Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

All-Butter Pie Crust:

·         1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

·         ½ tablespoon granulated sugar

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

·         3 tablespoons ice water


Vanilla Bean Custard:

·         2 cups whole milk

·         Seeds of 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste)

·         ¼ cup granulated sugar

·         ¼ cup corn starch

·         4 egg yolks

·         3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold


Bananas, Cream and Caramel:

·         1 cup Salted Caramel Sauce, room temperature

·         1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold

·         1/3 cup powdered sugar

·         3 large bananas (or 4 small/medium)

·         1 tablespoon lemon juice

·         1 teaspoon cinnamon

·         ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

·         2 tablespoons toffee bits



Baker’s Note: Make the crust and custard one day in advance so that both are cooled and ready to go when it’s time to assemble the pie.  Loosely cover the baked pie crust, once it’s cooled, and keep at room temperature; keep the custard chilling in the refrigerator until ready to assemble.  Also, while I made a butter pastry crust, a salted graham cracker crust would also be delicious.


Bake the Crust:

Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.  Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until pea-sized pieces of butter remain.  Sprinkle with the ice water, toss with a fork, then turn out onto a clean counter and pull the dough together with your hands until it sticks together enough to be rolled out.

Dust the counter and pastry lightly with flour and roll dough out to ¼ inch thick.  Transfer to a deep-dish pie pan and turn the edges under themselves, making them look pretty.  Freeze for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375.  Spray a piece of foil with non-stick spray and press greased side down and fill with dried beans or pie weights.  Bake for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake uncovered until browned, another 10-15 minutes.  Cool completely.


Make the Custard:

In a saucepan, combine the milk, vanilla bean seeds or paste, sugar and cornstarch.  Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks to break them up.  When the milk mixture begins to bubble around the edges, slowly stream about a cup of the hot milk into the eggs, whisking them constantly to temper them.  Scrape the warmed egg mixture back into the saucepan.

Whisking constantly, bring the custard to a boil over medium heat, then cook for 1-2 minutes until thickened.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, right against the surface of the custard.  Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.


Assembly:

Whip the cream with the vanilla and powdered sugar until medium/stiff peaks form.  Set in the refrigerator.

Slice the bananas and toss with the lemon juice (to prevent browning and for a touch of freshness), cinnamon and nutmeg.

Loosen the chilled custard with a spoon and spread half the custard into the pie, top with half the bananas and drizzle with half the caramel.  Repeat with the rest of the custard, bananas and caramel.  Top with piles of whipped cream and sprinkle with toffee bits.


Yields 8-10 servings


Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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