Oh Banoffee!

This post has a health warning… not for the faint-hearted!

I have been making this “pie” for years now, but very infrequently because it is just soooo decadent! Recently my friends asked begged me to make it again for them and I agreed. You just have to spoil yourself and your guests occasionally now, don’t you? πŸ˜‰ Then sadly they had to cancel that day, and I had already made this pie… well, we managed to eat half of it between us over a couple of days, but it’s definitely the kind of dessert for a crowd!

The original recipe for Banoffee Pie has a pastry base and the content varies slightly. This one is actually a Banoffee Cheesecake, the recipe coming from an ancient “Vegetarian” magazine in the 90s. Now if you’re still wondering what banoffee is, you haven’t lived! It’s a crossover dessert of caramel, bananas, cream and often chocolate…. Now I’ve got your full attention, here’s the recipe…. no low-fat stuff here – if you’re going to make it, then you have to go the whole hog. Forget the calories and go for the real full-fat cream cheese and the thickest cream you can find!

Banoffee Cheesecake

Banoffee Pie

  • Β 225g (8 oz) can sweetened condensed milk or Nestle Carnation Caramel
  • 200g (7 oz) (Philadelphia) full-fat soft cream cheese
  • 300ml (1 1/4 cups) double cream, whipped
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 275g (9 1/2 oz) milk chocolate digestive biscuits, crushedΒ  (I think “graham crackers” are the same…)
  • 85g (3/4 stick) butter

Method:

  1. If, like me, you can’t always get hold of the caramel, place the unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a large pan of simmering water and cook over a medium heat for two hours. Keep the water on a steady rolling boil, and top up with extra water as necessary. DANGER!Β  DON’T LET IT BOIL DRY! Carefully remove the tin…. HOT! and allow to cool completely. I always do this the night before I assemble the pie.
  2. For the biscuit base, grease the base of a 23cm (9inch) flan dish. Grind the chocolate biscuits to fine crumbs – if you don’t have a magic tool like mine you can crush then in a freezer bag. (Tip: cool the biscuits first). Melt the butter in a large pan, then stir in the crushed biscuits until well combined. Press the mixture into the base of the prepared dish and chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. For the topping, beat the cream cheese with the caramelized condensed milk/Carnation caramel – using a fork – until smooth. Mash the bananas with the lemon juice and fold carefully into the cream cheese mixture, and finally fold in the whipped cream. Pour over the biscuit baseΒ  and chill for at least 4 hours or even overnight until set.
  4. If you like, another banana can be sliced and sprinkled with a little lemon juice, and put on top just before serving. Chocolate shavings also look nice as a finishing touch. (It’s a bit tricky getting the first slice out πŸ˜‰ , but having tried all sorts of tins and dishes in the past, both with or without greaseproof paper, this is the best so far.)

Banoffee Pie 2

Serves about a hundred! (Okay, 8 to 10)

Savour each and every deliciously naughty, creamy mouthful! πŸ˜€

42 thoughts on “Oh Banoffee!

  1. Yes, graham crackers are similar in flavor but not as rich. Such a lovely pie! Will save the recipe. Can’t believe I never ate one piece when I was in England. πŸ˜›

  2. Divine! Absolutely divine! Strangely enough, the kids were watching a cookery programme this evening which featured banoffee pie. I cheat when I make it and use Dulce de Leche πŸ˜‰ I think we will be making one of these this weekend – between you and The HairyBikers’ cookery programme, I am getting the banoffee hint!

  3. Das Rezept werde ich mit meinem Neffen (13 J.) zusammen ausprobieren. Alles was in einer Pfanne auf dem Herd zurbereitet werden kann, begeistert ihn – hier das Karamell.
    Sind chocolate digestive biscuits – Schokoladenkekse? Double cream ist Schlagsahne?
    Ich freue mich schon auf die Zubereitung. πŸ™‚
    Liebe GrΓΌsse – Uta

    • Double cream ist Schlagsahne – ich verwende Bio, da es meistens dicker ist. (In England ist double cream sehr sehr dick!) Du kannst irgendwelche Kekse nehmen, aber mit Hafer sind sie knuspriger – “Hobnobs” zum Beispiel. Please take care with the caramel when your nephew helps – very hot! Viel Spaß! πŸ˜€

  4. I’m not sure the 8-10 servings would be accurate around my crowd! LOL! But I’m glad you included the health warning. πŸ™‚ This is right up there among the great tastes. Everyone in my family would find this a must. My dad has recently been told he needs to put on a little weight…if I could manage to part with all but a tiny sliver, maybe I’ll make this soon! For medicinal purposes only, of course! Ha!

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