This pie brings back happy memories of England for me. :) I just had a sudden thought of Keira Knightly in Love Actually where she brings whats-his-name a banoffee pie and had a sudden craving for banoffee pie. (Actually I had a very sickly-sweet-delicious banoffee pie slice at EAT deli/cafe in London recently. It was great.) Quite simple but oh-so-yummy. The below is a crude, home-style version. (still pretty darn good though!)

Banoffee Pie

  • readymade graham cracker pie crust (or you can crush Hobnobs or digestive biscuits if you're feeling DIYish)

  • 1 tin of condensed milk or 1 jar of confiture de lait (if you're feeling snobbish)

  • ripe bananas

  • whipped cream

  • Nutella (optional) ++

  • cocoa powder/grated cinnamon for dusting

  1. heat the condensed milk for about 15 minutes until it turns into toffee (i.e. brown goopy liquid)—the traditional way is to put the unopened tin into a saucepan of boiling water, but according to the BBC website the can sometimes explodes (!). So I just heated it up in a normal pot. (Microwave doesn't seem to work, unless you want to Jackson Pollack the interior of your microwave oven.) Waterbath should have been better because the toffee ended up a bit lumpy for me.

  2. Slice bananas into little round slices (not diagonal).

  3. Let toffee cool slightly, pour over pie crust. Arrange sliced bananas on top. Let cool, then put in fridge to set.

  4. Put whipped cream over the bananas, dust with cocoa powder and voila!

++ Nutella is if you want an extra layer spread over the toffee. Alternatively, you can make chocolate hazelnut toffee but adding Nutella into the toffee.