Banoffi Pie and a Language Lesson

Have I got a treat for you! Yesterday, we had our final meeting for the Ruth Bible Study I was in. We finished out the study in true "church lady" fashion with a brunch potluck. I was coerced asked to bring one of the recipes in the Bible study member book. Kelly Minter, the author of the study, said, "If you try only one recipe, this is the one!" Just as she did not steer us wrong in our deeper understanding of this powerful little book of the Bible, she was right on with this recipe. So, today I will share with you this recipe for Banoffi Pie and a Language Lesson. You can gain a pound or two and some head knowledge just by reading this post ;-)
Here's what you'll need: graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, bananas, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, instant coffee and chocolate shavings or sprinkles (not shown)
Start by immersing the two cans of unopened sweetened condensed milk in a deep pot of boiling water. They'll need to boil for 3 hours, all the while adding water to keep the cans covered. Remove the cans from the water and allow to cool completely.
Hello, lovely! Where have you been all my life? This is the nectar of heaven right here...homemade toffee. Wow! Is it ever good!
Meanwhile, mix up the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pat into your 9" pie plate, or in my case 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 inch rectangular pan. Bake for about 8 minutes in 400 degree oven. Remove and allow to cool completely.
Whip together the heavy cream, powdered  sugar, vanilla and instant coffee until thick and smooth. (Do not will turn to sweetened butter.)
Spread 1/3 of the toffee over the crust.
Slice the bananas onto the toffee making a layer. Then spread with another layer of toffee.
Slice up the rest of the bananas onto the pie ...
and cover with remaining toffee.
Spread the heavenly whipped cream mixture over the pie or pipe it on decoratively.
Top with chocolate shavings, fresh ground coffee or chocolate sprinkles. Serve immediately.

Banoffi or Banoffee Pie
(taken from the Ruth bible study...Loss, Love & Legacy by Kelly Minter)

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
10 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
3 large bananas
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. powdered instant coffee
freshly ground coffee, chocolate shavings or chocolate sprinkles

Immerse the unopened cans of sweetened condensed milk in a deep pot of boiling water. Cover and boil for 3 hours, making sure the cans remain covered with water. (Add water as neededd.) Remove the cans from the water; allow to cool completely.

While you cook the sweetened condensed milk, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and press mixture into 9" pie plate. (I used a 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 inch pan.) Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Whip the cream with the sugar, vanilla, and instant coffee until thick and smooth. Spread 1/3 of the toffee over the base of the crust. Slice the bananas and lay them on the toffee. Spoon another 1/3 of toffee over the bananas. Layer with more bananas and more toffee. Finally, spoon or pipe on the cream and lightly sprinkle with fresh ground coffee, chocolate shavings or chocolate sprinkles.

Note: Boiling milk in the can carries some risk. On the internet, you can find other ways to cook the sweetened condensed milk (in canning jars, for example).
It is difficult to describe the sheer decadence of this dessert. You will have to try it for yourself. It takes a little planning, but it is well worth it. So, I went looking for the origin of Banoffi Pie and found out it originated in England. The name of the dessert is derived from the two words, banana and toffee. It is a portmanteau. Say what?!?!? A portmanteau is a combination of two or more words and their meanings into one new word. A common example of a portmanteau is smog from smoke and fog. I have another one for you... FANTABULOUS! This Banoffi Pie is fantastic and fabulous...Fantabulous.  Can you think of any other common portmanteaus? If not, make one up... it's fun!

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  1. Wow. Yes, I can feel my waistline (and my brain) expanding already! I recognize that method for cooking condensed milk. It's the same method for making that Girl Scout Samoa cookie cake. I think I can safely say that ANYTHING made with that concoction (I think they call it dulce de leche in the other recipe) is going to be heavenly! Thanks for sharing. I'll be giving that a try some time when we have something special planned. Have a great day!


