During the holiday, I saw an episode of The Mind of a Chef on PBS. The episode’s focus was British food, and the chef made Banoffee Pie. This decadent, sweet pie is made of layers of toffee created from sweetened condensed milk, bananas and whipped cream. On the show, the chef opened the cooked can of sweetened condensed milk with a look of pure joy and crooned that it was “sexy.” I was sold. I had to make this pie, and after making it, I completely understood her reaction. This. Pie. Is. Sexy. (Please note that the picture doesn’t do it justice.)
- Pre-made graham cracker pie crust
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 medium-large bananas
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Peel the label off the can of sweetened condensed milk. Place it in a pot of water. The water level should be just below the top rim of the can.
- Boil the can of sweetened condensed milk for roughly 3-4 hours. You’ll have to keep adding water to the pot as it evaporates. I turned the can over every 30 minutes or so to help it cook evenly. (I don’t know if this actually did anything or not, but it made sense in my mind and turned out beautifully.)
- Remove the can from the boiling water. Let it cool until you can easily handle it without burning yourself.
- While it’s cooling, peel and slice the bananas.
- Once cool, open the can. If yours turns out like mine did, as soon as you puncture the can with the opener, toffee will start to ooze out the top. Yum! Take a second and sneak a lick.
- Spoon a layer of toffee into your pie crust and smooth it out.
- Add a layer of banana slices.
- Add another layer of toffee.
- Etc. Etc. Etc. until you are out of bananas and toffee.
- Top with whipped cream if you like and place the pie in the fridge to cool for at least an hour.
As with most recipes, there are modifications you can take with this pie. I used a pre-made graham crust. From my reading, it seems the traditional crust is made of biscuits (shortbread here in America). It would also be delicious with a chocolate cookie crust. If one of your skills is making awesome crust, do that. That’s just not in my wheelhouse.
The big time eater in this recipe is making the toffee, but you can buy it already made. It’s sold on the same shelf as the sweetened condensed milk. If you have the time, I highly recommend making it yourself.
So there you go. The world’s sexiest pie. And it’s British. Who knew? Make it, and you’ll understand.