ZOMBIE CHERRY PIE + HALLOWEEN THOUGHTS

Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca
Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca

Is Halloween more magical than Christmas? Does that sentence offend you? If you're like my Great Aunt Lorraine who's house looks like Santa diarrheaed Christmas cheer everywhere, then you might be. One year she took my mum and I to a Christmas liquidation sale in a large medically lit warehouse to get deals on Christmas items leftover from the previous year. Four hours in a sea of red, gold and green but lacking it's luster from the industrial setting among mentally ill hoarders. This was my Aunt Lorraine's heaven. Bless her, she's sweet lady. 

For me, Christmas is very magical. But Halloween is my jam. Like my deep dark soul jam. As a child, I felt like I was a magical being in a human's body. But not the sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice kind of magical. I believed myself to be mostly good, but with a mysteriousness, a mischievousness, an untamed wildness that could not be exorcised. I felt eventually the universe would reveal my powers and I could fully come into who I am– a lady warlock!

In my early twenties I was very unhappy. I had panic attacks and severe anxiety that debilitated me from living a normal day-to-day life. I had lost myself somewhere growing up. It felt like everyone else was deciding how I should act, who I should be and what I should be doing with my life. Let's not should ourselves, okay? It seemed my vision of who I really was and the world I wanted to live in was fading, and fast, into a dismal abyss of monotonous cubicle jobs, illness, and financial stress.  A few people in my life helped remind me those things weren't real, if I didn't want them to be. The more I focused on feeling good, the more I could hear my true self and the magic returned bit by bit. Magic comes in many forms and shows up differently for everyone. Maybe this is why Halloween speaks to me– it reminds us of the beauty and mystery in life but on a wide spectrum of dark and light. Darkness is important as it gives contrast to light. I like to imagine the darker you go on one end of the spectrum allows you to go equally as far on the light side. The wider your feeling range has grown, the more expansive you become. I think the intense fearful and depressing feelings allowed for profoundly joyful ones because it's all intensity, just in different forms. And you can feel extreme gratitude and joy from the contrast of knowing how bad the other end of the spectrum feels. 

We can't rid ourselves or this world of darkness, so why not embrace it? Say, “I see you there. You are valued." Without darkness, wouldn't life be boring? What makes a great story? It's almost always the contrast between good and evil. Of course we always hope good will prevail, but without evil  there would be no fuel for bravery, curiosity, mystery, or adventure! And without those, life doesn't really sound all that great.

You cannot deny the macabre is thrilling. It's so human from the fear and uneasiness it brings but it's simultaneously otherworldly in nature. I like to fall in love with that darkness. Many of my favourite places are shrouded in creepiness and shadows; New Orleans with it's deep mystical roots, Prague's gothic and baroque architecture, and Mexico with the Day Of The Dead– a celebration commemorating the deceased and reminding you death is a part of life. 

Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca
Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca
bloody-cherries (1).jpgZombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca

And with that, I made a zombie pie. An all butter crust with a deep cherry red filling that gives us some good looking blood and clots. I used this pie crust recipe and method from Pastry Affair because it works every single time. For last year's Halloween post click here for this decadent Chocolate + Salted Dulce De Leche with Meringue bones. It's shamelessly rich with distinct notes of good and evil. 

Wizard of Oz – The Scarecrow (me) + The Lion (mum)

Wizard of Oz – The Scarecrow (me) + The Lion (mum)

My best Tiger impression. ARE YOU SCARED?!

My best Tiger impression. ARE YOU SCARED?!

Halloween Candy + Types of People


Packs of Candy (starburst, skittles, fuzzy peaches etc.) – You are a considerate, good person who remembers what it's like to be a kid. You never leave the breakroom messy and you buy friends/coworkers coffees without a second thought. Dogs like you and cats think you're okay. 

Tootsierolls – Wow, really?! Do you hate children or something? You're not fooling anyone with your passive aggressive candy choice. Flush those down the toilet like the rabbit poops they really are. 

Tootsieroll lollipops – You're not a bad person like original-tootsieroll-guy (see above) but you are confused what qualifies as good candy nowadays. The outer lollipop part of this candy is okay (especially the cherry) so you get a pass. You also fill stockings with oranges at Christmas. We don't dislike these choices, but there are better ones. Light a candle tonight and look within yourself for more insight on making good choices. 

