Jumping back into the cook book challenge this week, I turned to a book that fills me with indecisions like few others. As the name suggests, Dream Desserts is filled with dreamy recipes for every occasion. From winter warmers to light summer desserts, from the simplest of cakes to decadent desserts that require a bit of know-how, this book has it all. What's more is that this book has a lot of desserts that are quite different from what I would usually do, or create, or crave, myself, so it encourages me to try some new things.
This week I decided to try a dessert I've always heard about but had no idea what it actually was:Banoffee Pie
Or a Boston Banoffee Pie, to be exact. I have no idea what makes it specifically Boston-esque as I can't see how this differs from the traditional English version. Semantics aside, this pie is made of nom.
If you have a food processor, making the pastry base is a cinch. If, like me, you don't, rubbing the butter into the flour is going to be more arduous and messy than your basic scone dough requires, but the result will be worth it.
For the best short crust pastry, don't over work it. It's ready when it forms clumps when pushed together like so.
The recipe says to use a fluted flan dish, but any tin or ramekin or pie dish will do. If you use a pie dish, you can have a bit of fun with the crust.
We got all excited about the caramel and if it wasn't so piping hot, it may never have made it into the pastry case. After burning my mouth on a taste-test, it was deemed that the case was the best home for the caramel. For now.
Once it's cooled, it's decorated with bananas, cream and chocolate. I used Cadbury Flake to top this one off, because nom.
I had such a disasterous day in the kitchen making this one, so to have something pie-ish by the end of it was a relief.
This baby ended up as dessert for us for the next three meals. It was delicious. While I like bananas, I usually have little desire to put them in desserts. They're not my absolute favourite fruit, but I have to say I loved them in this. In future I would probably include more than one ring of garnish of them. The bananas complimented it so well and cut through the richness of the toffee.
Here's the recipe from Dream Desserts:
Boston Banoffee Pie
150g/5oz/1 1/4 cups plain flour
You'll find the printable version of this recipe here.
5 thoughts on “Cook Book Challenge: Week 32”
It was nice to try this after having seen it and heard about it a few times in the past. Definitely very yummy – loved the combination of the bananas with the caramel.
All kinds of deliciousness involved!
Nom nom nom!!
I tried this a few days ago and we loved it! The only criticism I got was that it was packed with maybe too much sweetness, so I was thinking of substituting this pastry with shortcrust pastry next time. What do you think? And yes, I’m not a banana fan either, but I’d put an additional ring of them here, too.
Thanks for sharing! :))
P.S.: I’ve seen your christmassy posts, but I’ve yet to comment each one; just know I think you’re a genius!
Re: All kinds of deliciousness involved!
Apologies for the belated reply! As for the pastry substitution – I believe the pastry in this recipe is basically a short crust so not sure how that would go to solve the problem. I think it’s perhaps a bit too much toffee and not enough other stuff to balance it. I think next time I will probably line the base of the tart with bananas and add about half as much toffee. I think more fruit may make it a tad more bearable.
Every once in a while I find myself making this recipe again that I found in 2012 or so on Deviantart (what a time right haha). I had forgotten all about this recipe and your account which I used to follow and then a few months ago I felt like a caramel pie again and went on a path down memory lane on deviantart to find this recipe again!! Ah it’s such a great recipe, whenever I bake it for people the pie vanishes in a matter of minutes. I don’t know if you’ll actually will receive a notification for this but I just wanted to say I love your recipes and its nice to see all the other recipes that have been added since 2012. I will be trying out more recipes from you, hope you are doing well!!
Hey! Thank you for your super lovely comment. It’s honestly very cool that the recipe is serving you well after all these years! ❤