You see a lot of recipes on WordPress that don’t contain ingredients you would usually expect to see (eg Meatless Roast Chicken or Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Everything-free. I also like the ‘Paleo’ thing – its grains free, right?)
Anyway I was going to make Banoffee Pie. I bought the ingredients – cream, biscuits, chocolate, bananas. Then I forgot about it and the cream went off and bananas went black.
So I went out and bought some more cream and bananas. And forgot about it again. The bananas went black again but the cream was okay. To stop the cycle of banana abuse I decided to employ the kids in preparing something with the remaining ingredients, so we got busy and made something up:
Now I think I’ve done this kind of thing before. However there are some important differences here.
- I let the children (God help me) take the lead
- We didn’t follow a specific recipe
- We used a wicked implement to store the end product.
First we got a big freezer bag and filled it with Digestive Biscuits and then beat the hell out of it with a rolling pin:
Then we mixed the crumbs with some melted butter, added some chocolate chips and then pressed the mix into the base of a big cake tin:
Now the big cheat. We needed some caramel to put on the biscuit base. Last time I messed about creating some with evaporated milk. Fortunately this time we used some already made by those nice people at Nestle; in its goes:
Once the caramel had been spread out it went in the fridge to chill and then we got busy with the chocolate.
First the ganache. We heated some double (heavy) cream, popped in some butter and then poured it over a large amount of very dark chocolate. Then the mix was poured all over the chilled base:
Smooth it out but don’t let it mix into the caramel (which, by the way, is rubbish because it doesn’t set – better to make you’re own).
That’s some seriously smoooth g’nache baby!
Now shove it back in the fridge and get the topping ready. Not too hard. Just break up a load of milk chocolate and melt it:
The trick is making sure all the chocolate gets to that glass bowl
Now pour the chocolate all over the…..well, chocolate:
Put this creation back in the fridge to set for a couple of hours. Now for the final layer: the white chocolate drizzle (which was white chocolate melted with some cream and a dose of vanilla essence):
Now this creation isn’t easy to a) cut and b) move around. To deal with a) you need to heat a knife in boiling water. To deal with b) you need one of these:
Honestly this thing is great – its like a Grab ‘n’ Go device for large, unwieldy cakes. Now I feel some analysis is needed to see what we have actually created here:
I’m sure CSI could use our services should they ever suspect they have a killer dessert on their hands. Meantime I will make do with a nice cup of tea:
Beer maybe your friend but not at 3.00pm. Right?