Happy Pi Day to all of you math (and pie) lovers out there! I’m not a huge fan of numbers and equations, but I AM a huge fan of pie. And I suppose when making pie, most of the time, you have to practice your fractions and conversions and measurements and such, and so I suppose you could say I’m okay with numbers if and when they involve food.
I love that Pi Day falls during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, because it’s the perfect excuse to make and savor one of my all-time favorite sweets, banoffee pie. And while, as I understand it, banoffee pie didn’t exactly originate in Ireland (the idea was born in neighboring England), it’s still quite a popular treat in The Emerald Isle and can be found on the menus of many Irish restaurants and pubs (if you haven’t tried JK O’Donnell’s banoffee, fellow Fort Waynians, you’re missing out!)
There are several recipes out there for banoffee pie, but there really isn’t too much variation (it’s really only toffee and bananas, after all) and all recipes are quite simple to follow!
I usually make one regular sized pie, but I spotted these mini, single serve crusts at the grocery a few weeks ago and couldn’t help myself. SO CUTE! You’re more than welcome to use any size crust you like (and make your own if you’re feeling ambitious.) Anyway, onto the recipe – which I found over at Saveur!
Makes one regular, 9-inch pie or 8-10 mini, single serve pies.
- Pre-made graham cracker pie crust (or make your own)
- 1 stick butter (unsalted)
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 3-4 bananas
- Whipped cream or Redi-whip (or make your own)
- Chocolate bar for grating
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Once the butter has melted, stir in the brown sugar, and melt over low heat for a few minutes.
- Pour in the condensed milk and bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes, stirring continuously, scraping down the sides of the pan as needed.
- Turn off heat and pour the toffee into the pie crust.
- Let cool in the refrigerator for one hour, until firm.
- Just before serving, slice bananas and layer on top.
- Spoon whipped topping over top of pie and bananas.
- Finish with grated chocolate (and more bananas if desired!)
If I could only have one pie for the rest of eternity, this would be it. And considering how much I love pie, that’s saying something!
What’s your all-time favorite pie? I’m challenging myself to try one new recipe a month and am excited to experiment with some springtime fruits soon… and just maybe finally attempting a homemade crust, too!