Banoffee Pie

I’m sitting here hemming and hawing over how to convince you to make this pie NOW without coming across as pushy. (Me? Pushy? Never!)

How about: If I had to choose ONE dessert to eat before I die, this would be it. No question. And that is saying a lot considering I’d take chocolate over life any day.

Not enough?

What about: This pie is so good that after eating two pieces (ok, three), I went into labor. Not for two weeks and not without being induced, but still, I think there’s something to it.

Convinced? Hmmm…

How’s this:
I promise you that this pie will change the way you view pie and life in general. And that’s not a bad thing. Delicious, sinful, decadent pie that is seriously so easy, you’ll mourn the loss each day this pie has not been in your life.

I’m sorry to hold out on your for so long, but really, you need to make this and become one with the Banoffee Pie. After the success that was homemade dulce de leche, I needed more applications for the divine concoction and suffice it to say, after this stunner of a pie, I haven’t looked any further for ways to use dulce de leche. This is it, baby. A chocolate crust smothered in dulce de leche, topped with toffee, banana slices, creamy brown sugar whipped cream cheese (seriously) and more toffee. I mean, really, can you even handle it? I can’t. So that’s all the convincing I can do. I hope it worked because I really, really don’t want to be the only one out there winning the Guinness Book of World Record for eating my body weight in Banoffee Pie.

Banoffee Pie

The Best Banoffee Pie

Yield: Serves 8

The Best Banoffee Pie

Note: I use the Heath brand of chocolate covered toffee bits. If you can't find chocolate covered, chop up regular-sized Heath bars. Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature, otherwise, the topping may be prone to little lumps of cream cheese. Also, it's really important to have a healthy layer of bananas otherwise the pie is too sweet. If your bananas are small and two won't cut it, don't be afraid - add a third.

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos or Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Pie:
  • 20 ounces dulce de leche (1 1/2 cans) or make your own
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup chocolate covered toffee bits
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces light or regular cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions

  1. Add the cookies and butter to a blender or food processor and process until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Refrigerate or freeze until set (this makes it easier to spread the dulce de leche over the crust). Spread the dulce de leche over the bottom and up the sides of the chilled crust.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar, brown sugar and cream cheese. Whip with a handheld or electric stand mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add the heavy whipping cream and starting at the lowest speed (to avoid splatters), mix until combined. Increase the mixer speed to medium and mix until the mixture is light and creamy and is the consistency of spreadable, thick frosting.
  3. Slice the bananas about 1/4-inch thick and layer the slices over the dulce de leche in the crust. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup toffee bits over the bananas. Spread the whipped cream filling over the bananas and toffee, making sure to spread all the way to the edges of the pie, covering the bananas completely so they don't brown. Sprinkle the top of the pie with the remaining toffee bits. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving and up to 8 hours (longer than that and the bananas may get a little brown and mushy).
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/banoffee-pie/

Recipe Source: adapted from Our Best Bites

50 Responses to Banoffee Pie

  1. Natalie says:

    We love Banoffee pie in my family. I will have to try this version. We always make it with a graham cracker crust topped with unsweetened whipped cream and orange zest.

  2. Renee says:

    I have never even heard of this pie but it sounds delicious! It would be a easy dessert for company.

  3. Teresa R. says:

    Sounds wonderful. I’ll probably wait till this next weekend to try it, but I know we’ll
    love it!

  4. marybeth says:

    can you tell me where to look in grocery store for the dulce de leche?????

  5. MrsS says:

    My husband lived in England for a few years so I have made the “English” version using chocolate Hob Nobs for the crust and a Flake chocolate bar for the topping. I will have to try your vesion as trying to find Hob Nobs and Flake bars isn’t always an easy task. I find your comment about it putting you into labor quite comical. I am reaching my due date of August 12 and as it gets hotter and I get more uncomfortable, I just might have to see what this pie can do for me.

  6. This sounds incredible! I need to try this!

  7. auntiepatch says:

    Can this be made without bananas? We really aren’t banana lovers……

  8. Mel says:

    marybeth – I’ve never bought dulce de leche, I’ve always made it myself (there is a link in the post to the homemade kind) but I think I’ve spied it in the Mexican foods aisle of the grocery store.

    auntiepatch – hmmm, I wouldn’t leave out the bananas – they help to cut the sweetness and add necessary texture. Sorry!

  9. grace says:

    no doubt aboot it (that’s my impression of a canadian accent), banoffee pie is ridiculously good. it seems like a random combination, but it’s simply amazing.

  10. Denise says:

    Sounds wonderful, but I think using a chocolate wafer or chocolate graham cracker crust would lessen the highly ‘sweetness’ of the pie…it IS very sweet, but bananas chocolate, caramel and cream cheese? well , that spells heaven to me !

  11. kate C. says:

    How about a picture of a cut slice??? That might convince me – I love to see the inside of what I might make before I make it! :)

  12. Veronica says:

    I like the chocolate crust! I will try it this way next time.

