Friday, January 29, 2010

Orla's Banoffee Pie

One of the best things about working at a Global company is visitors!! We have a lovely visitor in our group this quarter, from London, Orla. She had her first peanut butter sandwich at work last week and is now eating at least one a day (a girl after my own heart). Over lunch she mentioned her favorite desert: banoffee pie. I have no idea why I've never had this/heard of it before, but we made it Wednesday night. And it will not be the last time.

We found the recipe for this graham cracker-toffee-banana goodness from Paula Deen (sure sign that it will be delish/clog your arteries).

It's quite simple really-- you just mash the gram crackers in a plastic bag with a '"tea towel" around it:
Then you mix the grahams with plenty of butter and press them in a pie dish. Pop it in the oven for 6 minutes and voila!
Then on to the caramel: we modified the recipe slightly-- rather than this whole "poaching pan" business to caramelize the condensed milk, we just heated it in a small pot on medium heat for about 12 minutes, stirring continuously. (Tip from Orla's banoffee-master British friend)
When it's nice and sticky-icky (with some brown spots) you take the condensed milk-turned-caramel off the stove and put it into a bowl...
and then spread it on the crust!
Throw it in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. While it's chilling, you slice the bananas, and whip the cream:
After that, you just layer on the sliced bananas, whipped cream and some chocolate chunks or shavings (we did one pie of each) on top. So it looks like this:
Yummmmm? YES. Here's Orla smiling with her beloved pie!

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