  2. It looks "fantabulous" !! Another great recipe to add to my file!! xx

  3. Oh, yum! That looks so good. Think we could add a little chocolate in there someplace?! TFS.
    I found you today thru the Linky Party at Simply Dream and Create, where I'm #1. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  4. Wow I love sweetened Condensed Milk and will eat it off a spoon by itself sometimes {not to often!!!} but did not know that you can make it into TOFFEE my other favorite treat!!! I am dying to try this!!! I just might be in love again!!

  5. It looks sooooo good!!!!!!! Now I feel hungry:) I'm hosting a recipe link up party on my blog and would be thrilled if you decided to participate!!!

  6. That looks amazing! I've often heard of this, but never tried making it.

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe! My husband had it at work once and raved about it...but I've never made it! Guess now I will have to ;)
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling


  9. Nici, I have not had breakfast yet, I would SOOOO eat this right now!

  10. Hi Nici
    I must say, this is one of the most amazing desserts I have ever seen. Have a great weekend.

  11. That sounds tasty! I've always wanted to try that trick with the condensed milk. Yum!

  12. Wow, I haven't seen Banoffee Pie since I lived in the UK! It is absolutely amazingly delicious--thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

  13. i love banoffee pie!! pinned this

    I would love it you could share this on my my link party - Serenity Saturday

    Natasha @

  14. This looks so amazing! Pinning to try later, thanks for sharing!!

    Sarah Lynn @ Sarah Lynn's Sweets

  15. Oh My! Looks wonderful.
    I'm pinning it to! :)


  16. Now this looks delish! Can't wait to try this out, thanks for sharing!


  17. Lotsa lotsa yum! Got you from Life on Lakeshore Drive link party. Pinned this!

  18. I am amazed that you can boil something in a can for that long. I would have thought it would have exploded. Wow - that looks so awesome. Cannot wait to try it - thanks!!

  19. This does look fabulous.

    - The Tablescaper

  20. This looks gorgeous. I'd love for you to link this up at a link party I'm cohosting

  21. Thank you for linking up at the Clarks Condensed Dinner Party. This looks amazing. I'm just going to go ahead and pin it now because I definitely want to make it soon!

  22. I've heard of this but have never tried it - thanks for sharing! I'm stopping by from Get Social Sunday blog hop.

  23. Oh my goodness, I've been wanting to make a Banoffee Pie ever since I've heard of it! I must try this NOW! Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sunday! :)

  24. I have a recipe from "Sprinkle Bakes" for deep dish Banofee pie that looks like a gourmet cheese cake with chocolate curls on top! I have all the ingredients, but do not feel confident enough to make it. Now that I see yours and the instructions, I think I will try your version instead! Thank you and God Bless :)

    Andi C.

    ps: Found your link on UndertheTableandDreaming

  25. Wow! Looks and sounds delicious! I'm on a diet right now so I'll save this one for a reward when I loose the weight I want. Thanks for sharing the recipe and I would love for you to share at Transformed Tuesday. I know my readers would love it.

  26. Gooey yumminess. I want to try it!

  27. Wow does this look divine! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  28. This looks amazing....I would love to have a plate and a lumberjack cut, right now!

  29. Nici - I featured your banoffi pie!! Love it. Linda Linky is open for the new party also. Pinned.

  30. Nice, where has this recipe been all my life?! Gotta to try this tomorrow. STAT! This is getting pinned AND tweeted:) Luv your blog and recipes! Glad you had a great bible study. It is always great to meet up with other Christians and discuss the golden nuggets of God's word.
    Have a granderful weekend(that's my portmanteau;0) )
    Pint-sized Treasures

  31. Hi Nici,
    I love the book of Ruth and your Banoffi Pie. I always look forward to the luncheons at the end of a study, lots of good food. Have a great St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  32. I really love this! Thanks for linking up and sharing your recipe with us. You are always so inspiring!

    Susie @Bowdabra & SusieQTpies Cafe

  33. Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up to Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I look forward to coming back on Monday Night!

  34. Wow! This pie looks so delicious! I know my family would LOVE it :)

    Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

    I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend!



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