Brits don’t pretend they invented the pecan pie or the chocolate chip cookie, so Americans should give credit where credit is due: Banoffee Pie is BRITISH!
Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate, coffee or both. Its name is a portmanteau constructed from the words “banana” and “toffee”.
This pie was inadvertently invented by a couple of British chefs by amending an unreliable American recipe with soft toffee made by boiling an unopened can of condensed milk for several hours. After trying various changes, including the addition of apple, mandarin orange, and even liquorice(!), banana was tried – and the creators immediately knew they were on to a winner! Hence, the naming of the new dessert with the portmanteau “Banoffee Pie”, as it effectively just added banana to what was already a toffee sweet.
There is so much fun to be had when eating Banoffee Pie. It’s one of those desserts that just looks and tastes dirty – but isn’t that the whole point of eating it? If we wanted something healthier, maybe we’d only eat the banana, but gobbling down a dessert with added sickly toffee is a perfect way to end a fulsome meal, if you ask me! Latterly, I have seen many smaller, bite-sized portions of Banoffee Pie being served in cafés, and these look so cute that you’re almost guilty to begin eating them!
But what we can all agree on is that this is one of the top desserts in the UK and in Europe. In fact, even Americans have now adopted Banoffee Pie and try to claim it as their own, but there’s no denying that it’s a typically British invention – even if we did stumble across its recipe by accident!