When I first saw this recipe on pinterest, I thought I have found the ultimate combination for a pie. This pie combines some of my all-time favorite ingredients: toffee, banana, and whipped topping (aka Cool Whip). Being from the South, this pie had never crossed my radar before. Apparently, this pie is more popular up North and overseas - the southern equivalent, I think, is Banana Cream Pie. This is no Banana Cream Pie though.
Now you may be wondering what is the "danger" part of this pie. There actually is a dangerous element to this recipe besides its yummy goodness. Turning the sweetened condensed milk into toffee can be very dangerous if left unsupervised. To make the toffee, place a can of sweetened condensed milk into a large/tall pot of boiling water and let it boil for 2 1/2 hours. If you have any clue about how water goes through it's different phases (ice vs liquid vs vapor), water, by nature, will evaporate as it boils. If the can becomes uncovered in the boiling water, it will EXPLODE. No joke. I read comments on other posts about how people would leave their house while this was cooking (and I don't know why someone to leave a boiling pot of water on the stove and not be at home - that is beyond my comprehension) and come back to a gooey mess requiring kitchen makeovers (i.e. ruined cabinets and repainting walls). So PLEASE heed my warning: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, LEAVE THIS UNATTENDED. It's not worth it. I set my kitchen timer to go off every 20 minutes to remind me to go check on it just to make sure. I did have to add water on more than one occasion.
Depending on how "homemade" you want to make this pie will depend on the ingredients needed. I confess, I didn't make a homemade graham crust or the homemade whipped topping - I used the pre-made. Here are the ways to make it from scratch:
Homemade Graham Crust:
- Refer to my Eggnog Cheesecake Bar recipe and follow steps 1-3.
- Use a pie pan instead (and no aluminum foil like I used in that recipe)
- Bake about 10 minutes, until it is just slightly brown around the edges. Watch it so it won't burn!
- Let cool before use.
- I have read that freezing a large mixing bowl and beaters for about 10 minutes prior to making is a good idea.
- Using electric mixer, whip 2 cups whipping cream (heavy cream) until peaks are about to form.
- Add 2 tsp of vanilla and 2 tbsp confectioner's sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
- (Courtesy of Paula from Allrecipes)
- 3 bananas
- 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups whipped topping, thawed
- 1 graham cracker crust
- 1 small bar of chocolate (optional for garnish)
Warning: Danger!Bring large/tall stock pot of water to boil. Remove the label from the sweetened condensed milk. Place unopened can in boiling water, completely submerged. Cover and boil for 2 1/2 hours. KEEP CAN COVERED and SUBMERGED IN WATER AT ALL TIMES!!!! (see above for details) **This step can be done hours to days to months ahead of time. I went ahead and prepped 2 cans since I was going through the trouble of watching a pot for 2 1/2 hours. Your ToffeeTake the pot off the stove and allow the can to cool. This will take some time. Don't expect it to cool in 30 minutes - you can place it in the refrigerator or freezer if you need it in the more immediate future.
- Once the can has cooled you can start the rest of the pie prep.
- Make the crust and whipped topping if you are making from scratch.
- Open toffee can and stir with a knife until smooth.
- Grate chocolate over top for garnish (optional).
- Cool in refrigerator for at least one hour to set.
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