Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Phoebe's Banoffee Pie Recipe

One of the first recipes I ever helped make was a Banana Cream Pie at my great-aunt's house. It was during the summer time when my family and I went to her house for a family gathering. Dessert has always been a key part of the meal at my great aunt's house, whether it was a simple piece of apple pie or a you-need-to-smother-this-all-over-your-face ice cream cake (I prefer the latter). I still remember getting so excited when she asked me to help her prep for the pie, especially because I knew it was going to be delicious. Fruit + Sweet Pudding? What can possibly go wrong!?

I was young but able enough to slice bananas so I was in charge of cutting the perfect slice. Not too big, not too thin. While she prepped the pudding for the pie I did sneak a few nibbles of the banana and nilla wafers. When she was done, the Nilla wafers were layered down into a pan and topped off with beautiful layers of golden, sweet vanilla pudding and perfectly cut slices of banana. It was finished off with a layer of whipped cream and then it was chilled briefly before serving. Waiting was always a pain. My sweet loving young self wanted it immediately.

Phoebe, the contributor on Facebook posted this recipe previously on that platform but it never made its way here, so I thought I'd share this recipe with you guys! It's a sweet reminder of my childhood, and I hope it brings back delectable memories for you as well.

Happy Cooking!

Here's her recipe:

What you'll need:
Butter 100g
Biscuits or Graham Crackers - 180g
Bananas - 3
Condensed Milk - 1 tin
Whipping Cream or Reddi Whip - 300ml if using whipping cream
Cocoa Powder, or Dark Chocolate Shavings
Vanilla Essence or Vanilla Extract - 2 tsp

*Note: I'd suggest starting with the caramel first since it'll take 2 hours.*

1. Melt 100g (6-7tbls) butter, and combine with 180g (12 tbls) crushed (to crumbs) digestive biscuits (or graham crackers). Once mixed, press into the base of a tin, or dish and place in the fridge. (You can divide this into smaller dishes or even mugs to make individual portions)
2. For the caramel, boil a tin of condensed milk (still in packaging) for 2 hrs. (this may sound strange but it makes the best caramel with very little effort!) Meanwhile, slice 3 bananas, and combine them in a saucepan with 25g melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla essence, and cook on a low heat until slightly soft. Then whip 300ml of whipping cream with 1tbsp icing sugar and 1 tsp vanilla essence until stiff.
3. Remove the base from the fridge when the caramel is done, and cooled a little, and layer the bananas on top of the biscuit, then the caramel on the bananas, then finally the cream on top. You can then add shavings of dark chocolate on top, or simply dust with cocoa powder.

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