A slice of banoffee pie
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Region or state||Jevington, East Sussex|
|Creator(s)||The Hungry Monk|
|Main ingredient(s)||pastry base or crumbled biscuits, butter, bananas, cream, toffee|
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.
Credit for the pie's invention is claimed by Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie, the chef and owner respectively at The Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex. They claim to have developed the dessert in 1972, having been inspired by an American dish known as "Blum's Coffee Toffee Pie", which consisted of smooth toffee topped with coffee-flavoured whipped cream. Dowding recalls having adapted the recipe to use instead the type of soft caramel toffee created by boiling a can of condensed milk, and he worked with Mackenzie to add a layer of bananas. They called the dish "Banoffi" and Dowding describes the dish as proving so popular with their customers that they "couldn't take it off" the menu.
The recipe was adopted by other restaurants, and Dowding had heard reports of its appearance on menus in Australia and America. In 1994, a number of supermarkets began selling it as an American pie, leading Nigel Mackenzie to offer a £10,000 prize to anyone who could disprove their claim by finding any published pre-1972 recipe for the pie. Mackenzie erected a blue plaque on the front of The Hungry Monk confirming it as the birthplace of the world's favourite pudding. The Hungry Monk was purchased in 1968 by Nigel Mackenzie and his wife, and was open for 44 years. It closed in January 2012 due to "increased running costs".
The recipe was published in The Deeper Secrets of the Hungry Monk in 1974, and reprinted in the later cookbook In Heaven with the Hungry Monk (1997). Ian Dowding has since posted his original recipe online because he is "pedantic about the correct version", and stated that his "pet hates are biscuit crumb bases and that horrible cream in aerosols".
The word "Banoffee" has entered the English language and is used to describe any food or product that tastes or smells of both banana and toffee. A recipe for the pie, using a biscuit crumb base, is often printed on tins of Nestlé's condensed milk.
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