Banoffee Pie

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It’s almost Pi Day! I think the day is actually about math, but you know this girl is math challenged, so we’re making pie.

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Banoffe pie is essentially a banana and toffee pie. The toffee portion is super simple, just cover a can of sweetened condensed milk with water and cook for 8 hours on low in your slow cooker.

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I used store-bought mini Graham cracker crusts, but if you want to make a full-sized pie my girl Dorothy at Crazy For Crust has a killer recipe.

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Top the pie with real whipped cream and you have a delicious mess perfect for Pi Day! I wish I could say I delicately ate these pies, but after I took the photos they took a spill in the fridge, so I just ate the heap with a fork straight from the container they were stored in. Still delicious!

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Banoffee Pie

Ingredients

  • 6 mini graham cracker crusts*
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 banana

Instructions

  • Put a dish towel on the bottom of your slow cooker, if you don't do this, you will have rust rings on the bottom of your slow cooker. Put sweetened condensed milk can, unopened on dish towel. Fill slow cooker with water to cover can. Cook on low for 8 hours. Cool sweetened condensed can, overnight if possible.
  • Whip your whipping cream with a stand or hand mixer with sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.Slice bananas into crusts, add about two tablespoons of cooked sweetened condensed milk on top of bananas, pipe or spread on whipped cream.
  • Serves 6
  • *Pie can be made in a standard 9 inch pie pan
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    My Favorite Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

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    If I am choosing my favorite food (in the main dish category that is, because this girl has a sweet tooth and lord knows I couldn’t live without chocolate!) it would be pizza all the way. It’s the perfect combo of all the things that make me happy: cheese, carbs, and lots of variety for toppings.

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    Really, it’s the perfect food. The possibilities of pizza toppings are ENDLESS, and its easy to throw together. That’s where this crust recipe comes in. Sure, you can but crust dough or even pre-baked from the store, but its much more impressive when you  make the dough yourself, especially on a busy weeknight. This dough comes together quickly, only has to rest for 10 minutes and is super easy to work with. It’s great for pizza, calzones, stromboli, and I have even shaped it into bread sticks and let rise. Easy, versatile and delicious!

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    Also, I’m sure no one would be upset if you double the recipe  for this Vanilla Crumb Dessert Pizza. I’d love to hear what your favorite pizza toppings are!

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    My Favorite Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

    Ingredients

    • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (1 packet)
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon  salt
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil

    Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the water and yeast, stirring until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Add in the flour, honey, salt and oil, stirring to combine. On a well floured surface, knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth. Form into a ball and cover. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes before shaping into pizza or bread sticks.
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    Vanilla Crumb Dessert Pizza

    When I was growing up one of my favorite places to eat was Godfather’s Pizza. All you could eat pizza and salad bar buffet was this pizza loving girls fantasy land. And to top it all off, they had the most delicious dessert pizza. Dessert. Pizza. Come on people, it really doesn’t get any better than that!

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    Of course like all good things, Godfather’s Pizza came to an end and closed up shop. Even now, years later though I was still dreaming of that dessert pizza. So whats a food blogger to do? Create my own version of course! I have made this pizza twice now, and I think I can safely say that this tastes almost identical to the pizza I remember.

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    I used my favorite homemade pizza crust, but store-bought or frozen will work just as well. The other key here is store-bought pudding. No homemade here, no cook and serve. Straight from those little plastic cups is what you want here. I have also bought vanilla pudding from my deli section and it worked wonderfully.

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    Vanilla Crumb Dessert Pizza

    Ingredients

    • 1 loaf frozen bread dough thawed, one ball store bought pizza dough, or one recipe homemade dough
    • 1 cup store bought prepared vanilla pudding
    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 stick salted butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To make crumb topping, in a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, melted butter and cinnamon together with a fork until crumbly, set aside.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough into 12 inch circle. Place on pizza pan. Spread pudding on crust , leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge. Sprinkle crumb mixture over crust, pressing slightly to make it stick. Cook pizza or 20 minutes or until crust is lightly golden.
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