Banoffee Pie

friendship day
“Friendship is something that cannot be defined
It rules your heart and sometimes the mind
The deepness of its love care and affection
Is not easy to find”  🙂
Good creativity Parul!! This is what sakshi said when she first heard these lines. I said thanks to my best buddy sakshi 🙂  and asked her what was it that she adored in me all these years. She smiled and said, “Well… let me think……hmmmmm…… welllll…..you are honest and loving and kind and smart and you my dear are the perfect definition of a friend…I think I have flattered you enough already so I rest my care here.”
I was so touched!! even after being together for so many years,every time she says something so wonderful about me,it feels just the way it did when she first said it. Maybe that is how  special our friends are and how wonderful they can make us feel.
Now that I had had my share of the flattery..it was Sakshi’s turn to go “awhhhh” 🙂
I said.”I adore the fact that you are my best friend for years now…. I can share everything with you, ……  I remember those school days when we cheered and laughed together,took long walks of the school campus talking about anything and everything,  and how not only our classmates and friends but our teachers also knew about the truly wonderful friendship we shared 🙂 playing basketball with you in the same team, giggling and gossiping while talking about the stupid rumours that went around in school, partying at birthdays,all the fun sleepovers and pajama parties that we used to have……
You have been my adorable dodo for years now sakshi.. and I still remember the truly funny manner in which we used to cross the roads from where our school bus used to drop us…..oh god..Now that we are well versed in that,thinking about the way we used to do it back then was scary.” I had already started to laugh before I could complete the sentence.The whole image of it was flashing right in front of my eyes.
Sakshi screamed at me,”Noooooooooooooooo…………Parul…. don’t you say that .” and then burst out laughing.
Foodie friends,now that I have already mentioned about sakshi’s exceptional road crossing skills..let me elaborate it a little for you…. she always used to somehow manage get us in middle of the road and then seeing traffic coming with a bewildered expression on her face,she used to ask me,”should we cross it or not” as if we really had the option of staying there with the traffic speedily towards us. I remember how every time I use to hold her hand and run to the other side .Well, there is no more crossing of roads now as cars have become our feet . But I do miss them and sakshi’s innocence .Haha… it used to be so much fun 🙂 Also how can I forget those extra efforts I had to take to explain to my tubelight buddy the actual and most important part of gossip which she always used to misunderstand and after the hard work that I had to do of making her understand,I would get the Ohhs and the Aahs from her.Though it is not her fault… She is a bit slow 🙂 lol……..
 Foodies Sakshi is giving me those angry looks while reading what I have written above….But I am having a lot of fun and i don’t want to stop…… ” you know I love you” I said to her with a twinkle in the eye and smile on my face and she just smiled. Such memories take us back in the best time of our life 🙂 and truly she is one of the best things that happened to me.
she said,”Thanks Parul … But I need to return the favour now by saying some good things about you too…so my over-emotional,super hyper and over thinker darling buddy, you remember how you still used to eat my head over stupid stuff… u still very much do that!! and how my over emotional sissy baby used to shed valuable tears for small things…. Foodies for my best friend Parul everything had to be in excess… she just can’t be happy with the normal….. I can still go on if you want me to…”and looked at me waiting for me to answer
“Hehe 🙂 You have had enough practice and so I will  continue to bother you like that for years to come … “,I said.
She smiled and said,”and how i love it” 🙂
 Foodies the fact is that there is nothing like true friendship . We are lucky to have had each other around since childhood and that is how we became best buddies.
So foodie friends don’t  just keep waiting. Share your experiences of friendship on our wall this entire week. (facebook.com/missfoodies101)
Coming to what we have on our menu today. Well ,when the day is so special the dish has to be special too so we bring to you friendships day special,  Best friend pie 🙂 Banoffee pie 🙂 Foodies Are you a fan of banoffee pie?? or does it make your teeth ache just to think of it? It does that to us for sure 🙂
 This one is a classic, indulgent dessert which will make your mouth water. This pie is crunchy, sticky, creamy and full of flavour. Its  just too good 🙂
Though being foodies we have shared lot of cuisines and dishes together for years but this one has its own story,that too a pretty recent one 🙂
The fact is we have never had this together. The Irony here is that both of us love banoffee pie and have spoken about it a lot many times but never really relished it together. We don’t know ourselves how we missed this one 😦  But nevertheless, when we thought of friendships day , we thought of Banoffee pie as it is quite a regular sweet dish at my home for parties 🙂 most of my family and relatives are in love with it 🙂 When we were discussing the idea of putting it up this week,it struck us that this was one thing we had never shared together. So we thought we will make this no matter what and enjoy each bite of our culinary creation this friendships day 🙂
So foodies now you know what makes this special. The fact that this is the very first time in so many years when both of us relished our very favourite pie while creating together in our kitchen 🙂
Foodies the thought of this friendships day gave us an unforgettable memory with our delicious banoffee pie 🙂 So though you may know your friends for long but small things like this may just add to your list of cherished moments 🙂
Foodies lets hear out your stories too 🙂 we welcome you to share your beautiful experiences with us by writing on our wall  throughout this friendship week 🙂  (facebook.com/missfoodies101)
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Foodies sometimes, food falls out of context. And the banoffee pie, a wonderfully over-the-top American-style dessert crowned with layers of whipped cream, which first saw the light of day in east Sussex in the early 70s sets as the perfect example.

