British Banoffee Pie for the Queen

Klassischer Banoffee-Pie

I was not aware that the British Queen actually celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Monarch on February 2, 2022. Having reigned for 70 years, that is rare, as far as I understand she has broken all records. Obviously the Brits are celebrating, new stamps are being issued, there is going to be a tree in front of Buckingham Palace created out of 350 local British trees; yes, we all need to dress up for this special occasion and be on our best behavior. The Brits also announced a baking competition open to all people residing in the UK 8 years or older. The Platin Pudding was asked to be created. Apparently more than 5,000 people submitted a recipe. The winner is Jemma Melvin with a Lemon Swiss roll trifle with Amaretti. It is very time-consuming as all five different components are made from scratch. You can check her recipe here.

Klassischer Banoffee-PieIt seems natural that the British people have a lot of special events planned for this year. However, I do like the fact that Zorra from the German blog Kochtopf created a blog event, which calls for pudding recipes for the Queen. Pudding is defined as anything sweet basically, so pies and cakes also count. Of course I had to be part of this blog event. I immediately thought about the British banoffee pie. Banoffee is a creation of the two words banana and toffee as these are the two main parts of the pie. The pie consists of a cookie crust, in Britian usually “digestive biscuits” are used, in the U.S. these are normally replaced with graham crackers. Then you have a layer of toffee or caramel, banana slices and whipped cream with some chocolate shavings. I tried two different versions of this pie. First I decided to use Latin American dulce de leche, a caramel made from sweetened milk. The second time around I decided to follow the recipe of the iconic Mary Berry (who is also a judge for the baking competition in the UK I mentioned above). Her recipe actually uses homemade toffee. However, I am sorry to say that I liked the version with dulce de leche much better. The toffee almost had the consistency of fudge, as it contains additional butter and sugar, it sort of was harder to eat and also overpowering the other flavors. There is a reason why there are a million Youtubes videos out there how to eat hard toffee without hurting your teeth. I prefer dulce de leche, it created less chaos and was much easier to handle.

Klassischer Banoffee-Pie

Credit: Adapted from The Happy Foodie

Classic Banoffee Pie for the Queen

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Serves: One 20-23cm/8 inch ∅ pie or springform
Prep Time: 30min Total Time: 30min

This classic banoffee pie for the Queen consists of a cookie crust, bananas, dulce de leche and whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • Pie Crust
  • 75 grams of butter
  • 150 grams of digestive biscuits (I used the brand McVities I found in Edeka) or graham crackers

  • Filling
  • 3 medium-sized bananas
  • Dulce de leche from one can (375grams) sweetened condensed milk, see here how to make it yourself
  • Optional: some lemon juice
  • 350 grams of heavy cream
  • 30 grams of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings for decoration

Instructions

1

For the pie crust melt the butter and either process the cookies in a food processor or make small crumbs by placing in a sealed plastic bag and then crush with a rolling pin. Add the melted butter and stir, then press mixture into the bottom of a pie plate. I usually use the bottom of a glass to press the crust down neatly. Chill for at least 15min.

2

For the filling peel and slice three bananes into about 1cm circles, place on top of the prepared pie crust. I usually like to sprinkle with some lemon juice to prevent from browning. I also feel that this is a nice contrast to cut that sweetness a bit. Spread the can of dulce the leche on top of the banans. While you prepare the rest, chill.

3

Beat the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Pile on top of the dulce de leche, creating a bit of a dome. You can either sprinkle with already made chocolate shavings or you can simply use a peeler and peel off some shavings from normal chocolate. Serve fresh, the pie will keep for a few days if chilled, but the whipped cream may start leaking a bit.

Klassischer Banoffee-Pie

P.S.: If you are interested in more Britisch recipes, how about:

Strawberry shortcakes

Toffee cake with dates

Shortbread cookies with edible flowers

Plum cupakes with bacon

Lemon elderberry cake

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    zorra vom kochtopf
    Sunday May 15th, 2022 at 03:25 PM

    Gut, dass du die Variante mit Toffee ausprobiert hast. Dann muss ich es nicht mehr austesten. Ich habe nämlich auch nur Banoffee-Pie mit DdL gemacht. Danke fürs Mitfeiern, der Queen wird deine Variante bestimmt auch schmecken!

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