Saturday, 24 November 2012

Banoffee Pie - Random Recipes #22

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

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    1. Your cheesecake looks scrumptious Galina

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  3. Great random recipe, you couldn't have picked better :)

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

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    1. You're right, you used to see them everywhere.

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  5. 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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    1. 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. 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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    1. 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. Looks luscious and I love the chocolate decoration on top. Nothing quite beats a bannoffe pie. Pertect pud x

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  8. 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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    1. 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. 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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    1. 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. 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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    1. Yes, I'm with you on the sweetness thing Karen, any chocolate bars we eat are way way healthier ;-)

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  11. 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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    1. 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. 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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    1. Thanks Bella, the toffee bit was so sweet, it really needed the cream to tone it down!

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  13. 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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    1. 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. 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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    1. Thanks CC - I was slightly dubious about the combination, but it was good - phew!

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  15. 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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    1. Now that is something I didn't know Camilla - you are a true pioneer.

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  16. 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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    1. It's certainly worth trying Alida - once at least ;-)

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  17. 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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    1. 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. 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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    1. Haha, over the space of a week maybe ;-)

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

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  20. 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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    1. If only I'd known Ros, I'd have left you a slice or two ;-)

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  21. 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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    1. Well I now know what to make when you lot come for supper :D

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  22. 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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    1. Thanks Ruth, I think this has won me over :)

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

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

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