Banoffee Pie | “Oh I made it…”

Marjorie Dawes: … And what the hell is this supposed to be?
Tania: Oh I made it, it’s banoffee pie.
Marjorie Dawes: [mimicking in a deep voice] Oh I made it, it’s banoffee pie. You Tania, are playing Russian roulade with these people’s lives! If anyone one of these fatties has a single bite of this, they could drop down dead! Shame on you Tania. Boo hiss boo! [takes pie home].

Have you ever watched “Little Britain?” It a popular TV sketch show that last half an hour. So quite short and sweet. One of my many favourite sketches is the Fat Fighters one. My mum absolutely loves the Bubbles Devere character, and Tim and my dad just love them all! Anyway the quote “Oh I made it, it’s banoffee pie” is from a series two, episode six sketch, where Paul and Pat have prepared food for an engagement party. You can watch to the funny two minute sketch below:

You probably won’t get the quotes following the pictures unless you’re a “seasoned” fan.


Marjorie Dawes from Fat Fighters

Carol Beer: “Computer says ‘no.'”

Kenny Craig: “Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, not around the eyes, not around the eyes, but in the eyes.” *Clicks fingers.” “You’re under.”

My boyfriend has told me that many of his French friends don’t find Little Britain funny, however he does. I mean, in some ways, can you blame them? But I suppose even if you live in another country, but are raised to be British, then there’s truly no escaping the British sense of humour! So to celebrate Little Britain and all of its British glory, what’s the best way other than to make a truly British dessert?


A typically British banoffee pie.

However, because I used so many fattening products, I decided to calculate the calories from each ingredient:

For the crust:
• 103g “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light” (365kcal)
• 13 x digestive biscuits (884kcal)
• 1 tsp cinnamon

Total = 1249kcal

For the filling:
• 3 x bananas (261g; 233kcal)
• 1 can (397g) sweetend condensed milk (1295kcal)

Total = 1528kcal

For the topping:
• 1 pot (284ml) double cream (994kcal)
• 1 x square of chocolate (30kcal)
• 2 tsp coffee granules

Total = 1024kcal

Grand total = 3801kcal

So, divide that by 8 and you get 476 calories a slice! Ouch! This truly is a real Fat Fighters dessert. :-| But then that’s quite a large piece. So if you have a sixteenth of the pie, then it’s only 238kcal (although that’s still a lot!).

Truly British Banoffee Pie
Serves 8 large fattening slices, or 16 regular slices
(and then you have the privilege of attending Fat Fighters with Marjorie)

Ingredients
For the crust:
• 100g butter
• 13 x digestive biscuits (or other oaty biscuits, like Hob Nobs)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
For the filling:
• 3 x bananas
• 1 can (397g) sweetend condensed milk/dulce de leche
For the topping:
• 1 pot (284ml) double cream
• 2 tsp coffee granules
• 1 x square of chocolate

Preparation
For the crust:
I whizzed the biscuits in a food processor to get them nice and smooth, and melted the butter over the hob in a non-stick pan. I then combined them together, pressed them into a 7-8“ diameter non-stick baking tin (made of silicon-type material – useful for getting pies off of them, but make sure that you don’t break the crust when removing it from the oven!). I popped the crust in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 175◦C.

For the filling:
Now, make the toffee (dulce de leche) filling. This is done by emptying the condensed milk into an oven-proof dish, covering with tin foil, and then placing that in another dish that’s filled with about 2.5-3cm of water. Then, bake in the oven for an hour at 210-220◦C.
When that’s finished, remove the dish from the oven, and wait to cool slightly. In the meantime, chop the bananas up and spread them across the base. Then spread the toffee across all of the bananas, making sure to cover them all (so that they don’t go brown).
This is best done as soon as the toffee comes out of the oven, otherwise it will solidify a little and will be harder to spread across the bananas.
Cool in the fridge for at least one hour. I suppose you could keep the pie like this for a few days, and then follow the whipped cream stage on the morning that you intend to serve the pie. Products with fresh cream always go bad quickly, but I have a feeling that this pie won’t be around for long anyway!

For the topping:
Add the coffee to the cream, and whip in a food processor/electric beater until still peaks are formed. Then, spread across the pie creating pretty patterns. Grate some chocolate over the top, and voila!

Storage:
Keep in the fridge. I would say for up to three days, but once you’ve popped the cream on top it should ideally be within 1-2days at most.

Variations:
You could change the pie crust to oreos to create a black/chocolatey colour.
If you make a thicker base by using more biscuits (remember, the more biscuits you use the more butter you’ll need to hold it together), you could present the pie on its own, rather than in the dish, as the base will be stronger. But then you’ll probably want a bigger dish so that you can actually fit the filling in. So it’s just a matter of playing around with the amounts of ingredients to suit you. :-)
I’ve seen variations where the toffee is put on the pie base, then the banana coating, and then the cream, however, the toffee will help hide the fact that the bananas tend to go a little brown, and may (I hope!) even help the process slow down or even stop.
Maybe you could mash the bananas instead of slicing them. This way it’ll probably be easier to cut!
You could top it with desiccated coconut, or add it (perhaps along with fresh coconut, too?) in with the bananas for coconut and banoffee pie. Or you could add a bit of rum or Malibu into the mix?
You could add sugar in with the whipped cream or into the crust for a little extra sweetness. Icing sugar or brown sugar will probably help to whip the cream up a little more.
Vanilla essence could be popped in somewhere, such as in with the bananas, or it would be really nice to have vanilla flavoured cream.
I suppose you could use whipped cream from a can instead. :-)
Also, you could melt the chocolate and drizzle it across the cream for a different effect as opposed to grated chocolate. Or just sprinkle across cocoa powder instead.
You could use nuts!

I hope you enjoy your banoffee pie! :-)

One Comments to “Banoffee Pie | “Oh I made it…””

  1. jayne says:

    Nice… looks so good.. yumm

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