Banoffee (Banana Toffee) Pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

first tried this banoffee (banana toffee) pie for a 11pax homecooked lunch yesterday on 15.10.2014.

even though the guys walloped the whole cake, a few including me felt it was kind of sweet though ok to eat. anyway i made another one today with 1/2 the caramel (from 1/4can of condensed milk) & 50% more bananas, & it was an excellent very well balanced cake.

i saw a video recipe here.

it was something which i thought i could make w/o much difficulty, and it was quite a revelation for me that you could produce toffee (or more correctly caramel) by heating a can of condensed milk in boiling water for 3hrs. 🙂

see here difference between toffee & caramel.

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

banoffee (banana toffee) pie

anyway as shown in the video it was an easy to do recipe-

i heat a can of condensed milk in boiling water (fully covered in water) for 3 hrs. i open the can when cool & emptied the caramel into a container.

then i made the biscuit base using digestive biscuits (7biscuits 105g)  & 60g melted butter in a 8in (20cm) spring-form cake tin & placed in the fridge.

then i whipped 200ml whipping cream, and added 1/2 tsp sugar & whipped till stiff peaks.

i cut 3 large bananas into thin slices & added 2tbsp (30ml) lemon juice to keep it from browning (oxidation). then i spreaded 1/4 the caramel over the biscuit base, and arranged the bananas in 2 rows over the caramel. then i topped with the whipped cream & added the dark chocolate shavings.

then placed the cake in the fridge overnight.

EASY! 🙂

overall, the combination of flavours from the biscuit base, thin layer of caramel, more bananas & layer of (mostly) unsweetened whipped cream with chocolate shavings was really quite good.

for my family, probably my friends too, the ranking among my cakes would be tiramisu no.1, tofu cheese cake no. 2 & chocolate lave cake or banoffee no.3 (for me, its tofu cheese cake no.1).

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • can of (carnation) condensed milk (400g) – use 1/4 (100g)
  • 7 digestive biscuits (105g)
  • 60g melted butter
  • 3 large bananas cut into thin slices
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • dark chocolate shavings
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar to add to whip cream

Directions:

  1. heat a can of condensed milk in boiling water (fully covered in water) for 3 hrs. open can when cooled & empty caramel into a container.
  2. make biscuit base using digestive biscuits & melted butter in a 8in (20cm) spring-form cake tin & place in fridge.
  3. whip 200ml whipping cream. add 1/2 tsp sugar & whip till stiff peaks.
  4. cut 3 large bananas into thin slices & add 2tbsp lemon juice to keep it from browning (oxidation).
  5. spread 1/4 the caramel over the biscuit base, and arrange the bananas in 2 rows over the caramel. then top with the whipped cream & dark chocolate shavings.
  6. refrigerate.

RI V.S.O.P. (Very Special Old Pals) 11pax Homecooked Lunch on 15Oct2014

crackling roast belly pork

crackling roast belly pork

had a homecooked 11pax lunch for my RI buddies on 15.10.2014. the last we had was a 10pax kueh chap lunch on 17.9.2014. 🙂

& this lunch highlights-

1. sio bak (crackling belly pork) from a friend
2. “tunglok” big prawn noodles (in golden broth)
3. vietnamese street food – chargrilled pork neck with cold beehoon & fish sauce (forgot my mint leaves & basil leaves)
4. banoffee pie (very 1st try)

crackling roast belly pork

crackling roast belly pork

like the last time, a friend brought his 成名 renown supergood sio bak (crackling roast belly pork) – this time the crackling was less than the last. i told him he made me gave up on sio bak & saved me from a lifetime of unfulfilled tedium (making sio bak unsuccessfully)..haha! 🙂

my motto – why try so hard when someone can do better? just invite him to bring lor! 🙂

阳春面 - a cheap flat chinese noodle

阳春面 – a cheap flat chinese noodle

dry wok chilli garlic prawns

dry wok chilli garlic prawns

big prawn noodles in golden broth – this should be served last in a course dinner, before dessert. lately i decided to try to serve all the food buffet style instead of as a course meal. it is not always possible but many dishes can be adapted. as this has to be served hot, we took this first dish first. 🙂

tunglok lobster ramen - 龙虾焖拉面

tunglok lobster ramen – 龙虾焖拉面

the key was the golden broth. it was my own recipe emulating the lobster noodles at tunglok (above). 🙂

from the feedback everyone loved this dish.

the 1/2 poached chicken – 白斩鸡saliva chicken – 口水鸡 were now a standard dish. it was easy, require little effort to make, and both were very tasty.  i brined the chicken in sugar & salt for 48hrs before poaching on the day.

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly was another new experiment.  i created this new miso marinade recipe & was not sure if i would serve it for lunch. it turned out to be an excellent dish. my wife brought some to office for her packed lunch & all her colleagues liked it. & all my friends at lunch liked it! 🙂

V.S.O.P. = Very Special Old Pals...hahaha!

V.S.O.P. = Very Special Old Pals…hahaha!

a friend brought V.S.O.P. = Very Special Old Pals…hahaha! 🙂

could not quite make the connection lunch & V.S.O.P. so had to assume he went everywhere with one. haha! 🙂

vietnamese chargrilled pork neck with cold beehoon. i did this the second time. first was for 3-4pax, so this first time for 11pax.

i bought mint but forgot to serve both the mint & my homegrown basil!

& i forgot to make the all important fish sauce mix beforehand to serve together, so had to make 1 batch then a second batch while having lunch.

anyway the guys all liked it. although our self-proclaimed vietnam expert was actually clueless when it came to assembling the dish. haha! 🙂 this a dish that you feast on sitting on a very low stool next to a very clean vietnam street vendor!

garlic fried romaine lettuce

garlic fried romaine lettuce

my help made a nice garlic fried romain lettuce which everyone liked.

the banoffee (banana toffee) pie was the very first virgin attempt!

the guys walloped the whole cake, though a few including me, felt it was kind of sweet though ok to eat. anyway i made another one the next day with 1/2 the toffee & 50% more bananas, & it was an excellent very well balanced cake. 🙂

post event leftovers - chargrilled pork neck beehoon

post event leftovers – chargrilled pork neck beehoon

口水鸡阳春面

口水鸡阳春面

i had just a little leftovers, so i made myself dinner with the chargrilled pork & the saliva chicken with 阳春面. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy