot less cream – 500ml seemed rather excessive.

This is how I did it:

  • Buttered a 22 cm flan dish.
  • Melted 75g unsalted butter in a pan over low heat.
  • Bashed 300g of plain chocolate hobnobs into crumbs with the end of a rolling pin.
  • Poured in the butter and mixed well.
  • Pressed the crumbs into the base and around the sides of the dish.
  • Melted 100g unsalted butter in the same pan.
  • Keeping the pan on the heat, added 100g dark brown sugar and stirred until all incorporated.
  • Added a 397g tin condensed milk and stirred.
  • Continued to stir whilst slowly bringing the mixture to the boil. The stirring was crucial here as each time I thought I’d take a break, the mixture caught and I was getting bits of unintended caramel in the mix.
  • As soon as the mixture came to the boil, removed from the heat and poured onto the biscuit base.
  • Left to cool. There was no need to put this in the fridge as my kitchen was plenty cold enough.
  • Whipped 300ml whipping cream until peaked but not too stiff.
  • Sliced two ripe bananas and laid over the cooled caramel.
  • Spooned the cream over the top of the bananas.
  • Sprinkled dark chocolate chips over the top.

The crunchy base, sticky caramel, soft banana and unctuous cream made for an indulgent dessert. It was very sweet, but I still managed to consume my first slice very happily. Later in the day, I happily consumed a second slice too. The bananas gave a nice flavour, but didn’t overwhelm and the texture was hidden by the other ingredients. Using chocolate hobnobs was a good way of incorporating chocolate to create a particularly toothsome base. Even CT with his avowed banana aversion struggled manfully and scoffed several slices. It actually lasted us a few days, so kept us off the chocolate bars.

I am also entering this into Cook Eat Delicious Desserts with Sharan’s Samayalarai as the theme this month is banana.

49 Comments

  1. Chele

    24th November 2012 at 8:26 am

    Now that is a mega Banoffee Pie. Its looks a real stunner and I love that photo of it ‘topless’ (i.e. before the cream goes on. Total food porn!!

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    • Choclette

      24th November 2012 at 6:29 pm

      What are you like Chele?

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  2. Galina Varese

    24th November 2012 at 10:10 am

    This banoffee pie looks very rich and creamy. I baked the banoffee cheesecake earlier this week for my guys.

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    • Choclette

      26th November 2012 at 8:16 am

      Your cheesecake looks scrumptious Galina

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  3. Jacqueline

    24th November 2012 at 10:41 am

    Great random recipe, you couldn’t have picked better 🙂

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    • Choclette

      26th November 2012 at 9:17 am

      You’re right Jac, it was a good one to do and made me realise I quite like homemade banoffee pie 😉

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  4. Foodycat

    24th November 2012 at 11:24 am

    I do love a banoffee pie! They’ve fallen out of favour a bit.

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    • Choclette

      27th November 2012 at 7:37 am

      You’re right, you used to see them everywhere.

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  5. Chris

    24th November 2012 at 11:40 am

    Why is it I never have bananas in the house when I need them. That looks really delicious. You were randonly lucky with that … at least I would.

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    • Choclette

      27th November 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thanks Chris, no emergency stock of bananas? I was lucky, I do worry sometimes just what I might be landed with for RR. We’re not banana fans, but we both liked this one.

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  6. Katie

    24th November 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Looks fabulous and very indulgant. You are good to stick to what comes up randomly. Not had banoffee pie for years

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    • Choclette

      27th November 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Katie, indulgent it most certainly was. Sometimes the temptation to cheat is quite strong, but I’ve managed to hold back so far :-S

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  7. Miss C Flash

    24th November 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Looks luscious and I love the chocolate decoration on top. Nothing quite beats a bannoffe pie. Pertect pud x

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  8. Susie @ Fold in the Flour

    24th November 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Looks tempting! Must admit, have only a few times had banoffee pie (somehow banana puts me off) but this does look seriously good.

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    • Choclette

      27th November 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Don’t let the banana put you off, I wrinkled my nose when I found out what I was going to make, but I found the banana was fine in amongst all that biscuit, caramel and cream.

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  9. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    24th November 2012 at 8:12 pm

    You have picked one of my all time childhood faves here. In fact, I still love it and given the chance I would make it on a regular basis. If I did though, I would eat way too much of it. The caramel layer pre-dates the dulce de leche which is so popular now. Chocolate hob nob base is so good. I am surprised they feature in a book by Eric Lanlard. Just shows you how many good things we have here that the French have succumbed to using!

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2012 at 6:58 am

      That made me laugh Laura, this is definitely not something to eat too much of, certainly not on a regular basis. And yes, the French have cracked some things, but when it comes to puds, we have loads to teach them.

