Deep Dish Banoffee Pie

Things have been quiet around here this week, but my hands have been busy with new opportunities and happy things on the horizon.  There’s also been rain – which I usually love, but this week it’s been a non-stop-icy-cold rain of biblical proportions. We just might need an ark! And we certainly need the comfort of a good pie.

When it comes to pie, I always seem to gravitate toward deep-dish.  And ever since the creation of this pie, I can’t seem to keep sprinkles out of my graham crusts. Although the sprinkles are optional for this pie, the extra touch of chocolate in the crust is nice -pretty too. If you can find chocolate vermicelli such as Deruyter brand (check your local international market) the chocolate flavor will be more pronounced than the usual cake-decorating variety of chocolate sprinkles.

Most banoffee pies have a soft texture that I find comparable to banana pudding or Tiramisu  This version is a little different.  It is still rather soft, but its toffee portion is more firm and caramel-like.  I love how well it holds up to slicing.  It has a great big cloud of whipped cream and a whole mess of chocolate curls on top – heaven!

Achieving perfect chocolate curls is all about timing. You can find my chocolate curls video here, but I’d like to add another note, er… visual cue, rather.  As you begin scraping the chocolate away from the baking sheet the chocolate may start to flake instead of curl. That means the chocolate is too cold.  Let it stand at room temp for 3-5 minutes longer and try scraping a very small section again. As soon as the chocolate begins to curl, go to it!

I really enjoyed developing this recipe. It only took a couple of tries to perfect and you can avoid some of my early mistakes by reading my notes below the recipe.

With all its curlicues, this pie practically begs to be made for celebrations and happy gatherings. Who says pie can’t be cute?

Deep Dish Banoffee Pie

Source: SprinkleBakes original recipe

Yield: One 9 x 2.5-inch pie about 18 servings

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One thing that is especially important to remember when making this pie is that we’re using sweetened condensed milk here, which is quite viscous and syrupy from the can due to the added sugar – not evaporated milk which is unsweetened and very liquid. Plan ahead because this pie needs to chill for several hours, overnight is preferred.

Crust:

2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles

1/4  tsp. salt

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sprinkles, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and jimmies are evenly dispersed.
  2. Make a divot in the middle of the graham cracker mixture and pour in the melted butter.  Mix together using a rubber spatula; turn mixture over from the bottom of the bowl to the top until all the crumbs are moistened.
  3. Pour crumbs into an 9 x 2.5-inch springform pan; press tightly and evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Chill in the refrigerator until ready for use.

Filling:

4 large bananas

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 cup butter

2 14oz. cans sweetened condensed milk

1 1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup dark corn syrup

1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Chocolate curls or chocolate shavings

  1. Slice two bananas and place in a medium bowl. Toss bananas and 1 tbsp. lemon juice together with your hands or with a large wooden spoon (This will prevent the bananas from turning brown). Arrange banana slices in the bottom of the graham crust and return the pan to the refrigerator.
  2. Combine the butter, brown sugar, condensed milk and corn syrup in a large non-stick saucepan. Roughly stir together and place over medium heat.  When butter has melted and sugar has dissolved, raise heat to medium-high and bring to a bubble. Be careful because this mixture is sticky and will bubble and sputter onto your bare hands. Wear an oven mitt on your stirring hand if possible. Keep mixture at a gentle bubble for 6-10 minutes (set a timer), stirring constantly so the mixture does not burn.  Edit 1/27/12 – I’m getting some feedback that 10 minutes is too long to boil the toffee.  It should not be so thick that you can’t pour it. If you half the recipe (I’ve noticed some are) the cooking time will definitely need to be reduced.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Stir well then pour mixture over bananas in the graham crust. Chill until set, several hours or overnight.
  4. Slice remaining two bananas and toss with 1 tbsp. lemon juice as before; set aside.  Whip heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until slightly thickened, then gradually add the 1/4 cup sugar.  Whip until stiff.  
  5. Place a few banana slices on the top center of the set pie and then cover with the entire batch of whipped cream. Place remaining banana slices on and around the whipped topping and cover entire pie with chocolate curls or chocolate shavings.  If you have extra chocolate sprinkles from making the crust, sprinkle over a little of those, too.
  6. Keep uneaten portion chilled.

Notes:

  • It’s important to allow the butter to cool before adding to the graham cracker crust, especially if using the chocolate sprinkles. Hot butter will cause the sprinkles to melt and lose their shape.
  • Be sure to let the toffee mixture cool down before pouring it over the bananas. The mixture hot from the stove-top will cook the bananas and cause them to weep and your pie will have pockets of liquid.
  • If you have time constraints or are not ready to conquer chocolate curls, chocolate shavings can easily be made with a block of chocolate and a vegetable peeler. Just place the chocolate on a plate and scrape the side of the chocolate with a vegetable peeler until the desired amount is achieved.
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Angela King
Angela King
8 years ago

oh this looks absolutely heavenly in every way.

Megan
Megan
8 years ago

This looks like the dreamiest pie ever! And I love when you give chocolate a perm!

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

I have just started a diet. Please stop – you're killing me!

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
8 years ago

Oh, what a beauty! *drool*

Cheers,

Rosa

Michelle Simon
Michelle Simon
8 years ago

Wow! I have been making Banoffie Pie for many years and then suddenly this is the second recipe I've seen for it of late. This looks like a very interesting variation on the original! A definite must try!!! Yum!

Melanie
Melanie
8 years ago

Wow I'd waste a whole memory card of a pictures before I'd even think of diving into this masterpiece! It looks so delicious! I love the curly chocolate! =)

Ergo-Blog

Kathy - Panini Happy
Kathy - Panini Happy
8 years ago

Lord have mercy…I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about this until I get the chance to try it. Wow, Heather!! I especially love the sprinkles in the crust, that aesthetic touch makes this so uniquely beautiful.

