Thursday, January 28, 2010

Banoffee Pie

At the approach of our 30th year a few friends and I decided to take a vacation of a lifetime. We were all single and accomplished and wanted to really treat ourselves.  
We booked an African Safari and spent Christmas in the Serengeti
and yes
i do
miss the rains down in africa

unfortunately, 
this occasion was well before the advent of
digital cameras for home use
and most of my photos are on slides
which makes them impossible to post here
but believe me when I tell you
there are not words to describe
how it feels
to be killing distance 
(you not them)
from a wild beast
watching them
play and frolic
or
stalk their dinner
or 
to enjoy a picnic lunch
beside a herd of elephant
taking an afternoon bath

life affirming moments
that i collect
like shiny marbles
in a jar

but what about banoffee?

on our journey we stayed in tents
luxury tents
tents as nice as some fancy hotels
and were attended to by locals
however
 our camp host
was this lovely
Australian couple
who would make these amazing meals for us
with precious sweet treats
and one evening we were served
Banoffee Pie
and it was crazy good
and now i make it
when i need something that will make everyone happy
and i don't want to fuss
trust me
this will knock you into tuesday

Banoffee Pie
(printable recipe)
graham cracker crust baked and cooled
dulce de leche (i make my own, but you can find it in specialty stores or mexican groceries)
mascarpone or double cream (in the states mascarpone is more readily found)--room temp
lightly sweetened whipped cream
bananas
Thinly slice your bananas---not chunks--and overlap them in the bottom of the graham cracker crust. Next, spread a layer of the mascarpone equal to the thickness of the banana layer...do not lay it on thick, otherwise that is all you will taste.  Top with a thin layer of dulce de leche, again, cover the layer, but don't put globs and globs.  Place another layer of thinly sliced bananas on top of the ddl, and then top with freshly whipped cream.  Sometimes, I make the whole pie without the whipped cream the day before, cover it and keep in the fridge. I then whip the cream, generously top the pie and serve.



17 comments:

  1. I'm not an outdoorsy type of person but I would love to see Africa and its animals. I would have to stay in the luxury tents though LOL. That pie looks wonderful.

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  2. Ooooh Banofee pie - my favourite but so full of calories!

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  3. A trip to Africa is on my bucket list. We had a dear friend (RIP Max) who spent many wonderful years there and he had the most amazing photographs of his trips. And that pie sounds spectacular. Kathy

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  4. that sounds like an amazing trip !!! :D

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  5. What a wonderful opportunity you had! And what a scrumptious sounding pie.

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  6. Spending time in a luxury tent in the middle of Africa sounds like so much fun!
    My daughter put a bunch of our old slide pictures on a DVD for us last year. That's much better than having to drag out the projector and screen. LOL
    Judy

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  7. Amazing trip, amazing pie recipe! Makes me B very hungry AND wanting to go somewhere other then just the grocery store!

    Thanks for participating!

    A+

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  8. This sounds amazing!
    Do you suggest any specific brand of Dulce De Leche or are you going to share your recipe with us? please.

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  9. Sounds Yummy I've never had it. Need to try it for sure! Thanks for sharing. What an experience you must have had!

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  10. i love a good travel tale! and to be offered dessert, too! Yummy!

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  11. Wow, I bet that was an amazing trip. Is there anyway you can get your slides converted? That would be a good thing to be able to keep for years to come. :-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog on my SITS day! Have a great weekend!

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  12. I am stopping by from SITS. What an amazing way to celebrate...my friends hubby is from South Africa and they have been on a few safaris and soon (hopefully) we will get to go too. She says it is unbelievable....

    Banoffee pie sounds pretty unbelievable too!

    Your supper club idea sounds fun too!

    OK, I think I will just have to follow you...I am hooked (it's because of the pie!)

    Holly
    504main.blogspot.com
    hipweddings.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh, yum! This pie does look delicious!

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  14. hi all...julieann asked about a recipe for dulce de leche...i put a can of sweet condensed milk in a pot of water and simmer away for hours and hours...but tonight i came across this website, that has a crockpot recipe--which is such a great idea, i am sorry i didn't think of it...
    so here is the link
    http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/01/dulce-de-leche.html
    YUMMMMMMMM!

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  15. That pie looks so yummy! I'm jealous I would love to go on a trip like that. Maybe someday...

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  16. MORE power to you. That pie looks fab! Stopping by from SITS!
    -Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

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