Thursday, March 28, 2019

On the MENU This Week. Banoffee Pie

It is frustrating when, after a good restaurant meal, you simply have no room for dessert and you see one of your favourites on the menu. This happened to Lynne recently and it doesn’t happen often, as she rarely orders dessert, unless it’s an old favourite like this. We know you all do a lot of entertaining in summer, despite the hot weather. Lynne thought she would give you a simple but delicious recipe which takes very little time or effort to make, as many of the ingredients could come from your store cupboard or a quick trip to a local supermarket. Might work well during the coming public holidays. And NO, it is not slimming or Banting
Photograph courtesy of Blog do Sidnei Coelho
1 packet of plain digestive biscuits – 120g melted butter – 3 bananas – half a lemon - 1 tin of Caramel condensed milk, Nestles Treat – 250 ml of whipping cream – optional: 1 or 2 t of whisky – chocolate curls – pecan nuts
Put the biscuits into a food processor and break them up to a rough crumb. Or put into a plastic bag and beat with a rolling pin. Put into a bowl and pour over the melted butter and mix well. Take a loose-bottomed cake tin, approx 20 cm, and line with a disc of baking paper. This makes it much easier to cut later. Press the biscuit crumbs firmly onto the base. Then slice the bananas and make two layers of them at the bottom of the pie. Squeeze over a little lemon juice to keep the banana white and to add a little contrast to the very sweet caramel. Pour or spoon on the caramel and cover the bananas. Put it into the fridge to set. Just before serving, whip the cream and top the pie. You can add a little whisky to the cream if you like and you can sprinkle over some chocolate curls. Some people like to add some nuts to this pie, but these are all optional extras and are not traditional
For a dinner party, you could make individual pies. Make them in soufflĂ© dishes so that they don’t have to be turned out and sliced
You can make your own caramel by boiling tins of condensed milk for hours, but save the planet's resources and just buy the ready-made one

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