Banoffee Pie Cups
Updated: Sep 19, 2020
September 20 2020
When my boys were little, they had an opportunity to go to South Africa with their dad. When I asked them the highlights of their trip, it was unanimous: Banoffee Pie! While I had never heard of it (especially weird since I'm Canadian...seems like things that originated in the UK are happily adapted in Canada), I figured I'd research it and make it for them.
I was delighted because it had everything in it that I love: bananas and toffee (hence the name!). It quickly became one of my favorite desserts as well. I have adapted the original recipe for individual servings and put my own little touch on them. A big positive about these yummy cups is that it's a no-bake dessert, and it can all be made ahead, at least 4 hours ahead!
I hope you enjoy these!
Banoffee Pie Cups
Makes: 10 single-layer cups or 5 double-layer servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes Fridge Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
For the Dulce de Leche Layer:
1 14-ounce can ready-made Dulce de Leche or sweetened condensed milk (See Chef's Note)
For the Crust Layer:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs, made from finely crushing 9 sheets
2 tbsp soft light brown sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
For the Whipped Cream Layer:
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
For the Banana Layer:
3 to 4 bananas
Chocolate or honeycomb, for garnish
To Prepare the Crust Layer:
In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar until combined. Add in the melted butter and stir well to evenly coat the crumbs.
Divide the crumb mixture evenly among 10 (5 if making double-deckers) small glasses or dessert cups (of 1 cup/ 8oz capacity); 2 tablespoons per cup.
Using the bottom of a clean spice bottle, press on the crumb mixture to compress into an even layer. Refrigerate until you prepare the remaining components.
To prepare the Whipped Cream:
Pour the cold heavy whipping cream into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip the cream on low speed until it starts to foam and slightly thicken, 1-2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, then raise the speed to medium and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a piping bag with your favorite tip, if desired, and set aside.
Take the cups with the prepared crust out of the fridge. Top the crusts with 2 tablespoons of dulce de leche in each cup (it's easier to spread if you warm the dulce de leche in the microwave for 20-30 seconds). Use a spoon to gently spread it out.
Peel and slice the bananas into rounds of medium thickness. Arrange 4 to 5 banana slices into each cup, shingling them on top of the dulce de leche layer.
Casually spoon or pipe some whipped cream on top of each banana layer. Stop here if you're making 10 single layer pie cups. If making 5 double-deckers, repeat the process of layering one more time, by topping the whipped cream with 2 tablespoons of crumbs followed by 2 tablespoons of dulce de leche, then banana slices and finishing it off with a big swirl of whipped cream.
To garnish, heat the chocolate bar in the microwave for 10 seconds, then use a vegetable peeler to make chocolate curls. Sprinkle a few curls on top of each cup. Or, chop up a piece of honeycomb and sprinkle pieces on the top of the whipped cream.
Chill until ready to serve. Take out of the fridge 15 to 20 minutes before serving to take the chill out of it.
If you can't find Dulce de Leche, follow this recipe.
For a shortcut, store-bought Dulce de Leche can be used instead of cooking sweetened condensed milk. I've used Bon Maman's Dulce de Leche and can confirm that its heavenly. It's a little hard to find (I had to order mine online) but I've also used another brand, La Lecheria, that is easier to find in grocery stores or online.
If you would like to take the traditional route and serve this as a "pie", the same recipe could be adapted for a 9-inch pie dish. However, you'll need to make double the crust quantity. Everything else shall remain the same.
Recipe adapted from Cleobuttera