Have you ever heard of this wicked pile of deliciosity? Apparently it is like Twinkies over in England, at least according to my Irish neighbor – who told me to be on the look out for it when we went to Ireland in 2009. Because he knows I love bananas, toffee, and – well, goo.
Banoffee. Get it? Bananas and toffee. Mashed together. To hear me say it you wouldn’t think that’s what it is, because I still pronounce it wrong to this day. Like I have some mental block about it. Like I loved it so much when we ate it in Ireland that I can’t being myself to say it properly, because it hurts. It. hurts. so. good.
Fast forward to Christmas, 2010, and our Irish neighbor was joining us for the festivities. Guess what my present was? Ban. Off. Eee. Pie. Homemade. From scratch. In his kitchen, not 100 feet from mine.
Let’s keep in mind, people, that we go out to eat a lot. A LOT A LOT. Yes, I *can* cook. Sometimes. If I have to. If I’m really really really in the mood. Which is rare. So the idea that my Irish neighbor would take the time, to call his sister back in Ireland and get the recipe, then spend all day making me this pie that I loved so much, well – had I not been stuffing my face with his gift, I think I would have burst into tears.
So, OF COURSE I demanded the recipe for myself.
I mean, how hard can it be, right?
But while he was talking about grinding up English biscuits to make the crust, my ears started ringing.
I decided I would take his recipe and USA-it-up a bit. So, below is how I did that. It was a bit sloppier than his masterpiece, but IF I CAN DO IT – ANYONE CAN DO IT.
INGREDIENTS FOR (AMERICAN, I.E. EASY) BANOFFEE PIE
- 1 pre-formed graham cracker crust
- 1 tub whipped cream of choice (I used the non-fat kind)
- 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (must be sweetened)
- 2-3 bananas
- Chocolate of choice to shave on top
HOW TO MAKE (AMERICAN, I.E. EASY) BANOFFEE PIE
1. Buy the stuff. Sometimes I forget to do this.
2. Boil the cans of sweetened condensed milk in a big pot for about 2 hours. Yes, IN the can. (I couldn’t believe it either). BUT KEEP THE CANS COVERED WITH WATER IN THE POT. Otherwise you will have exploding caramel all over your kitchen. Then let the cans cool. I know. It’s hard to wait.
3. Put a layer of whipped cream in the graham cracker crust, then a layer of bananas.
4. Open your cans of condensed milk and pour into the crust.
5. Add another layer of bananas.
6. Add more whipped cream and shave chocolate on top.
7. Seriously. That is it.
THEN PREPAPE TO BE IN GOOPY CARAMEL HEAVEN.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.