Bonny Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie15 years ago today – my husband and I were married in a tiny little church in Scotland (hence the bonny adjective for this pie).  It was an amazing and memorable day full of wonderful memories!  On the menu, we had mushroom soup for starters, a chicken dish for main course and banoffee pie for dessert.

To celebrate our anniversary, I decided to make banoffee pie in memory of that special day.  It’s the first time I’ve ever made it and it was Deeee-licious.

Here’s the recipe I used…(adapted from the Hairy Bikers’ Best of British)

Ingredients

For the biscuit base

  • 85g butter
  • 300g digestive biscuits

For the filling

  • 115g butter
  • 115g brown sugar
  • 395g can sweetened condensed milk
  • pinch of salt

For the topping

  • 450ml double cream
  • 5 firm but ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 25g coarsely grated dark chocolate or chocolate curls

Method

  1. To make the base, melt the butter in a small pan. Break the biscuits into chunky pieces and put in a food processor. Blend into crumbs then add the melted butter and, with the motor running, blend until thoroughly mixed. Alternatively, put the biscuits in a strong polythene food bag and bash with a rolling pin. Tip into a bowl and stir in the melted butter.
  2. Tip the crumbs into the centre of a deep, 23cm/9in fluted loose-based tart tin or quiche dish and press firmly into the base and sides. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until set.
  3. To make the filling, melt the butter in a medium non-stick saucepan and stir in the sugar. Cook over a low heat as the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly until the butter and sugar look smooth and no oil floats to the surface. Add the condensed milk and a pinch of salt and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly. Cook for three minutes, stirring until the mixture turns a deep, creamy caramel brown.
  4. Pour the toffee gently onto the biscuit base and quickly smooth the surface. Leave to chill for one hour (and up to eight hours) before topping.
  5. Just before serving, lightly whip the cream in a bowl. It should stand in soft peaks. Any thicker and it will look over-whipped when mixed with the bananas. Diagonally slice four of the bananas and scatter half of them over the toffee. Fold the rest lightly into the cream and spoon gently on top.
  6. Slice the remaining banana and put in a bowl. Pour the lemon juice over and very gently toss together (this will stop the banana turning brown). Decorate the top with the lemony banana, poking into the cream randomly, and sprinkle the pie with grated chocolate or decorate with chocolate curls.
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