Keira Knightley’s character in the film Love Actually (like Banoffee Pie, it’s another British triumph) attempts to extend an olive branch to another character by way of tasty pastry.
We’ve all been there, and Banoffee Pie is probably of the best ways to bribe someone—but you didn’t hear it from us.
You can find hundreds, if not thousands, of Banoffee Pie recipes online and it’s now a dessert that’s famous worldwide.
But what exactly is Banoffee Pie?
Well, it’s an English dessert (hail, Britannia!) comprised of a crumb or pastry base, a toffee filling, and topped with fresh bananas and whipped cream. The pie is often garnished with additional caramel sauce or chocolate shavings and, if you’re feeling particularly sinful, custard or ice cream.
Banoffee Pie (originally spelled Banoffi Pie) was invented in 1971 at The Hungry Monk Restaurant in East Sussex by chef Ian Dowding, with some help and encouragement from the restaurant’s owner Nigel Mackenzie.
But back to our Banoffee, which packs just as much of a flavourful punch as the original.
You can enjoy it on its own or as part of an utterly epic cookie sandwich:
For cookie dough:
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups oatmeal
- Preheat over at 350°F
- Cream together butter and sugar.
- Add remaining cookie dough ingredients and mix until blended.
- Roll into 1 inch balls or use a scoop. Flatten dough slightly.
- Place on pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden.
- Once cookies are out of the oven, turn them over with a pair of tongs.
- Slice each Banoffee piece in half and place on one half of the cookies. The heat from the cookies should slightly melt the Banoffee. If not, warm cookies in microwave slightly.
- Slice banana onto the other half of the cookies.
- Squish the cookie sides together to make a Banana Banoffee sandwich!