banoffe pie

Bananas for banoffee

My favourite pies are coconut cream pie (I was always more into Mary Ann than Ginger) and banoffee. My friend Ev still makes the best banofee pie I’ve ever tasted but I’ve found one that’s a close second. It’s at Alium Restaurant in Ottawa on Holland Street.

Wikipedia says that banoffee pie is an English pastry-based dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee from boiled condensed milk, served either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. I define banoffee as pure yummy goodness!

According to Wikipedia, credit for the cake’s invention is claimed by Val Hargreaves at The Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex. They developed the dessert in 1972, having been inspired by an American dish known as “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie,” which consisted of smooth toffee topped with coffee-flavoured whipped cream. The recipe was later adapted to instead use the type of soft caramel toffee created by boiling a can of condensed milk, adding a layer of bananas. They called the dish “Banoffi” and it was an immediate success, proving so popular with their customers that they “couldn’t take it off” the menu.

You may want to try making the pie yourself. Here’s a crazy good banoffee pie recipe from Paula Dean.

Alium Restaurant’s banoffee pie.