Best Banoffee Pie Recipe

One of my favorite restaurants in the world is The Quay’s Wine Bar in Galway City, Ireland. I first introduced my husband to my parents there. Later, I introduced my brother to the amazing Thai Mussels there as well. 

For a while, I also shared a flat with the restaurant’s head chef. I once asked her for a recipe to impress my new Irish boyfriend on his birthday. I was looking for anything but cake. 

Maria suggested Banoffee Pie and invited me into The Wine Bar’a kitchen to show me how to make it.  Historically speaking Banoffee Pie is a dessert first served in England. While it may not be a traditional Irish dessert it is for me a very Irish memory. 

Best Banoffee Pie Recipe

Maria makes her toffee, by placing closed tins of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of simmering water for an hour or so. I have found the microwave to be quicker. However, if you make this regularly you could boil multiple tins and store the extras until the next craving hits.

Maria also uses Irish Digestive Biscuits. They are a dense cookie with a light honey flavor similar to a graham cracker. They can be difficult to find outside the Emerald Isle and are often a bit costly. Plain honey graham crackers are a fine substitute.

To make this dessert a bit more Irish for St. Patrick’s Day I have added some pipped chocolate shamrocks. I would also recommend partially dipping a few banana slices in chocolate for a pretty and tasty garnish.

Banoffee Pie Recipe - Skip the green dye, pipe chocolate shamrocks instead.

Skip the green dye, pipe chocolate shamrocks instead.

 By the way, my boyfriend loved the dessert then. He’s my husband now. We are still known to enjoy a slice of Banoffee pie on a quite Sunday evening.

Erin Go Braugh!

Best Banoffee Pie Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

3 bananas

2 cans sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons melted butter

Whipped cream

1.  Mix crumbs and butter together. Press into spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10  minutes. Cool.

2.  Slice bananas. Place on crust in concentric circles.

3.  To make toffee, place sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. When hot, the milk will foam up quite high. I cook one can at a time to avoid a mess. Heat at medium power for 2 minutes. Stir. Heat for an additional 12 minutes on low power. Stir every two minutes. Toffee is ready when it is thick and golden in color. 

4. Quickly spread toffee over bananas. Toffee cools quickly. Let sit 30 minutes.

5. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Banoffee Pie - An impressive yet easy dessert. Perfect for any occasion.

An impressive yet easy dessert. Perfect for any occasion.

Banoffee Pie Recipe
Historically speaking Banoffee Pie is a dessert first served in England. While it may not be a traditional Irish dessert it is for me a very Irish memory.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 bananas
  2. 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  4. 3 tablespoons melted butter
  5. Whipped cream
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix crumbs and butter together. Press into spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool.
  2. 2. Slice bananas. Place on crust in concentric circles.
  3. 3. To make toffee, place sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl. When hot, the milk will foam up quite high. I cook one can at a time to avoid a mess. Heat at medium power for 2 minutes. Stir. Heat for an additional 12 minutes on low power. Stir every two minutes. Toffee is ready when it is thick and golden in color.
  4. 4. Quickly spread toffee over bananas. Toffee cools quickly. Let sit 30 minutes.
  5. 5. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.
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