Arguably the best dessert in the world! Banoffee pie (also spelled banoffi, or banoffy) is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate, coffee or both.

It is undoubtedly one of the best and easiest desserts to make. The delicious blend of rich caramel, banana and cream is simply irresistible. Full of all things naughty banoffee pie is irresistible. To save time, use bought dulce de leche instead of making your own caramel.

Banoffee pie also referred to as banoffy and banoffi, is a pastry from England made using bananas as the key ingredient, along with cream and toffee made out of boiled condensed milk. The name of the pie is an amalgamation of the words banana and toffee. Popular variations of this pastry include – Coffee Banoffee Pie, Alcoholic Banoffee Pie, Banoffee and Marshmellow Cake and Banoffee Cupcakes.

Lets brief you quickly about History of Banoffee Pie

Credit for the pie’s invention is claimed by Ian Dowding (chef) and Nigel Mackenzie (owner) at The Hungry Monk restaurant (now closed) in Jevington, East Sussex. They developed the dessert in 1972, having been inspired by an American dish known as “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie”, which consisted of smooth toffee topped with coffee-flavoured whipped cream. Dowding adapted the recipe to use instead the type of soft caramel toffee created by boiling a can of condensed milk, and worked with Mackenzie to add a layer of bananas. They called the dish “Banoffi” and Dowding describes the dish as proving so popular with their customers that they “couldn’t take it off” the menu 🙂

Creator Ian Dowding, Within a couple of years  began to see it on a lot of menus of other restaurants … people reported seeing it on menus in Australia and America, and there were even stories of it being served at No 10 and Buckingham Palace. He says ” Though sadly I had not been able to verify such reports .(though I yearn for confirmation that Ted Heath and Richard Nixon buried their faces in its whipped cream topping), if they aren’t true, they ought to be: at a time when British manufacturing was entering its terminal decline, this was a homegrown invention to be proud of.

Banofee Pie Final

Foodies celebrate this friendships day with traditional British dessert, banoffee pie  which has its share of fanatics. Banana slices, sticky toffee, and whipped cream are arranged in layers over a cookie-like crust, resulting in a dense, cool treat. Using crushed digestive biscuits and unsweetened whipped cream keeps it from being too sweet 🙂 This addictive pudding gets you few layers to byte in and enjoy the flavours 🙂

Base

Go for the dreaded biscuit bases, made from crushed digestives welded together with melted butter. We think the biscuit base has become popular for a reason. It’s delicious and, unlike short crust, it doesn’t go soggy at the bottom after a few hours, which is useful if you want that sneaky late-night second helping to be as good as the first 🙂

 Toffee

The next layer of the banoffee pie is the best, as far as we are concerned: toffee. (Well, more accurately, caramel.)  We like traditional recipe, boil a tin of condensed milk until it’s thick and sticky, but these days few food brands have done the hard work for you: instant gratification in a tin, like carnation caramel. I wouldn’t have mind bit more of caramel to our pie as I love it but my super healthy freak sakshi was way to sure where to stop J It was a good decision though as it gave our pie the perfect sweetness for serving elders at home and of course apt sweetness devoid us of being extra guilty of taking two to three servings 🙂

Bananas

This becomes a separate layer, slicing the yummy bananas thinly, rather than laying them out in halves. It gives a more even distribution.

Topping

Whipped cream is de rigueur here, preferably coffee-flavoured. You can add sugar as well for more sweetness. Always remember to beat the cream well until softly whipped peaks stand proud 🙂

Extras

You can scatters cream with instant coffee, which might prove unpleasantly bitter. Adding cinnamon sprinkle, is another option but we find it as a distraction from the main attraction. So in our kitchen we stick to chocolate flakes for finish. They end up giving away a nice presentation along with a tinge of sweetness 🙂

So This is our classic recipe using condensed milk to make a golden caramel and a crushed biscuit base 🙂 The end result is a classic creamy pudding of banana and toffee- a drizzle of chocolate takes the decadence up a notch  🙂

Have a look !!!

Ingredients Benofee Pie

Banofee Pie Ingredients

Directions1 Benofee Pie

Banofee Pie Method

Directions2 Benofee Pie

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With its fantastic combination of banana and toffee, banoffee pie is hard to beat. So this friendships day tempt your friends with a delicious banoffee pie recipe.

Do try this and we are sure you will all like it.

Wish you all a very Happy Friendships Day!!!

Cheers!!!

Sakshi n Parul

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