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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Gluten Free Banoffee Pie


For those of you that would like to enjoy a none gluten free banoffe pie, the recipe can be found here

Ingredients


Base

  • 250g Plain White Flour (Doves farm is the best)
  • 150g Butter
  • 75g Caster Sugar

Caramel

  • 100ml Double Cream
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 400g Condensed Milk

Topping

  • 1 Banana
  • 200ml Double/Whipping Cream
  • 1 small bag chocolate buttons

Step One

Mix all the base ingredients together until it resembles a soft crumbly dough.  Don't worry if some of the butter stays in lumps, this will break down during baking.

Step Two

Oil a 23-25cm pan and place the mixture into it.  Because this dough is so crumbly, you may find it difficult to spread in the pan.  I found that the easiest way to do this, was to use my finger tips to squidge it along (just make sure they're spotlessly clean!).  To level off the surface, I used the back on a large spoon - to stop it sticking, run some oil over it.  Prick the surface of the mixture with a fork and set aside.

Step Three

Preheat the oven to 180°C /Fan160°C /350°F/Gas 4, and then bake the shortbread for 20 minutes.  Once cooked, set aside to cool completely.

Step Four

Place all the caramel ingredients in a pan and place on a low to medium heat.  You need to constantly stir this, or else it will burn and not only taste foul, but ruin the pot - believe me ;)  Depending on how thick you like your caramel, will depend on how long you need to simmer it for once it has come to the boil.  10 minutes is soft serve, 15 minutes medium, 20 minutes firm and 25 minutes almost completely set.  Take care during this stage, as the mixture will boil and spit, this stuff burns skin on contact.

Step Five


Once your mixture has reached your desired consistency you need to pour it over the shortbread base.  Level off the top and leave to set - 1-2 hours should do the trick.

Step Six

Slice the bananas and place over the caramel.  Whip the cream until the peaks just hold their shape, and layer over the bananas.  If you have a sweet tooth like me, you will want to add chocolate!  Melt the buttons in either a bain marie or blast it in the microwave until melted.  If you are using the microwave, I suggest that you stir it every 20 seconds to prevent it scorching.  Once the chocolate has melted, leave it to cool slightly for 5 minutes (if you don't it will melt the cream on contact).  Then using the back of a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the cream.

Et Voila  - Enjoy!





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