Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

When Andy and I lived in England, we would visit his grandparents nearly every weekend for a roast dinner. I could wax poetic about Nanny’s roast dinner for ages, but you can read about it here. Nanny made everything from scratch, but she rarely made dessert. Yet she always had at least two (if not three) store-bought desserts for us four. There was always a raspberry pavlova (Andy’s favorite) and often both Tesco’s Mandarin Cheesecake and Banoffee Pie (my favorites).

I must take after my English nanny, because until last weekend I had never made Banoffee pie either. But it was Mom’s birthday and I was trying to figure out what to make her for her—it’s a known fact in our family that Mom much prefers pie to cake. Andy and I also happened to speak to Nanny that day and it triggered my memory…Banoffee pie! The whole family would love it.

“Banoffee” pretty much speaks for itself: banana & toffee. A simple, homemade graham cracker crust, a thick layer of dulce de leche, topped with sliced bananas, fluffy whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Aside from reducing the sweetened condensed milk to make the dulce de leche, this pie comes together in less than 30 minutes.

And don’t worry, this pie isn’t about perfection. It will look better if you refrigerate it for a while before slicing and serving, but if you can’t wait (like us), you can slice it and spoon it onto plates with a large serving spoon. But who cares about looks? This pie is sweet, creamy, banana-y heaven.

Simple Banoffee Pie
Serves 6 to 8

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, label removed
1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons sugar, divided
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large (or 3 medium) bananas, sliced
1 ½ cups chilled heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup shaved (or chopped) semi- or bittersweet chocolate

Set sweetened condensed milk can in a medium saucepan with water to come ¾ of the way up. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered and adding water as needed, about 3 hours. Remove can from pan; let cool until warm. (Do not open too soon as milk may spurt if can is hot.)

Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix graham crackers crumbs and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a medium bowl. Add butter and stir with a fork until well incorporated. Dump crumbs into a 9-inch glass pie plate and spread evenly over bottom. Use a flat-bottomed measuring cup to press crumbs evenly over pan bottom and up the sides. Using each index finger, press crumbs around the top edge to even the crust and secure loose crumbs. Bake until fragrant, about 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Whip cream to fairly stiff peaks with remaining sugar and vanilla extract.

To assemble pie, spread reduced and cooled, sweetened condensed milk over pie bottom, top with bananas, and then the whipped cream. Sprinkle with chocolate and refrigerate until ready to serve (Can be made several hours before serving.)

42 Comments

  1. Sharon says

    This pie was awesome!!! But a teeny bit sweet for my taste. If I were making this (and I will be!) I would leave the sugar out of the whip cream entirely. Though…I might replace it with a little booze. Well done!

  2. Pam says

    I’m not just saying this because it was my birthday dessert. Banoffee is my new favorite pie. It’s so simple to make. And once you stick your fork into the pie, it’s over. You just keep going back for a little bite… and another little bite… and another!

    I’m so glad I simmered 4 cans of the sweetened condensed milk at one time because now I can make this pie in about 30 minutes. How cool is that?!

    I respectfully disagree with Sharon about the lightly sweetened whipped cream : ) but flavoring it with a little booze could be very good!

  3. says

    This reminds me of so many wonderful pies that just seem perfect for a summer crowd. And I love the flavors. But I must agree…a little booze would be good. I never drink the hard stuff but I always have it on hand…I love it with sweet desserts!

  4. Angela says

    Thanks for reminding me of one of my fave old recipes! I have always made Jamie Oliver’s version with candied almonds on top and the whipped cream is flavored with coffee and a shortcrust pastry base, but I am excited to try it with the graham crust! I bet it’s amazing!

  5. says

    Wow, my relatives in India love this dessert. I had it for the first time on a recent visit there, it was so delicious, I’m so glad I found this recipe!

  6. says

    Boy, would my husband have loved this pie…he loved banana desserts!

    Could you use prepackaged dulce de leche rather than making your own? I’m still glad you offered this method of making your own, as I’d like to try that. Thanks for a delicious sounding and easy recipe!

