The banoffee pie or banoffi or banoffy is a luscious, sweet dessert that originated from England. It is made from bananas, cream, and toffee with a crust made from biscuits and butter. Some versions of this recipe include chocolate and coffee. Obviously, the name banoffee is derived from its two main ingredients: banana and toffee.
I am personally in love with this dessert. Whether I’m in a coffee shop, bake shop or restaurant, I always choose banoffee pie for dessert (if available on the menu). I am addicted to the combination of banana and toffee. Not to mention the mouthwatering crust. Every aspect of it is just so perfect! It feels like a party of flavors in my mouth.
But before I give you the recipe to my version of banoffee pie, here’s a brief history of how this pie was discovered and created.
Brief History of Banoffee Pie
According to Wikipedia, the invention of Banoffee pie is credited to Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie at the Hungry Monk Restaurant in Jevington,East Sussex. The two invented this dessert around 1972. It was inspired by an American dish known as “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie”, which was made of smooth toffee topped with coffee-flavored whipped cream. Unlike the original recipe, Dowding used a soft caramel toffee created by boiling a can of condensed milk. Mackenzie thought of adding a banana layer. Thus, “banoffi” was born.