You guys. This pie is awesome. I first had this while studying abroad in Scotland, and I just made it last week for the first time, and I must say, I WILL be making this more often down the road.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk, unopened
- a few tablespoons of butter (maybe 3-4), melted
- about 6 oz. or so of digestive biscuits (McVitie’s brand or similar – you can find these in the cracker/cookie area at Walmart). These are kind of like graham crackers, so I’m sure you could substitute those if you absolutely cannot find digestives, but I’d highly recommend looking around for the real thing first. It’s worth the $0.50 more.
- 3 bananas
- 1/2 pint heaving whipping cream
Here’s what you do:
1) Locate a night on your calendar that you can stay in for a while, and fill a big pot of water on the stove. Peel the label off the can of sweetened condensed milk, and place the can itself (unopened) in the pot. Make sure the water covers the whole can. Then cover the pot and let it boil for 2-3 hours, which will turn the milk magically into thick, sweet toffee. (Make sure to check the water level periodically to make sure it doesn’t cook down, otherwise it might explode. Really!) (If you want to make more than one can, it’s smart to do so – they keep forever in the fridge.) Let the can cool completely before opening (let’s face it – you might as well just go to bed and assemble it in the morning).
2) Crush the digestives (I put them in a ziplock bag and then used a rolling pin, but get ‘er done however you want to). Also, when you’re crushing the digestives, it’s helpful to have a little dog licking up the crumbs under the counter. Like so:
3) Mix the crushed digestives with melted butter and spread evenly into a sprayed pie pan. (The mixture will be a bit “fragile” feeling, but it will be okay.) Cover the bottom and as far up the sides as you can considering the amount of mixture you have. I didn’t get a photo of this step. Sorry.
4) Open the can of amazing caramel. Stare in awe. (The sight of the toffee is so beautiful you might not notice the -ahem- box in the background…I should remember to crop these photos before uploading. I digress.)
5) Spoon the entire can of caramel/toffee/dulce de leche into the pie crust.
6) Whip the cream.
7) Slice up two bananas and place the slices on top of the toffee, covering the whole thing. (I don’t have a photo, but you’ve all seen sliced bananas before. Just imagine them on top of the toffee.)
8) Spread whipped cream over the entire thing, then sprinkle with extra digestive biscuit crumbs, cocoa powder, or shaved chocolate. (I used the crumbs because I’m not a huge chocolate fan.)
9) Set in the fridge to cool for a while. Then slice and serve with additional banana slices as garnish. Close your eyes and sigh contentedly, for now you know what heaven must surely be like.
10) If there are leftovers, after a day they might look like this: (Note that the toffee has slid out a bit. There is no reason to be alarmed about this. It’s still just as delicious.)
Fun fact!* In Love, Actually, when Kiera Knightly’s character Juliet visits her husband’s best friend, she offers him banoffee pie and after he refuses, says, “Thank God. You would’ve broken my heart if you’d said yes.” I know the feeling, Juliet, I know the feeling.
*On second thought, it’s not really “fun” – more of just a fact.