We couldn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the traditional way this year because of social distancing. But, I was able to use some ingredients in my pantry to put together a simple yet classic Irish dessert. A classic: Banoffee Pie.
The first time I had this pie was in 2011 when I was studying abroad in Ireland with my university. We were staying at a castle in Tipperary when our host Mary made this delicious pie for dessert one night. I had never heard of it, let alone tried it. I loved it so much that I later reached out to her asking for the recipe. Although I ultimately was never able to reconnect with her, I never forgot that pie. Her baking was something special!
I never tried my hand at it until years later in 2015. At that time, my version was pretty good, but not as good as Mary’s. A couple of years later I posted about it on my blog, but I felt that the recipe was overall lacking. Well, five years later and I’m wondering as to why it’s taken me so long to make it again. It sure is worth it! I put all of the things I love about a Banoffee Pie together, and I think this recipe is almost as good as Mary’s.
This pie is so memorable. How else would I be able to love a dessert that I’ve only had twice before in my life? The original one I had had used Irish shortbread biscuits for the crust. The next best thing in the US is graham crackers, which I’ve used in my recipe here. The graham cracker crust is homemade, but store bought is fine. The crust is topped with a dulce de leche filling, sliced bananas, espresso whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Get it? Banoffee… bananas and toffee (and coffee?). It’s SO good!
So, this is my way of celebrating my Irish ancestry this year. Someday we will all look back and say, “Remember in 2020 when we had to work from home and the country shut down? That was wild…” But for now, we’ll bake and social distance! Happy St. Patricks Day everyone! Sláinte!
Hey, I'm Sarah
My favorite things to do are eat, travel, bake, and drink coffee! I love bringing retro and classic recipes back to life and making baking easy and fun.
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