Summer of Pie

Why a summer of pie you might ask? Well pretty much anything that involves pastry and is accompanied by cream or chocolate is totally ok with me and besides I just got the idea in my head that an entire summer of pie would be a deliciously fun thing to do and I am going with it.

Banoffe Pie

We are approaching beach season and while most people are starting their pre-summer diets, getting in shape & prepping bikini bodies. I have decided to go in the total opposite direction. I’m thinking more along the lines of how much butter, chocolate & cream can I cram into my oven / face this summer.

So here’s the plan; one pie for each week of summer that’s 12 weeks of pie (if my maths is correct) ..drool.. I like the idea of adding a few extra pies along the way like bonus levels (I am making the Mario Brother’s level up noise in my head as I type this) and maybe bonus levels could be pies that are a bit more difficult or weird and wacky flavour combos … oh the possibilities… sigh..drool…sigh!

I’ve been doing plenty of pie research which pretty much involves watching the 2007 movie “Waitress“. Secretly I have been wanting to learn how to make proper American style pie ever since I saw this movie a few years ago. It is filled with mouth watering cinematic shots of delicious pies being created and it’s actually a really cute funny movie. My favourite thing about the baking scenes is how the pies are named like  “I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong & I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me Pie” and “Baby Screamin’ It’s Head Off In The Middle of the Night & Ruinin’ My Life Pie”. I’m definitely going to steal I mean appropriate this name idea for my pie creations.

The remainder of my pie research has involved buying a gorgeous vintage pie dish, a new mini food processor & spending a lot of time drooling over this blog & obsessing about pie on pinterest. Check out my Pinspirational Pie Board. Yum!

The weekend just past I made a test pie (had to flex my pie muscles see if they were up for the challenge). I am calling this creation;

“My best friend moved away and I need to eat my sad for me but happy for her feelings Pie”

other wise known as Banoffee Pie with Maple Syrup whipped cream.

The recipe

Start with the Base

1 x 250g pkt  Milk Arrowroot biscuits or similar

130g butter, melted

Crush the biscuits in a food processor until finely ground. Add in melted butter and mix together to form base mixture.

Press evenly into a pie dish and cover with glad wrap, put in the fridge for 20-30mins and get started on the next step.

Caramel filing 

1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk

70g (1/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar

50g butter

Place all ingredients in a non stick sauce pan on a very low heat and continuously stir for approx 10mins or until Caramel becomes thick. Notes; Don’t stop stirring or it will stick and make sure its a low heat.

Pour hot caramel over the biscuit base and put back in the fridge for a hour to cool & set.

Banana layer

2 bananas (sliced thinly length ways)

Once the filling is set slice the bananas and place on top of caramel.

Whipped Cream 

1x Tablespoon of Maple Syrup (to taste)

1 x 250ml whipping cream

Whip the cream until thick slowly adding in maple syrup to taste

Final Steps 

Top with whipped cream

Sprinkle with grated chocolate or cinnamon!! Eat & enjoy.

p.s  I am taking pie requests and suggestions for my “Summer of Pie” if you have any ideas, just leave a comment…


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