Banoffee Pie

Have you ever had banoffee pie? A common dessert in Ireland and the UK, it is a terribly simple pie that combines sweet, buttery toffee caramel with bananas, homemade whipped cream, and pie crust. I made it upon request for my friend Raija’s birthday this past Sunday.

The ingredients are simple, about two ripe bananas, a can of sweetened condensed milk, a cup of heavy cream, and either a pre-bought pie crust or a homemade pie crust made from rich digestive cookies or graham crackers.

Unfortunately on Sunday, our neighborhood store didn’t have either digestives or graham crackers, so my husband picked up a chocolate graham cracker pie crust, turning my creation into a chocolate banoffee pie.

banoffee pie ingredients


While making banoffee pie is simple, it does require a good amount of time. You begin by immersing the condensed milk, can and all, in boiling water, letting it boil and making sure the pot is full, for about two and a half hours.

making toffee

I have done this multiple times, and the can has never exploded, don’t worry. But once the boiling is done, you will want to let the can cool for at least an hour before attempting to open it. Pressure builds up inside, and once, when I pierced the can, I got sprayed with piping hot, sugary toffee. No bueno.

This is what the condensed milk will look like after boiling. If you prefer it a little darker, just boil for a bit longer. This was perfect for me!

condensed milk toffee

Once the toffee is made, simply spoon it into the pie crust and chill for at least three hours. I did not do this on Sunday, and when I put the cream on, the toffee was still a little warm, causing the whipped cream to melt around the edges.

making banoffee pie

Also, wait until the last possible minute to slice and add your bananas to avoid browning. If you are bringing this to a dinner party, as I did, I would make the toffee and pour it into the crust in the morning and wait until the evening to add the bananas and whipped cream.

banoffee pie

I quickly whipped up the heavy cream and then spooned it on to the top of the pie. I didn’t add any sugar to the whipped cream because the toffee base is sweet enough for me. There is nothing quite like homemade whipped cream!

banoffee pie

banoffee pie

My pie was not set up in the fridge for long enough, so it was a little less firm than I would have liked. But it was delicious, and the birthday girl said she liked it Smile.

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Tags: bananas, banoffee pie, dessert, easy dessert, no-bake desserts, recipe, recipes, simple recipes, toffee, whipped cream

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Banoffee!! I love banoffee! I had it on my very last night in Ireland. I don’t know why it’s not more popular. banana and caramel is just divine. The addition of a chocolate crust is also just genius.


  2. Michelle’s avatar

    This is crazy easy. I am intrigued by immersing the condensed milk can in boiling water. I’ve never seen this before! I am DEFINITELY going to make this in my kitchen!


  3. Raija’s avatar

    Liked it? I had it for breakfast the next day!! :) Yum!!!


  4. blog is the new black’s avatar

    I’ve never heard of this, but sure am glad you introduced me to it!


  5. Morgan’s avatar

    oh yum, i haven’t made or had banoffee pie, it’s awesome1


  6. Erin @ Big Girl Feats’s avatar

    Oh my god, that looks amazing!! When I go to Ireland (someday!), I am coming to you first for recommendations :)

    Thanks for the comment on my blog re: the vegan recipes. I’ve been poking around so many blogs for recipes and everyone is so helpful and creative!


  7. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    This looks great! I would have to stop myself from eating the whole thing.


  8. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I LOVE bannoffee pie. This was one of my favorite desserts when I lived in the Philippines and haven’t had a slice in years! I now want to recreate it myself too!


  9. Steph@stephsbitebybite’s avatar

    Banoffee Pie is one of my favorites! I’ve only had it in restaurants though. You have made me want to make it in my own kitchen now!!


  10. Melissa’s avatar

    This looks delicious! I think the chocolate crust is a fun idea too. I agree there’s nothing like homemade whipped cream! I love the peaks in yours, it almost looks like meringue.


  11. Daisy’s avatar

    Banoffee is a fun name. I can’t believe you just plop the can in water and boil it. the finished product looks so pretty and what a fun idea for a birthday “cake”.


  12. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    Oh, this pie is too tempting (healthy, too, right…potassium?) Just the though of condensed milk makes me happy.


  13. Kate @’s avatar

    I love the name of it! When I read the title, I thought it was a recipe for a banana/coffee pie. :)
    I’ve never had a banoffee pie, but it sounds delicious… I love toffee and I love bananas :)


  14. Shannon’s avatar

    I’ve never had it, but totally something I’d enjoy :) what a great birthday dessert!


  15. Megan’s avatar

    I’ve never made banoffee pie. It looks delicious… and I would definitely be afraid the can would explode! Thanks for allaying my fears!


  16. Evan Thomas’s avatar

    I’ve never heard of boiling condensed milk in a can. What an interesting technique. It must be terrific after the sugars caramelize.


  17. Kimmy’s avatar

    wow – I’ve never had this but is has some of my favorite ingredients. I’m definitely on board.


  18. Denine Anderson-Regan’s avatar

    How cool! My kids would love to watch this pie take shape! It’s on our must-try list. Thanks!


  19. Carol Egbert’s avatar

    Nothing better than a dessert with almost no socially redeeming characteristics. The bananas do represent the healthy element. YUmmy post.


  20. Stephanie’s avatar

    Nope – never heard of this pie but I’m certainly glad that I have now as it looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing – I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different. :)


  21. Julie’s avatar

    Ack! We **TOTALLY** love Banoffee Pie in our house! My parents even like it–my Mom likes it so much that she boils multiple cans of sweetened condensed milk at once and keeps them in the frige so that she has some on hand!


  22. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

    I’ve had banoffee pie flavored things but never the actual thing. It sounds absolutely delicious actually. Maybe I’ll try it one day :)


  23. alicia’s avatar

    I’ve never had banoffee pie, but I’m sure I’d love it. Especially with that chocolate crust!


  24. Chantel’s avatar

    I think I had this…or something similar. It had a grahamn cracker crust, the bananas and then the middle cream layer? It was really thick so I’m not sure it was whipped cream… Then it had a very thin layer of what I think was chocolate grahmn cracker crumbs and served with a drizzle of chocolate sauce.


  25. Alyce’s avatar

    Do you keep it at a “full rolling boil” for 2 hrs., or more of a medium boil? I would assume if its a rolling boil, after a while you would have to add water. How much water over the top of the can? Looks De-lishioso!! Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing!!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I do keep it at a rolling boil. You want to make sure the can is just covered, and I do have to keep an eye on it to add water. We have an electric kettle that boils water really quickly, so I usually pour in hot water from there. I hope you like it!


    2. Raija’s avatar

      this was requested for Christmas Day at my aunt’s house again this year :)


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