Banoffee Pie – A Short History and Recipe

Banoffee Pie – A Short History and Recipe

It is thought that banoffee pie was created by Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie in 1972. Mackenzie owned a restaurant in East Sussex, England called The Hungry banoffee

  Monk and Dowding was the chef. Dowding apparently thought of the idea after seeing an American dish called “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie” which consisted of smooth toffee topped with coffee flavoured cream. According to Dowding though, this recipe rarely worked – it either didn’t set properly or dried “like concrete”.

Together they adapted the idea to toffee and bananas and made up the word “banoffi”, which has now turned into “banoffee” and is now part of the English language used to describe anything that tastes of banana and toffee. So they added the new Banoffee Pie to their menu and found it became so popular that diners would actually request table bookings only if this particular dessert was on the menu. In fact, it became so popular that they simply could not remove it from the menu.

After a couple of years or so Dowding says that other local restaurants began to add it to their menu, and then they began to hear rumours that the dessert was being sold in restaurants in Australia and America. It also became highly popular in India during the late 1970’s, probably because of young backpackers who enlightened the locals with this dish.

Over the years banoffee pie became more and more popular and is now served all over the world.

Below is a fantastic recipe for making your own

Ingredients

3 large bananas

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