Banoffee pie is an English pastry based dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate or coffee. Its name is a portmanteau constructed from the words "banana" and "toffee".
Credit for the cake's invention is claimed by Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie at The Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex. They developed the dessert in 1972, having been inspired by an American dish known as "Blum's Coffee Toffee Pie", which consisted of smooth toffee topped with coffee-flavoured whipped cream. Dowding adapted the recipe to instead use the type of soft caramel toffee created by boiling a can of condensed milk, and worked with Mackenzie to add a layer of bananas. They called the dish "Banoffi" and it was an immediate success, proving so popular with their customers that they "couldn't take it off" the menu.
Banoffee pie is a popular dessert on the backpacker trail in India, thought possibly to have arrived as early as 1978 or 1979 with the influx of young westerners to the region, who shared their favourite comfort food recipes with the local restaurateurs who catered to them. The banoffee pie is a fixture in most budget and tourist towns from McLeod Ganj in the northern Indian state of Himachel Pradesh to the resorts of Goa.
In 2008, Banoffee pies came under heated debate in French cooking. French pastry chefs criticized the restauranteurs of Paris for baking banoffee pies with too much banana content, to cater for sweet tooths. Their campaign was quickly met with government support, backing the idea of retaining a more traditional banoffee taste. The campaign came to a head in July 2008, with the government announcing a national project recommending restaurants to stop selling the overly fruity pies. The campaign, entitled 'Ban a banana Banoffee' was met with criticism and ultimately failed.
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