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  10. Karen S Booth

    24th November 2012 at 8:44 pm

    It does look lovely, even though I always fmd it overly sweet, but I do like bananas so not too and at all! Glad if kept you and CT off the chocolate bars! Karen

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2012 at 7:01 am

      Yes, I’m with you on the sweetness thing Karen, any chocolate bars we eat are way way healthier 😉

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  11. belleau kitchen

    24th November 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I love your step by step approach blog post to random recipes this month. I think I even held my breath a little waiting for the recipe… I always think you’re going to hate me every time! But I must say… Banoffee pie is one of my faves but like you I haven’t had it in ages and have never made it. It would make a great ice cream methinks… Lovely entry to random recipes. Thank you x

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2012 at 7:03 am

      I only hate you every other time Dom! Banoffee ice-cream is a brilliant idea, banana ice-cream with bits of biscuit and toffee. I’m going to have to try that out sometime – maybe when the weather is a bit warmer.

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  12. OhSoBella

    24th November 2012 at 10:45 pm

    This recipe looks so good, as do the photos! I think if it was me making this, I would of ate it all before I got round to putting the cream on!

    Bella x

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    • Choclette

      28th November 2012 at 7:12 am

      Thanks Bella, the toffee bit was so sweet, it really needed the cream to tone it down!

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  13. Caroline

    25th November 2012 at 10:08 am

    Oooh, yum, I love banoffee pie – it’s been years since I had it. My mum used to make a complete cheats version by buying a pastry case (don’t know why because she can make perfectly good pastry), using a tin of carnation caramel and then slicing banana on top followed by whipped cream. It was good, but your homemade version sounds even better!

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    • Choclette

      29th November 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Caroline. You did well, I never had such a treat as banoffee pie when I was young, but I suspect it hadn’t been invented then ……..

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  14. The Caked Crusader

    25th November 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Banoffee pie never disappoints – I think it’s a great example of something being so much more than the sum of its parts. Yours looks great.

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    • Choclette

      29th November 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks CC – I was slightly dubious about the combination, but it was good – phew!

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  15. Camilla @FabFood4All

    25th November 2012 at 9:40 pm

    A absolutely love this dessert and first tried it 23 years ago where they invented it at The Hungry Monk in Jevington. I simply had to buy their recipe book where it tells you to boil a tin of condensed milk for about 6 hours and not to let the pan boil dry (unless you want an explosion). I have never made one and maybe this Christmas would be a good time to do so – thank you for posting your version, it’s so much easier now that Dulce de Leche exists!

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    • Choclette

      29th November 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Now that is something I didn’t know Camilla – you are a true pioneer.

      Reply
  16. mylittleitaliankitchen

    25th November 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I have been living in England for long time and never tried banoffee pie yet! I am intrigued to try making this one! Looks gorgeous!

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    • Choclette

      29th November 2012 at 7:02 pm

      It’s certainly worth trying Alida – once at least 😉

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  17. The KitchenMaid

    26th November 2012 at 6:52 am

    Oh dear, this will make me sound like a real killjoy, but I can’t find it in my heart to love banoffee pie. I’m not sure why – I love cream and caramel and bananas, but the three of them together? No thanks. Funny, isn’t it? Chele’s comment about the topless pie did make me laugh though (and I agree, it looks amazing). Go on then, I’ll have a piece…

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    • Choclette

      1st December 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Well Lucy, I must say my heart sank a bit when I got this one, but I’m glad I did it because I liked it a whole heap more than I thought I would.

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  18. thelittleloaf

    26th November 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Bannoffee pie has a very special place in my heart. I know it’s super sweet but it’s *so* good – could probably eat that whole dish there 🙂

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    • Choclette

      2nd December 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Haha, over the space of a week maybe 😉

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  19. lawstudentscookbook

    28th November 2012 at 5:30 am

    Yummy! I need to bookmark this and make it sometime. I love bananas. I love pie.

    Also, I just started a new roundup on my blog called Pantry Party. I hope you’ll join us!
    http://lawstudentscookbook.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/introducing-pantry-party/

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    • Choclette

      2nd December 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I’m not an expert on banoffee pie, but this seemed like a good one.

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  20. Baking Addict

    28th November 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I love banoffee pie! This looks delicious particularly with your chocolate hob nobs (great idea!) – I’d happily scoff most of your pie 🙂

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    • Choclette

      2nd December 2012 at 7:58 pm

      If only I’d known Ros, I’d have left you a slice or two 😉

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  21. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    30th November 2012 at 8:51 am

    Now this deserves a WOW! This banoffee pie looks so heavenly & tempting with chocolate! Ya, agreed with Ros, I can eat the whole pie too. This is making me hungry! LOL

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    • Choclette

      2nd December 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Well I now know what to make when you lot come for supper 😀

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  22. Ruth Ellis

    30th November 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Banoffee pie is fantastic! There’s something just so perfect about the bananas and caramel, and the ever so slightly salty biscuit base. This looks really lovely – yum!

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    • Choclette

      2nd December 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Ruth, I think this has won me over 🙂

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  23. Stacy

    2nd December 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve never made this but it is a favorite when we go out to eat. Yours looks delicious!

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  24. rita cooks italian

    3rd December 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve bookmarked this one Choclette. I love Banoffee Pies but I’ve never tried to prepare it at home. Now it’s the time.

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  25. Sharans Samayalarai

    12th December 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Wow delicious.. looks super tempting.. Thanks for linking this is to my event..

    Reply

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