Original Banoffi/Banoffee Pie

Recipe by KLHquilts
READY IN: 3hrs 30mins




  • Make toffee: (Note that these are my directions for making toffee; Mr. Dowding presents an oven method.) Remove labels from two cans of sweetened condensed milk. (Note that it MUST be sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk!).
  • Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. (You want the water to be a good 4-6 inches over the tops of the cans.) Drop the cans into the boiling water and boil for 2-1/2 hours.
  • Note that it is EXTREMELY important to keep track of the water, and to make certain that the cans stay covered. If the water boils below the tops of the cans, the cans may overheat and eventually explode. If you keep the cans covered with water and pay attention, this is not a dangerous thing to do -- just don't take a nap, go outside, or get involved in a long phone conversation. Stay in the kitchen and you'll be fine!
  • When you're done boiling the cans, turn the heat off and let the water cool a bit. I place the stockpot in the sink and start running cool, then cold, water into the stockpot, so the transition from boiling water to cool water is slow and steady. When the cans are completely cool to the touch, it's safe to open them. Do NOT open the cans when they're hot, to avoid being splattered by hot caramel.
  • Make pastry: Place flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut the butter into cubes and cut into the flour mixture until it appears like fine bread crumbs.
  • Work in the egg and egg yolk to form a paste.
  • Chill dough for half an hour. Roll out pastry and line a 1" deep springform pan.
  • Prick the pie crust, then line with parchment paper and weigh down with pie weights or dried legumes.
  • Cook at 350 for fifteen minutes, then remove from oven and remove the parchment paper and pie weights.
  • Return the pie crust to the oven and cook until it is evenly golden. (Mr. Dowding does not give a time estimate.) Remove from oven and cool.
  • Assemble pie:.
  • Spread caramel/toffee over cooled pie crust.
  • Peel and split the bananas lengthwise. Arrange them on top of the coffee so that the curve of the banana fits the curve of the pie crust.
  • Whip the cream, instant coffee, and caster sugar until it holds its shape (soft whip).
  • Spread the cream over the bananas, up to the edge of the pie crust. Sprinkle very lightly with ground coffee.