  13. Loy says:

    This look delicious. I almost passed it up because I though it might have coffee in it, and I don’t like coffee. Instead it has everything I like bananas, toffee, dulce de leche, cream cheese and whipping cream. What more can I ask? I will be making this very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Ayanna says:

    This may be the only time I wished I weighed more so I could also eat my body weight in Banofee Pie…for World Records sake of course because who would eat it for fun…right? Ok fine! I would! Where have you been my whole life Banofeeeeeeeee?!

  15. Emily says:

    I almost didn’t even click on the post because I thought the “offee” in “Banoffee” was coffee….. and the coffee/banana combo did not appeal to me, not even a little.

    I’m glad it’s toffee…. and I’m glad I clicked. :)

  16. gigi says:

    You don’t have to bake the crust ?

  17. Vickie says:

    I’m still chuckling at the thought that with the other ingredients in the list you still offered the lighten up the cream cheese option. Yep, make mine the light version so I can have another slice!

  18. Mel says:

    gigi – nope, I don’t bake the crust. I’ve made it before with a chocolate cookie crust that I did bake and it worked fine that way, too, I just prefer it this way.

  19. Brittany says:

    So this is probably a weird question, Mel, but I have oreos to use for this crust. Do I have to scrape off the creme part of the Oreo and just use the cookie part or is it okay to use all of it?

    Thanks!

  20. Darci Thorsted says:

    What if you are allergic to bananas? I want to try this so bad, it looks delicious. Can you think of anything to substitute instead?

  21. I loooove banoffee pie! Yours sounds delicious!

  22. Mel says:

    Brittany – nope, don’t scrape out the Oreos. Use the whole cookie.

    Darci – I think this pie really needs the bananas to offset the sweetness. Sorry! That’s a bummer to be allergic to bananas, man.

  23. Rachel says:

    I love Banoffee Pie! I make a very tiny version though because one piece is enough for everyone and the whipped cream seeps in the fridge.

  24. Kendall says:

    Mmmm…delicious! Thank you for sharing! I made this the other day when we had the missionaries over for dinner. I am always looking for a new experiment to try when we have them (my philosophy: even if it’s a major dud, those boys will eat it anyway – haha!), and this pie did NOT disappoint! Everyone agreed that the bananas were a nice surprise to bite into. It was so yummy, I did not send them home with extras like I usually do…but I did tell them I would make it again the next time they come over ;)

    Love your blog! I haven’t tried a recipe yet that I haven’t looooved!!

  25. Debra Kapellakis says:

    I saved it, YUMMY!

  26. haha… love the labor story!! The pie looks and sounds delicious as well!!!

  27. Megan says:

    If you’re looking for another recipe to use up your dulce de leche, this looks super good. It’s on y docket to try: http://www.onelovelylife.com/?p=5213

  28. Stephanie says:

    I took this to a friend’s house for dinner and her daughters were absolutely not going to have any cause they thought it sounded weird. But then they tasted it, and oh, they inhaled it. I didn’t take any home and they told their mom she HAD to get this recipe. So thanks! It’s awesome.

  29. Brittany says:

    Megan, I tried that dulce de leche brownie recipe last week and it was terrible–the brownies were super, super dry and crumbly and I cooked them 10 minutes less than it called for. They looked great though. :)

    I have made this pie twice now. I love bananas and caramel so it’s right up my alley. The only problem is that it is almost too sweet so I’m going to have to tweak it a bit to make it less so (like the toffee bits aren’t really needed, etc.) . Also, it’s super hard for me to spread the dulce de leche on the cookie crust. Paula Dean’s recipe says to just pour it over the bananas so that is what I started doing and it works much better for me.

    Mel, just out of curiosity, where did this recipe come from? I have been researching other banoffee pie recipes and most of them use digestive biscuits or graham crackers for the crust and straight whipping cream (no cream cheese) for the topping, so I was curious how this recipe came to be. It’s a keeper!

    Thanks!

  30. Mel says:

    Brittany – I adapted the recipe from one I spied on ourbestbites.com (listed in the Recipe Source under the recipe above) but I don’t know where they got it from. I have come across several other banoffee pie recipes since then that are quite different so it looks like there are a lot of variations out there.

  31. Wow!!! That’s a description! I wish I had more excuses to make desserts, because if it is not a special occasion then I eat it all myself (not good)! This, for sure, will be made for the next get together.

  32. Mel says:

    I am English, this is a favorite for my family. Just thought I would share…….
    I gave my daughter -in-law ‘death by chocolate’ at her baby shower, she had her baby that night. Must be the chocolate factor ha?