Brigette Olmos-Arreola
Brigette Olmos-Arreola
8 years ago

every since i had my first banoffee slice in ireland i have been a gonner! this recipe looks divine with the firm caramel and chocolate flourishes, can't wait to try!

Heather
Heather
8 years ago

This looks like a labor of love, well worth the effort! I'll have to try a version of this as SprinkleBaker In Training LOVES banana desserts!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

This is gorgeous! I hate bananas but I want to try your pie! And those chocolate curls! They are so think and luscious looking! Absolutely beautiful!

Valérie I♥Cakes
Valérie I♥Cakes
8 years ago

So awesome and beautiful, you're a genius !

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Where can I buy Graham crackers

Mary Anne
Mary Anne
8 years ago

Wow! Another spectacular presentation! I need a cuppa coffee and a large slice! LOL

marleenvt
marleenvt
8 years ago

You don't have to go to an international market here to buy sprinkles. Any supermarket has plenty!! I will definitely try this cake. My boyfriend will love it!! Any chance of putting coffe in it would make it better, you have an idea? Cheers from Holland!
Marleen.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Your crust is very interesting! Looks stunning. Who would think of using chocolate sprinkles on the crust? You are so creative!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

This is some SERIOUS business! Dang girl!!!

Aikko
Aikko
8 years ago

Looks absolutely divine!!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing Heather!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
8 years ago

I don't even know what to say. Banoffee pie is one of my favorites and this recipe is GORGEOUS! Awesome job!

Irmina Díaz-Frois Martín
Irmina Díaz-Frois Martín
8 years ago

Impresionante pastel, con plátanos, muy ricos.
Un beso.

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

I could look at your pictures all day long.

Lauren Hairston
Lauren Hairston
8 years ago

Looks fantastic! I love Banoffee. I just had lunch and this post is making me hungry!

Katie
Katie
8 years ago

Simply Stunning!

Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig
Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig
8 years ago

This is officially the most tantalizing recipe you've ever posted. All of my favorite flavors in one creamy looking pie… I can't wait to try this out (and gain a million pounds!)

AngieB
AngieB
8 years ago

What's the method for making the chocolate curls?

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
8 years ago

The video for the curls is linked in the text of this post. Here it is again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zeemBInz0D8

Kelsey
Kelsey
8 years ago

You're so right–this pie is downright fun and cute. Sprinkles in the crust is now a must for every pie.

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
8 years ago

Is it weird that I'm in love with a pie? Because I am. With this one.

Tracy {pale yellow}
Tracy {pale yellow}
8 years ago

Toffee, bananas, and chocolate curls so artfully and beautifully arranged, delicious!

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

I'm madly in love with these photos…

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Kim –
Beautiful! I have never seen graham crackers that light – what brand are you using??

Sue
Sue
8 years ago

I have those same sprinkles and they are so much better than the typical chocolate sprinkles…yummy:) The filling looks incredible in this pie! Time to check out your chocolate curls…

Foodiewife
Foodiewife
8 years ago

Whenever I look at your recipe, I think to myself that it's too complicated. Then, I see how you make it, and you give me hope that I can do this. LOVE the chocolate curls video. Really? It's that easy? Chocolate and banana, and caramel. You hit a lot of my favorite flavors with this one.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE banofee pies. And this is just the ULTIMATE! Thanks for the share!

Bellenza Bistro
Bellenza Bistro
8 years ago

Such a generously DEEP dish pie…and look at that chocolate topping! Yum!

lucia
lucia
8 years ago

What a gorgeous cake!very good!!!

Jessie
Jessie
8 years ago

OMG, HEATHER…. YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN!

Cheryl T.
Cheryl T.
8 years ago

Absolutely beautiful…I am going to definitely try my hand at this. I believe I have all ingredients necessary to accomplish this masterpiece!

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

that fabulous desserts. Make me crazy! I will follow with great interest from now on. a kiss. eleonora
http://eilbasilico.blogspot.it/

Juliann
Juliann
8 years ago

My husband loves banana desserts. Will be trying this for Valentine's day. A question- how ripe should the bananas be? I would assume over ripe like as in banana bread might be too icky in this recipe.

Debra
Debra
8 years ago

This looks absolutely beautiful!

Lora
Lora
8 years ago

Oh my this looks like heaven. I love the sprinkles in the crust. It's gorgeous.

Unknown
Unknown
8 years ago

This is so pretty. I love he color of that creamy filling going om top of the bananas. And the chocolate speckled crust? Amazing! It adds a really pretty touch 🙂

Jenn @ Icing on the Cake
Jenn @ Icing on the Cake
8 years ago

Wow. I have made banoffee pies before, but they sure weren't deep dish, and they sure didn't look like this! I have to try this one now!

Veronika
Veronika
8 years ago

OMG I agree with U, it looks like heaven!

RecipeGirl
RecipeGirl
8 years ago

This looks much more amazing than the green juice I'm trying to down this AM 😉

vanillasugarblog
vanillasugarblog
8 years ago

I always wonder who gets these creations?
For me, I have a list I go down and give them to the next person on the list.

Laura | The Velvet Doe
Laura | The Velvet Doe
8 years ago

OMG!!! This is my FAVOURITE dessert ever and you have just topped it – I didn't think that was possible! Thank you!!

Leah
Leah
8 years ago

This looks amazing! I will have to try it. Also, would you mind sharing where you got the polka-dotted brown creamer?

Jess
Jess
8 years ago

I just made this and followed the recipe to a T!!! THIS WAS AWESOME!!! It Tasted GREAT! and looked really cute! xo xo

Colette (Coco)
Colette (Coco)
8 years ago

The chocolate swirls are dizzying!