Banoffee pies are always a great way to finish off your evening meal when you are entertaining. I love making these little banoffee pies as individual treats for guests as you can really “jazz” them up by personalising the presentation plates or adding a message.
What will you need?
225 gr of digestive biscuits (I think it’s really worth buying good quality digestive biscuits for the base – you really do taste the difference)
120 g of melted butter
1 x 397g tin Nestlé Carnation caramel
1 x 300 ml pot of double cream
3 ripe bananas, cut into fine slices
Milk chocolate shavings
Extra banana slices (optional)
To decorate plate (optional) – bar of milk chocolate
Blitz the biscuits in a food processor or blender until you’ve got fine crumbs. I use a Vitamix for the job which is absolutely amazing. I chuck in the biscuits a few at a time and have crumbs within no time. Add the melted butter and blitz again until you’ve got a dough type consistency.
Divide the mixture over 8 individual tart tins (9 cm diameter). Using the loose bottom variety will ensure you can pop them out on a plate easier. Put away in the fridge and leave to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Spread the caramel over the individual bases, but don’t spread the mixture all the way to the edge. Take your slices of banana and arrange them over the caramel mixture.
Whisk the cream until you have soft peaks. (I find cream on its’ own a bit “mehh” so I always add just a tiny little bit of sugar to the cream to give it a bit of taste – it’s a throwback to my Dutch background 🙂 but completely optional of course. Put a dollop of cream on top of the individual pies.
Time to get creative now! Pop the pies out of the shapes (you’ve got this) – take your slices of additional banana and arrange on top of the pies. Finish off with some milk chocolate shavings on top for that little chocolate hit.
Optional personal touch
Place the individual banoffee pies on a white or glass plate. Melt the milk chocolate by placing it in a heatproof bowl and placing this over a saucepan with barely simmering water. Stir until completely melted. Leave to cool down slightly but not set. Put the melted chocolate in a piping bag with a small hole. Alternatively take a zipper sandwich bag and snip a small triangle off the end of the bag, to use as a piping bag.
Write your message of choice on the side of the plate. This can be the guests’ names, or a special message such as “happy birthday”, or “enjoy”. The last step is completely optional of course, but gives a nice personalised touch to this dessert.
Tip – If you’ve got time, practice some of the writing on a separate plate first – it can be a bit fiddly and it will give you a “feel” for the consistency of the chocolate before you dive in!