  33. I made this for Thanksgiving yesterday and I think I may have done something wrong because it was a total mess when I cut it. There’s about half of the pie left and the empty half of the pie plate is flooded with thinned out dulce de leche. Does that happen for you? I pictured the dulce de leche staying in a firmer layer and being able to see all the distinct layers of the pie. I’m not sure why it thinned out so much in the pie. I also found the whole thing to be too sweet for me.

    The good news is, we love the dulche de leche. It is SO easy! It’s like magic to come down in the morning and sure enough, it turned into dulche de leche over night! It was perfect for dipping apples and pretzles, or fingers (my 5 year old daughter). I’m pretty sure this will be the Christmas treat we make to give away to friends/teachers, etc. this year. It will be cute in mason jars with an apple on top all in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon or raffia. Thank you for supplying me with such an easy, delicious idea!

  34. Mel says:

    Hi Michelle – I made this pie, too, for Thanksgiving and made the mistake of using two small bananas, which meant the banana layer wasn’t very prominent and the overall pie was WAY too rich and sweet. It made me realize that a thick layer of bananas is needed to offset the sweetness.

    I’ve noticed if we have leftovers (lasting more than a day or so) that the pie gets a bit soupy. I’m guessing the dulce de leche thins out a bit upon standing with the other ingredients. But yes, it is kind of a “softer” pie. I can cut it into slices but I kind of scoop them onto plates. It doesn’t hold it’s shape like, say, a pumpkin pie. Hope that helps!

  35. Athena says:

    My Goodness! I made this pie for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! Thank you so much for sharing it! Next time, and there WILL be a next time, I will up the quantity of bananas so there is a good two layers of them because, yes, they balance the sweetness. I pressure cooked my cans of sweetened condensed milk for 16 minutes instead of the recommended 15 and maybe that helped the consistency hold up and not ooze too much. Thank you again for making me a star this Thanksgiving! ;-)

  36. Sarah Cellan says:

    My husband went to Scotland on his mission and this is his favorite dessert from there. I found a cheater recipe that tastes divine and he likes, so I can’t wait to try this one! Thank you so much!!!!!!

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  38. Ellen Greenwald says:

    A friend made this and it is truly one of the best desserts I ever tasted!

  39. tricia says:

    you need to put unflavored geletin in the whipped cream, it makes it firm and keeps for days!

  40. Boe says:

    Mel!! I made this pie yesterday (in honor of Pi Day ;) ) and well, my extremely picky boyfriend just said this: “Well, I don’t like bananas, or toffee, but damn, that’s a good pie.” You know that’s a winner!! He wasn’t even going to try it because of that but he said that after one bite. The best feeling in the world is converting a skeptic! Thanks for the amazing recipes!

  41. Rachel says:

    This looks amazing! I think I’ll make it for our dessert night on Sunday. Thanks Mel!

  42. Melissa says:

    This was SO good!!! I bought the dulce de lech (found by the evaporated/condensed milk section) and I didn’t have the soupy problem some people are talking about. I had leftovers on day three and it was still amazing!!

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  44. Deb says:

    I made this for company, and not just any company, the kind we had just met and were having over for the first time. I trust you like that :) You did not disappoint…you never do…it was amazing! Everyone loved it – young and old. I only used a 12 oz can of dulce de leche since you said how sweet it was and I wouldn’t use more than that for sure, maybe I’d even use less next time. The flavor combination was incredible and the pie came together so easily. A real winner, Mel!

  45. Viktoriya says:

    Could you use plain toffee bits, not chocolate covered?

  46. Lee says:

    Would appreciate it if someone could tell me what I did wrong…
    while the pie was still DELICIOUS, I had trouble with the topping.
    I followed all directions, including room temperature cream cheese – but after adding the heavy cream to the sugar/cheese mixture, it would just barely start to whip up, but then would separate into lumpy liquid. This happened 2x, so I ended up just whipping the cream on its own. Thoughts?
    (Still no leftovers and no complaints!)

    • Mel says:

      Lee – Did you use light cream cheese or regular? I’m not really sure what went wrong although I know others have mentioned when they add the cream cheese and cream together (before whipping), the overall mixture doesn’t get as thick for them. I use my blender which whips it up very thick but if it works better for you to whip the cream first and then fold in the cream cheese, that might be a better option.

  47. mangomama says:

    This was delicious– thanks for a great recipe! I did do a few things to cut the sweetness a bit: for the crust used Famous Chocolate Wafer cookies instead of Oreos (just crushed the cookies and mixed them with melted butter using the recipe on the box which eliminated the sweetness from the oreo filling), used 16 oz. of store bought dulce de leche (instead of 20 oz), used three bananas instead of two, and cut the powdered sugar in the whipped cream/cream cheese topping down to 2 Tablespoons (left the brown sugar at 1/4 cup). The pie was still very sweet and very delicious but no problems with “soupy-ness” or anything else. Thanks again!

  48. mangomama says:

    PS I whipped the cream cheese (regular, not light) until it was smooth and fluffy, added the sugars and then added the heavy whipping cream– worked great!

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