|Jar Jar Binks © Cookaroo|
There's a lot I have to say about Banoffee pies. For one, the first time I ever ate this pie was in New York. I was standing in the middle of Times Square, waiting for a Broadway show to begin and I had an hour to kill. So I decided to walk into what I thought was a coffee shop (I cannot remember which one) where I saw people eating all kinds of pies - Strawberry pie, lemon meringue, apple pie, pumpkin pie, peach tarts with raspberries, coconut cream pie, chocolate pies.
I ofcourse, wanted to try something new, something different. And the banoffee pie caught my eye. Especially because there was dulce de leche in it (which by then, I had come to love, eating all sorts of ice cream).
The stickiness of the dulce against the gooeyness of the banana and the crunch of the biscuit bottom was awesome. I did smudge off some of the cream, but yes, finished eating most of it.
Much later, when I watched the movie Love Actually, Kiera Knightley offered it to her 'silent' lover and then I remember much later, Mr Sanghvi writing a column about it.
The best place though, in Delhi to eat the Banoffee has always been Big Chill. That is also where my husband tried it for the first time. Ever since that, it's really been his favourite dessert.
I don't make it that often, only because making the Dulce de leche is so tedious. I do however, like to make it when people are coming over. And this short cut way of making it, really does change my mind. A whole tin will make you a 6-inch pie plus this. So really you have to play it by the ear.
So while the bigger pie was wiped out clean, this pie for one, is for tonight. For the husband.
|Although I did take a bite © Cookaroo|
6 digestive biscuits (or marie) crushed
1 tsp melted butter
4 tblsp dulce de leche (1 tin of condensed milk and 2 tblsp of milk)
4 tblsps whipped cream
Grated chocolate for the top
1. Crush the digestive biscuits with a rolling pin and add melted butter to it. Press it down into your single pan. Or into the jar. Let it chill for one hour.
2. Make the Dulche De Leche by emptying the tin of condensed milk into a large microwable bowl. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, if the bowl threatens to boil over. Turn it off, give it a stir. Turn the microwave back on, and let it thicken for another 3 minutes. Totally the dulce de leche should take under 10 minutes. If it's browning too quickly, yank it out of the microwave and set it aside to cool.
3. Once the dulce de leche cools (about 20 minutes), run it in a blender with 2 tblsp of milk, until smooth. Set aside.
4. Whip the cream and allow it to stand in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Bring out the tin with biscuits. Layer it with the dulce de leche. Slice the bananas and arrange in a layer. Top with whipped cream . Let it chill for atleast 1 hour before eating.
5. Serve with chocolate shavings.
I am also sending this to Amina's Guest Quest, also because today's the last day for the entries :)