I was first introduced to Banoffee Pie while traveling through Nice, France several years ago. While there we enjoyed dinner with a lovely British couple that lived there most of the year. We worked our way through all of the many courses, starting with the aperitif, which is a pre-dinner drink. Second came the entre, which was often served as a prelude to the main course, followed by the delicious plate principal, or the exquisite main course! Contrary to how America consumes their courses, the salad makes an appearance next, and then my favorite part…the cheese plate! It’s seriously the most wonderful part of the meal! Next comes dessert and fruit, followed by coffee, and then a drink of Port. I was captivated by the way they eat meals! Here’s the two things I loved most:
- There is a basket of bread on the table at ALL times. Each course is served on the same plate, so bread is not buttered in France. It’s used to sop up anything on your plate to prepare it for the next course! Um…OKAY!
- Eating dinner in France is a near two hour event. The French view this as an opportunity for friends and family to spend quality time together in the evenings. Even though all of the courses seem like a lot of food, it’s all savored and not rushed, and therefore we never felt like we were overeating.
For all of the things I disliked about the French and their culture, this I loved. ♥
During this lovely dinner with our new British friends, our host introduced us to her favorite British dessert, Banoffee Pie. It was glorious. Its base is made out of either an English pastry, or English biscuits (lightly sweetened) and butter. That is topped with a toffee filling made from boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk, followed by a layer of sliced bananas and then whipped cream. We were in heaven! Each time I hear of this sweet dessert, I’m reminded of that delightful meal in France.
I was over the top excited when I saw these charming mini banoffee pies on Elsiecake’s, A Beautiful Mess, last week! Since we were hosting friends this weekend, I decided to try them out, and was pleased that they weren’t only delicious, but so incredibly easy!