  7. Teri Dingler says

    Oh my! This is a must to try! I shall make and bring to work for taste-testing lest I eat the whole thing! Thanks for sharing this delectable recipe!

  8. says

    This is also one of my favourites maggy! Also note that it’s equally great when you use strawberries AND if you can’t get dulce de leche you can boil cans of condensed milk. :)

  9. says

    Made this last night, but I microwaved the sweetened milk, which was wonderful idea that I found online! Hubby loved the dessert! Thanks!!!!

  10. Angela says

    @Bob M, yes you simmer unopened…and make sure to add water as needed because if it gets too low the can will explode into an utterly disgusting mess that takes hours to clean. Not that I would know what that would be like, just guessing it could happen;) Another great way to use the Dulce de Leche is spread over shortcrust pastry and lay apple slices on top. Its done when the caramel is bubbling over the apples:) Deeeelicious!

  11. says

    Although it’s not my choice (I prefer my bananas and toffee separate) it is my brother in law’s favourite and my sister makes it quite often for him. It’s always met with a smile :)

  12. Donna Bijas says

    Made this Saturday and let me tell you there was not a crumb or speck of whipped cream to be had. Unbelievably good and will be made again and again. Thank you for this recipe. Good thing you don’t list the calorie content.

  13. says

    I just ordered a copy of Perfect One-Dish Dinners for a friend who was a guest at my last dinner party, featuring Coq au Vin Blanc with Spring Vegetables, Year-round Classic Gazpacho, a baby spinach salad and Quick Tres Leches cakes for dessert. My guests were so impressed with my departure from my staple of made-ahead beef brisket, Pam’s wonderful books have given me new recipes I can make ahead. I have new confidence in hosting as my comfort level requires making almost everything ahead. I got Pam’s three latest books last Dec., is there a new one forthcoming? I’ll be waiting to snap it up!

  14. Mandy says

    I made two of these for a church function on Sunday. People were literally licking the pan to get the last bits of the pie. It was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Alice in LA says

    I had no idea what you were talking about, Erika, until I also tried posting this on facebook and also got a viagra ad instead! :P

  16. says

    OK, I’m going to make this pie. Can you tell me how to pronounce the name? I can’t figure out which syllable to put the emphasis on! My mother in law’s birthday is coming up and she grew up in India – wonder if she knows about this pie. . .

  17. Ellie says

    This was a wonderful Thanksgiving dessert. I made a few minor changes – I added some kosher salt and a few spoonfuls of rum to the dulce de leche, and another few spoonfuls of rum to the whipped cream. I piped the whipped cream for some elegance, and used Valhrona chocolate balls (available at the gourmet section of an excellent local liquor store) instead of the shavings. It was drop dead gorgeous and just delicious.

  18. says

    This reminds me of a old fav recipe, I’m going to make this tomorrow night! I would love for you to link up this recipe to my linky party, my readers will LOVE this recipe!! http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2013/01/fantastic-thursday-27.html

  19. says

    I want to make 2 of these for Sunday noon. Can I make them the night before or will everything get soggy? I could at least make the crusts ahead of time. . . (I haven’t made this pie yet, but clearly, I haven’t forgotten!)

  20. tish says

    my original recipe for this from England called for HobNob cookies in the crust, not graham cracker. if able to find, you must try!

  21. Beth Skinner says

    another way to “cook” the sweetened condensed milk is to pour it into the smallest size crockpot and whisk every half hour until it’s toffee colored.

  22. Susan Martinez says

    I have made this pie several times, and love it! I used the canned dulce de leche. This time when I tried to spread the caramel over the crust, the crust fell apart. The only thing I did differently was I didn’t put the 3 Tbsp of sugar in the crust because I used cinnamon grahams crackers and figured they already had sugar. Is that why my crust fell apart? I baked it 15 minutes as usual, and let it cool to almost room temp, it was still a little bit warm in the middle.

    • says

      Hey Susan,

      Sadly, the sugar makes the difference. When sugar heats up and melts, and dries solid, like a lollipop. It’s the “glue” that holds the graham crackers together. Your pie may not look pretty, but it’s still gonna taste great!

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