One of my favorite movies of all time is Love Actually. It stars some of my favorite actors, including the divine Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, and Keira Knightley. In the movie, Keira Knightley’s character mentions a Banoffee pie. For the longest time I’ve been wondering… what the heck is a Banoffee pie? Well, I found out and it is stupendous! Best part, you never have to turn on the oven. This is a plus since it’s been a fantastic spring weekend with warm weather and sunshine. Who wants to be tied to the oven on a day like that?
This pie does take a bit of time as you need to let it cool in phases. Since I had flowers to plant in the garden, this was a great dessert to make. I could work a bit in the kitchen, then head outside and plant marigolds. Win-win! So, the name? This pie contains sticky toffee, bananas, whipped cream and mini-chocolate morsels for garnish. Banoffee! You’re welcome!
FOR THE PIE CRUST:
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 10-oz. package of digestive biscuits, such as McVities brand
FOR THE FILLING:
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- ½ cup (4 oz) packed dark brown sugar
- 1 14-oz. can condensed milk, such as Carnation brand
- 4 bananas
- 1 pint heavy cream
- Mini chocolate morsels or grated chocolate
Make the crumb crust: Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor until you get a fine crumb texture. Transfer to a bowl and stir in melted butter. Press into a 9″-diameter spring-form pan with a removable bottom. Press the mixture up the sides of the pan with the back of a spoon. Chill the crust in refrigerator for at least one hour.
Make the toffee: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and melt over low heat. Add the condensed milk and bring the mixture to a boil for a few minutes, stirring continuously. The toffee should darken slightly. Pour the filling into the crust. Cool and chill again for at least one hour until the caramel is firm.
To serve, remove the tart from the pan and carefully transfer to a serving plate. Slice the bananas and place them in a single layer on top of the caramel. Whip the cream and spoon it over the toffee and bananas, sealing the filling in. Sprinkle the top of the pie with mini chocolate morsels or grated chocolate.
Okay, so here is the thing – the toffee is super sweet. But the crust isn’t and the banana adds a natural sweetness that compliments the plain whipped cream. It really balances out. Serve with coffee or a nice cup of tea – Earl Gray is my favorite.