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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holy My Moly Banana Toffee Pie!

So a friend told me about this great pie she makes. Banana toffee pie. I say, great, give me the recipe. This is all over text, you know. She says, great, I'll email it to you later, I say great. She proceeds to tell me about the heavenly of this pie. how she could eat a whole pie herself. She can't wait. The next thing I know, I am getting the pie recipe via text!

So here we go. this is what you need for an easy peasy banana toffeeasy pie. A super quick, gotta have a dessert in a flash, pie.

Graham cracker pi crust (make yourself is always better, but a ready-to-go is a godsend in a pinch)
1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk converted to toffee (recipe follows)
3-4 bananas
Whipped cream (I prefer hand made, but a can of Redi-Whip works in a pinch too)

Langest part of the recipe is making the toffee. I wouldn't have believed this myself, had I not heard it from my friend, who's grandmother taught her this trick.

In a large pot, bring at least four cups of water to a boil. As suggested to me, make several cans of toffee at a time. They keep in the cabinet for months, for just such an occasion. Take four cans (if you are bulking) of sweetened, condensed milk and remove the label .
Add  the bare cans to the pot of boiling water, making sure the cans are fully submerged. Boil for 2.5 to 3 hours, making sure the cans are always under water. I have well water, and it takes a bit longer to boil and cook cook, so I lean towards 3 hours for a darker toffee. 

After 2.5-3 hours, remove cans from boiling water and set on cooling rack and allow to cool fully. They can then be stored in the cabinet for a few months. 

To make the pie:
You can either make your pie crust from scratch, which is very easy, or grab a pre-made, as this pie screams last minute guests!
Home made graham cracker pie crust:

  • 1 ½ c. graham crackers – 1 package of 9-10 crackers
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 6 Tbs. butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Ground graham crackers until fine. Rolling over crackers in a sturdy zippie bag with a rolling pin works nicely, as does a food processor. Once finely ground, add graham crackers and other ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add to pie pan, and press in well, being sure to work up the sides. Bake in 375 degree oven for seven minutes.

Take 3-4 bananas and slice them into graham cracker crust evenly. Take can of toffee and pour over bananas and let set until dispersed. Add more toffee is necessary. Refrigerate for an hour to set. 

Top with fresh whipped cream.

To whip cream, add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream in a bowl, turn electric mixer on and mix at medium until frothy. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla and a tablespoon of confectioner's sugar and turn mixer to high and whip until medium stiff peaks occur. Serve.

And there you have it! You will love this toffee recipe! So easy and so darned good! I have eaten two pieces already. In two days. This is huge , for me.