14 Nov 2012

My banoffee pie

Cakes can be devided into  two categories, like girls' hair:

- Cakes that require much talent and effort, but which unfortunately still don't guarantee that the end result will be faboulous. 
ie : my damn hair, french macarons.

- Cakes which only need 10 min preparation with your eyes closed to make any boy fall in love on the spot.
ie: my best friend's hair which looks perfectly unperfect when she wakes up and has never been touched by a comb, banoffee pie.

I'll purposely omit here the third category of girls who spend 30 min everyday carefully messing their hair up and pretend "Oh, I just had time to jump into my jeans, I must look like a mess", because even if boys are naive little things, we can't be fooled Ladies.

In any cases, Mother nature is unfair, and if the banoffee pie wasn't so amazing, we would hate it for being so easy to make.

banana tart recipe

Banoffee pie

1 pack of digestive biscuits (approx 12 biscuit)
50g unsalted butter
2/3 of a can of Nestle carnation caramel or dulce de leche (see below how to make dulce de leche)
2 bananas
1 pot (approx 350ml) whipping cream

Make the banoffee pie:
1/ Preheat the oven at 180°C
2/ Crush the biscuits (in a food processor – or place them in a plastic bag and crush them with beat them with a rolling pin)
3/ To make the biscuit base: Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave, and mix with the crushed biscuits until well combined. Press firmly the biscuit mixture onto a lose-bottom cake tin, and cook for 10 min until golden. Leave to cool completely. 
At this stage, you can remove the base from the cake tin if you wish (or at least remove the sides, I wouldn't dare transfering it onto a different place because it could break)
4/ Spread the caramel on top of the biscuit base.  Refrigerate until set.
5/ Cut the bananas in 1cm thick slices and spread them evenly on top of the caramel
6/ Whip the cream with a hand whisk or an electric hand mixer until it forms soft peaks, and spread on top of the bananas. Refrigerate for at least 3hours (for the whipped cream to have time to set)
banana toffee recipe

banana pie recipe

carnation caramel recipe

banoffee pie recipe

banoffee recipe

carnation caramel

How to make Dulce de leche?

Empty the content of a can of concentrated milk in a small saucepan and cook it on medium heat until it gets a toffee colour (this will take approx 50 min). Be aware that it will become thicker and harder as it cools down. This will be perfect for millionaire shortbreads.
To keep it very soft, ideal scenario for a banofee pie, add 20g butter to the concentrated milk when you start cooking it.Again, stop the cooking when you get a golden coffee colour.

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