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Banana + Toffee = Banoffee! A super sweet dessert – Italian Cuisine


If you love bananas and caramel this is the cake for you. These two ingredients combined in a single dessert and then whipped cream and chocolate flakes. Can you imagine something more greedy?

The banoffee pie is one typically Anglo-Saxon cake of rather recent origins.
It was invented by the pastry chef of a London restaurant in the 70s and has since become famous all over the world.
If you have never tried it, immediately start working because it is an easy dessert to prepare it does not even need to be cooked in the oven. It is perfect in all seasons and will drive big and children crazy.

The base of biscuits

Biscuits and butter, practically the same basis of the classic cheesecake.
Melt 120 g of butter and mix it with 200 g of Digestive biscuits finely chopped.
Use a round hinge mold and press the mixture well on the bottom before storing it in the fridge.

The caramel cream

It is a simple caramel prepared melting in the pan 100 g of butter and 100 g of brown sugar.
Once you have prepared the sugar base, add 400 g of condensed milk and mix again with a hand whisk for 15 minutes.
Let the cream cool down and then make the banoffee pie.

Bananas

There is no variant of the banoffee pie with other fruits, because as we said at the beginning, the name of this cake is banana.
Choose them mature, but not too much. and cut them into thick slices because they have to feel and not become a cream.

banofee cake

How to prepare the banoffee pie

Once the base is ready and cooled, pour the mixture into it caramel leveling it well.
Then add some banana washers and completed with tufts of whipped Cream.
Decorate everything with plenty dark chocolate flakes.
You can also add grain of dried fruit for a crunchy touch.

Brown sugar. It is not brown sugar.

This is an ingredient that you will find very often in the recipes of Anglo-Saxon origin.
It is a white sugar, finely chopped and mixed with molasses.
It can be found in some stores that specialize in sweet products and has the ability to make a dough is softer and more elastic and gives the typical rubbery consistency to cakes, biscuits and creams. He has a very particular right that he knows about caramel.
You can prepare without much difficulty even at home.
Consider that the proportion is 10 parts of white sugar and 1 part of molasses. Mix everything and you will get your brown sugar homemade.

Condensed milk: the basic ingredient

Another little used ingredient in our traditional cuisine, but super popular in American and British dessert recipes.
You find it in a jar or in a tube in all supermarkets and you can use it for the preparation of cakes, pralines and especially for the famous ice cream without ice cream maker.
We advise you to make a good stock and store it in the pantry. It could be useful to you very often!

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Turkish eggs

I  have been worrying a bit recently that the book of this blog, The Bad Cook (which is out TODAY, purchasable here)*, is going to be a disappointment.

This hadn’t crossed my mind until very recently – until recently I had always flicked through it sniggering to myself and going “This is great!!! Definitely worth £1.99.” But now I’m not so sure.

“Does it represent value to my readers?” I think as I sit with a cookbook on my lap, staring out of the window and trying not to pick at my cuticles because it drives my husband nuts.

So I have decided today to alert you to a recipe, which I would pay someone £1.99 to tell me about, which will assuage my feelings of fraudulence.

It is for a turkish eggs thing that Peter Gordon does at his restaurant brasserie cafe thing Les Providores in Marylebone High Street. It is NOT in fusion (sic), which is his cookbook, so I had to source the recipe off a New Zealand website, convert all the measurements, try it out and photograph it.

I’m sure that’s worth £1.99.

So these turkish eggs are poached eggs with yoghurt and a chilli butter. I understand if you think that yoghurt and eggs together sounds gross but I promise it isn’t. This is an incredibly delicious, almost addictive taste and it is very easy to put together for a light supper for you and someone you love. Or just for you alone.

Do not worry if you aren’t brilliant at poaching eggs – I am absolutely hopeless and mine came out just about okay.

So here we go – turkish eggs for 2

2 eggs – the fresher they are, the easier they will be to poach
200g greek yoghurt
1 tbsp olive oil
large pinch of chilli flakes
70g butter
some chopped parsley if you have it

NB – you will notice that there is no salt specified in this recipe. It is not an accident. You can, of course, add as much salt and pepper as you think this needs but personally, I think the lack of salt, the slight blandness, is a really important aspect to this – I don’t think the flavours need it. But you must do whatever you like.

1 In a bowl whisk together the yoghurt and olive oil. It is this whisking and whipping of the yoghurt that makes it so delicious, in my view. You CAN add here a small scraping of crushed garlic, but I don’t think it’s neccessary.

2 In a small pan melt the butter gently until it takes on a very pale brown colour – this takes about 10 mins over a low heat. Don’t be tempted to razz it hot otherwise it will burn. Once it looks to you like it has taken on some colour, add the chilli flakes and swirl around in the butter. Put to one side.

3 Now poach your eggs in some simmering water for 3-4 mins. If you add 100ml white vinegar to the water it should in theory help the process.

4 To assemble, divide the yoghurt between two bowls, then drop an egg on top, pour over the chilli butter and scatter with parsley.

We ate this with toasted sourdough, as they do in Les Providores, but I think this would also be terrific with any sort of flatbread or pitta.

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