Banoffee pie

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  • Serves: 8

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  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Child friendly
  • Editor's pick
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Our classic banoffee pie recipe uses condensed milk to make an easy and quick caramel from scratch. This recipe is much easier to make than you may think! The base is only made from 2 ingredients - digestive biscuits and butter. The creamy topping is made with bananas and double cream. Once you've tried this dessert, you'll want to make it time and time again. Love bananas? Love toffee? Well, you're going to love this classic dessert recipe! This recipe serves 8 people and will take only 40 mins to prepare and cook. The buttery biscuit base, the caramel and the rich cream topping work wonders together. This traditional banoffee pie is a real showstopper. Take this dessert to the next level and serve with ice cream and melted chocolate. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Top tip: For a simple way to make the caramel, put an unopened can of condensed milk into boiling water and poach for 2 hrs. After cooling, the condensed milk will have caramelised and can then be poured over the biscuit base, so no need for the butter and caster sugar.


For the banoffee pie base:

  • 100g (4oz) butter
  • 250g (9oz) digestive biscuits, crushed

For the caramel:

  • 175g (6oz) butter
  • 75g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk

For the topping:

  • 4 small bananas
  • 284ml carton double cream, lightly whipped
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting

You will also need:

  • 20cm (8in) loose-bottomed cake tin, greased with the based lined
  • Piping bag


  1. Use a food blender to crush the biscuits into fine crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the crushed biscuits until the two bind together. Press the mixture into the base and sides of a 20cm (8in) loose-bottomed cake tin. Chill for 30 mins.
  3. For the caramel, melt the butter and sugar over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is golden in colour. Add the condensed milk, stirring continuously and bringing to the boil. Keep the caramel boiling steadily for 2 mins, whilst stirring to make a thick golden caramel. Take the caramel off of the heat and cool.
  4. Slice the bananas and arrange most of them over the biscuit base then spread the caramel over the top. Chill for 1hr 30 mins, or until firm.
  5. When ready to serve, remove the pie from the tin and place on a serving plate. Fill a piping bag with the whipped cream and squeeze onto the banoffee pie, decorating as desired with the remaining bananas and a light dusting of cocoa powder.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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I love this recipe because it really gives me the power to be myself and show what i'm really made of. I really recommend this because it is one of the great gifts of life! I am a single mother of 2 with a son that is 3 and loves bananas so this was great for him and time. My dog, Henrietta, absolutely loved it but now i think i added too much cocoa. Any thoughts why cocoa is bad for dogs? :0 Please help quick because i don't know if i'm allowed to give my new dog Benrietta cocoa. Maybe i should add more cocoa/chocolate. - Felicity "Peace out Brothers!"

mollys kitchen

This recipe does not work. Too much butter for the caramel. Base dud not set either. Felt sad to waste all my ingredients on a flop desert. Try Jamie Oliver's recipe, perfect!


yes, it is England's prize dessert! I am an American but lived in England for 11 years and I learned to make this delicious pie while there. I treasure this unique pie that I discovered while living there and I am making it now in America for a Christmas party where they will be serving European foods. I am HONORED to bring this dessert to represent my beloved "other home": England.

sarah armstrong

Didnt cook arrrhhhhhhhhgggg


I don't think that's right either, it isn't working


so? does it really matter?


sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it! It looks great! Unfortunately, it takes a while to set. :(

Debbi Simms

Why is this recipe under American recipes it is a British dessert invented by Ian Dowling from East Sussex


The caramel recipe is not right here, it will be thin and not rich and thick. Use 150g of dark brown sugar, 150g butter, 397g can of condensed milk. Melt the butter and sugar, when the sugar dissolved add the condensed milk keeping it on a low heat and not burning it or boiling it. When the surface starts to bubble take it off the heat and leave to cool. I use this recipe for my millionaires shortbread.

Rose Princep

Called to school to pick up son, saw mary berry recipe for the pie asked if I would make it, it all came out ok but my caramel didn't go very dark, maybe I should have used dark brown sugar instead? or just buy caramel next time.

Jeni Harris

i truely failed with this recipe, the caramel i struggled with when i tried to make it the caramel for the 3rd time, it would not set... ne ideas on what i am doin wrong?


Banoffee pie is my favorite !! Can't wait to make it :)


I made this for a Royal Wedding BBQ and it went down a storm! When I was leaving the party there was still some left, so I was asked to leave it behind!! I went with the method of poaching the condensed milk can for 2 hours, which worked out well, but I'll just buy the pre-made caramel next time to make it even easier. I placed a love heart cut out on top and dusted the whole thing with cocoa powder and surrounded the rim with whole walnuts.


I made this today and when I went to buy some condensed milk they actually had the same size tin of caramel ready to use (carnation also)...this was much easier as there was no waiting for it to set. Just made the base then later chucked on the bananas and caramel, topped with double cream and sprinkled with cocoa...Hey Presto, happy kids! :D


im so glad ive found this my son loves bananas and toffiee so im happy i can now make this and join the two together he's going to love it


Hi Hannah I normally just boil the condened milk in its can in a saucepan of water for about 2 1/5 hours - I tried this recipe a I needed more caramel and i found it made a very rich toffee but I did cook it quite a lot longer than the 2 mins stated here :)


I tried this recipe and although delicious, the caramel wouldn't set, even after 3 hours in the fridge... did I not boil the milk for long enough perhaps? Would that fix it...? Any help would be gratefully received!!!


Fantastic receipe, I to have looked for ages for a caramel from scratch. Will be great for Christmas Day.


I thank God for your proper Recipe for Banoffee Pie!!! I have searched high & low for one that does NOT tell me to boil an unopenned can of condensed milk but gives directions to make the caramel from scratch. Praise the Lord! Tho' I have to say I will be making half my tarts this way and half with pate sucre (Sweet shortcrust pastry) Half my Family like the biscuit base & half the pastry base. But THANK YOU! Pastor Lydia. Oldham Lancashire.


just after making this banoffee pie, using this recipe, and following each step, when i tasted the toffee it was tasty. i love this recipe. thanks


banoffe pie is so great and i've always wanted to make it and this website enables me to do just that and has many great recipies as i love baking desserts


This is the best dessert ever! Yep you can buy Carnation caramel in a tin, so much easier!!!


Did you know you can now buy the banoffee filling in a can - Carnation make it and its lush. No need to boil the tin of condensed milk anymore - this is much easier!


Your website is very interesting and most helpful

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