I hear the words “Banoffee Pie” uttered at The Old Forge Inn in Enniskerry and I am reminded of one of my all time favorite holiday movies. I am stuffed so I don’t order the pie but I begin to tell the waitress about how it reminds me of Love Actually. I have never tried Banoffee Pie but I do remember Kiera Knightly’s character, Juliet, bribing her husband’s best friend to show her the video from her wedding day. Mark, played by Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead fame (which happens to be one of my fav shows too), is reluctant, awkward and unable to divert her attention. She finds the video and sits herself down on the sofa. Do you remember this scene?
You would’ve broken my heart if you’d said yes.
Oh, right. Well, lucky you.
Can I come in?
Er, yeah, well, I’m a bit busy but –
I was just passing and I thought we might check that video thing out. I thought I might be able to swap it for some pie…or maybe Munchies?
Actually, I was being serious – I don’t know…where it is. I’ll have a look tonight. I’ll have a poke around tonight —
Mark, can I say something?
I know you’re Peter’s best friend. And I know you’ve never particularly warmed to me. Look, don’t – don’t argue. We’ve never got friendly, but I just wanted to say I hope that can change. I’m nice. I really am, apart from my terrible taste in pie…
I don’t think it’s a terrible choice in pie at all. So much so, the next evening at The Coach House in Roundwood, I hear that Banoffee Pie is on the menu. I deliberately leave room for dessert. Before I can whip my camera out, Karina devours it in 30 seconds flat.
So begins my quest. I know finding items in Berlin is never as simple as one would think so I make a point of going into every little shop every chance I get – even the little convenience/grocery store in Laragh that doubles as a coffee shop.
I actually find digestive biscuits at the Marks & Spencer on Henry Street in Dublin and I’m ecstatic. I want to buy them all but Odd would think I’m insane so I go with one package. Next quest is to find condensed milk. I circle the aisles but am not successful.
With digestive biscuits and condensed milk in hand, I am now ready to make Banoffee Pie. What a great portmanteau, Banana + Toffee = Banoffee. I love saying it!…just like in the movie, zip up your sweater and cue in Dido.
Makes 8 (I’m starting to think I have a thing for jars)
7 ounces or about 13 digestive biscuits, crumbled in food processor
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 (397 g) can condensed milk or 1 can dulce de leche
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
3 – 4 large bananas, sliced
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
If you’re starting out with condensed milk, you’ll have to submerge in water and boil for 2 hours to make dulce de leche. Be sure to have water covering the top at all times or else you will have a goopy mess all over your ceiling. I added water about every 15 minutes just to be safe.
Oh Banoffee how I love thee…