The Dawn of the Banoffee Pie

Confessions of the hungry monk

If Banoffee Pie were a woman, her amorous beauty would have the power to make anyone go weak in their knees. I can almost picture wars being fought in honour of this pie; all men across the world professing their love for this alluring being – A decadent tart crafted with toffee, bananas and cream!

Like any other popular food in the world, Banoffee Pie too finds itself in the midst of multiple claims to the recipe. Everyone wants a piece of this pie! Nevertheless, the original dibs gets the tag of ownership. In this case, Nigel Mackenzie and Ian Dowding, owner and chef of The Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex have rightfully claimed the throne to this recipe. Ever since, replicas of this dessert have popped up in Russia and USA, but let’s just say the imitation game falls way short of the game of thrones!

A Brave new Banoffee

Mackenzie revealed in his book “The Deeper Secrets of the Hungry Monk” that this scrumptious favourite was first crafted in 1971 while experimenting with a recipe for “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie”. The soft toffee made by boiling a can of condensed milk was subjected to quite a few rounds of trial and error. The Blum’s Coffee Toffee pie was revamped many times including the addition of apple and mandarin orange. The final experiment used bananas and it was unmistakably extraordinary. This marked the birth of the Banoffee pie!

Next thing you know, it was a hit on the menu and everyone was loving this delicious dessert. Over the years, the Banoffee pie has become a crowd favourite and has been embraced all around the world.

The standard recipe uses a shortcrust pastry as the base with condensed milk and sugar forming the layer of toffee and the star ingredient – bananas! I also use double cream, cocoa powder and fresh ground coffee to garnish this spectacular sweet and it sure strikes the right chords!

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

The One and Only

The original banoffee pie recipe first made a fashionable appearance in “The Deeper Secrets of the Hungry Monk”. But even after decades, this recipe still stands as popular and relevant as it was back then.

Considering how it is certainly the ideal “emergency” pie, one you can literally whip up with a handful of ingredients that are always stocked up in your pantry, this is sure to become a frequent regular in your kitchen!

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