Banoffee Pie, American Style

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.


  • 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


1. Buy the stuff. Sometimes I forget to do this.
The makings of Banoffee Pie

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.
Submerging the cans.

3. Put a layer of whipped cream in the graham cracker crust, then a layer of bananas.
Banoffee Construction

4. Open your cans of condensed milk and pour into the crust.
Pouring the Toffee

5. Add another layer of bananas.
More Bananas

6. Add more whipped cream and shave chocolate on top.
Putting the final cupcakes sprinkles on the Banoffee Pie!!!

7. Seriously. That is it.
The final pie piece!


Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This article has 16 comments

  1. ~Shari

    Oh geeze! I need to make this!

  2. Sizzle

    I am so making that. I’ve wanted to ever since you were Twittering about it. Must be the Irish in me. Or the part of me that just enjoys deliciousness.

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  4. GwenMD

    Hey, can we get the Irish version too? Share the love….

  5. 3jaysmom

    Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks!

  6. Meghann

    I thought I was at the wrong blog for a second. 😉

    Looks like something my husband would love, so I might have to make it.

  7. MPPs Mom

    A cooking post? with pictures? Here at Greeblemonkey? SA-WEET.

    I remember you talking about this dish and I was curious, but I didn’t know about the caramel….boiled in the can would come out. LIKE. THAT.

    I’ve been up for three nights straight with a coughing feverish tossing and turning and moaning 2yo, I think I have a can of that milk in my cupboard and I’m going to heat it. RIGHT. NOW.

  8. Kim Hosey

    OMG. This looks amazing.

  9. Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas

    Tou had me at sweetened condensed milk.

    I love how you tried to make this lighter with a fat free whipped cream. ha!

  10. shoutingforha

    That sounds so yummy!

  11. Savannah B

    Oh my stars, that looks ridiculous. In the best way.

  12. monstergirlee

    The boiling closed cans really scares me.
    But I may have to try this. I do have a couple cans of condensed milk sitting around from Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It sounds wonderful!

  13. Nat

    wow. that looks yummy. 😉

    You boil the condensed milk? Really?

  14. Anonymous

    I hate using the condensed milk, buy cans of Dulce de Leche in the Latin food section of your supermarket. It is made by Nestle. It is the same thing as cooking it yourself! Once you start using it, you are hooked.

  15. brengavia

    i just made this…used the recipe….we will see tomorrow on Easter to see if its a hit….it was pretty easy to make..i will get back to you.

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