Banoffee Cream Pie or Trifle

Banoffee Pie- Oh So Sweet BakerSome may say I should rename my blog. Super Fussy Eater. And to be honest I can see their point. With certain food items I can only eat them a certain way, and if they are not eaten that way, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. My love/hate relationship with bananas is a prime example. My love of of bananas only goes as far as, frozen covered in chocolate, in baked goods pureed of course and with pancakes or waffles. I’m not one to peel off the skin and stuff the banana into my mouth.

No thank you!

The texture of ripe or nearly over ripe bananas remind me of baby food, hence why I only like it pureed in baked goods. In my opinion there is nothing worse than biting into tender cake and biting into stupidly soft and squidgy banana chunks. Ergh!!
For baking, bananas have to be as black as coal. You know what they say. The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice. Yes I know I’m talking about bananas, I haven’t completely lost my marbles, but the same rules apply here. A perfect way to use up any leftover bananas. Now since we aren’t baking this pie, just ripe bananas will do just fine.

Seriously!

2013-04-23 10.59.02Usually banoffee pie’s base is made with oaty biscuits such as hobnobs, digestives or graham crackers for you American folks. But why have oats when you have chocolate. Chocolate in the form of Oreos. I know I recently made something with Oreos, here and here, but if you aren’t fed up with Oreos this is just for you. I have to admit though. The UK’s selection of Oreos is just POOR on a different level. Yes we have original, chocolate creme, double stuff and mini’s but I want the vast range the American’s have.
Golden Oreos, Birthday Cake Oreos, Fudge Cremes, Oreo Pie Crust & Waffle Cones ANNNDDD Banana Split Oreos which I imagine will sort of taste like this pie; on this occasion I will allow you not to even attempt to make this and just eat those instead. No hard feelings.

Oreo Collage 22

(from left to right) Banana Split, Berry Burst, Strawberry Milkshake, Mint Fudge Cremes, Peanut Butter Fudge Cremes, Coconut Fudge Cremes, Chocolate Fudge Cremes, White Fudge Cremes, Mint Oreo, Peanut Butter, Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Creme, Birthday Cake, Golden Birthday Cake, Golden, Golden Chocolate Creme, Golden Triple Double Neopolitan, Golden Icecream Sherbert, Double Stuff Heads or Tails, Triple Double, Family Size, Cookie Sticks n Dip, Pie Crust, Brownie, Oreo Thins, Sugar Free, Spring, Halloween, Winter

This isn’t any old banoffee pie. It’s an intense dessert, complete with 5 layers, THREE of which, YES THREE layers are full of sheer creamy indulgence. Dieters please look away. For those greedy people like myself (no need to feel ashamed) let the damn caramel set before you decide to put the whipped cream on top and cut a FAT wedge out of it. It will collapse into a huge, messy pile. Speaking from experience here. This is really easy to whip up. The only thing that takes a bit of time is the vanilla bean pastry cream and waiting patiently for the dulce de leche to set up.

For the oreo crust…
260g oreo cookies (approx 22)
80g butter, melted

Crush the cookies in a food processor.
Stir in the melted butter and press into a 8″ loose bottom round flan tin. Ensure the cookie mix is pressed in firmly and evenly
Bake @ 180°C for 10mins and allow to cool before placing in fridge to firm up

For the vanilla pastry cream…
200ml milk
2 egg yolks
45g caster sugar
2tbsp cornflour
seeds of 1 vanilla pod

Heat the milk with the seeds and vanilla pod in a saucepan on medium heat.
In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour till pale in colour.
At this point the milk should be hot. Add a small amount to the eggs whilst whisking to temper the eggs. Add the remainder of the milk, whilst continuously whisking.
Strain mix through a sieve and whisk on a low heat until the mixture becomes thick. Place in a bowl and cover with clingfilm on the surface to prevent a skin form.
Allow to cool

For the whipped cream…
300ml double cream 
20g caster sugar

Whip the double cream with the sugar till it forms stiff peaks. Keep refrigerated until needed

For assembly… 
4 small bananas, sliced, 
1 x 8″ pie crust
250g dulce de leche
1 x batch pastry cream
1 x batch whipped cream
Dark chocolate (optional)
White chocolate (optional)

Banoffee Pie collageSpread the dulce de leche onto the pie crust
Arrange the bananas on top, right to the centre
Spread a even layer of pastry cream on top of the bananas. You my not use all the pastry cream
Leave in the fridge for approx 2 hours before putting on the whipped cream in peaks before garnishing with grated chocolate

I just realised. This would be amazing as a trifle dessert too
Instead of baking the oreo crust leave it as it is mixed with the butter.
Layer the oreo crust between 3-4 glasses.
Spoon on caramel, then add bananas, then pastry cream till everything has been used up.
Finally top with a generous helping of whipped cream and garnish with chocolate.

Simples!

Oh So Sweet Baker x

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