Candy Corn – You like seeing the faces of disappointed children. You get off on it. You loudly rustle popcorn bags at the movie theatre while shovelling your buttery hands into your mouth then laugh so loudly the popcorn flies right back out. You attached a pair of fake balls to your truck and have a terrible bumper sticker that offends people and that's the way you like it. You think Donald Trump is “doing his best".  Please seek therapy asap.

Toothbrushes – You are a dentist or dental hygenist. It's good to have one in each neighbourhood, but no more than that. You care about health and we need people like you so our teeth don't fall out of our faces like in the dark ages. 

Mini bags of chips – People love you! You're a great neighbour and always let your kids have  sleepovers and let them watch scary movies. You also enjoy gardening and have some lovely petunias come summertime.

Homemade cookies in saran wrap – You are 90 years old. Your name is something like Ethel or Beatrice. You have mildly good intentions but you're losing it. Sometimes you say inappropriate remarks like “coloured people" or “chinamen" but you're so old that people sigh defeatedly and say, “well... she'll be dead soon."

Homemade cookies with surprise razor blade center – You are psychologically unwell but it's the 90s so we don't take mental illness seriously yet. Your favourite past time is leering at children in the playground and wearing your mother's rouge lipstick in a wide ring around your lips. 

Mini chocolate bars – You're an angel. You see the brighter side of life and say things like, “I love to cozy up with a good book in the rain". You've travelled the world and have photos in your house of the time you bathed in the Ganges with the locals and travelled camelback across the Sarahan Dunes in Morocco. You always bake cupcakes for birthdays and write heartfelt notes that make people tear up and remember how beautiful life is. Thanks for being you.

Raisins – Why?! Did you pull those from the back of your pantry where they've been sitting for the last three years? You keep trying to convince everyone they're “earth's natural candy" but raisins are just dusty old dried up grapes. You know what's better? Regular grapes. Or anything else ever. 

“I'm on an important witch call mother. Please exit the room before I turn your new push-button phone back into a rotary."

“I'm on an important witch call mother. Please exit the room before I turn your new push-button phone back into a rotary."

Vampiress (my bf Alex) + Wind Up Doll (me)

Vampiress (my bf Alex) + Wind Up Doll (me)

Disco Queen (Alex) + Paper Bag Princess (me)

Disco Queen (Alex) + Paper Bag Princess (me)

Zombie Cherry Pie + Halloween Thoughts || Spooky face cherry pie + all butter crust made from scratch || food styling + photography by creamandhoney.ca

Happy Halloween Lovely Humans!!!

 Creep it real. xx


ZOMBIE CHERRY PIE

the magic

inspiration:                Halloweeeeen

the feels:                    buttery, flakey, sweet, slightly tart

eat with:                     tea, coffee, whipped cream/coconut cream,                                          pouring cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate                                      ice cream, champagne/ sparkling wine, red                                        wine (merlot, pinot noir, syrah/shiraz)

might like if you're into:     The Shining, the macabre, Edgar Allen                                              Poe, eating flesh, sucking blood, Dexter,                                            The Witch (a really good scary movie).

the science

makes one 9 inch pie

ingredients: 

  • one double pie crust (see below for link)
  • 5 cups pitted cherries (fresh or frozen, I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
  • pie tin or dish

method:

  1. In a large bowl mix the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, almond extract and cornstarch until evenly combined. Put in the fridge to let filling settle. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. 
  3. Place half of pie crust in pie tin. Push down gently to secure to base. Trim edges and keep the scraps. Pour in cherry filling. Dot the filling with the small cubes of butter (Make a triangle with the scrap pie dough for the shape of the nose. Feel free to make it as big as you like. place in the middle of the pie on top of the filling wherever you want your nose to be. 
  4. Place second pie crust on top. Push gently over the nose to form. Rip edges of top pie crust so the zombie face outline is messy looking. With a sharp knife cut out eyes and mouth. Add cuts for scars/stitches. With a chopstick or pen, push gently into the bottom of the nose to create nostrils. 
  5. Brush with the egg wash and place the pie on a large baking sheet to catch any overflow. Place into oven for 20 minutes. Remove pie and cover the edges with a pie crust shield (I make one by gently forming aluminum foil around the edges in pieces. This prevents the edges from becoming too dark. Turn oven down to 375ºF and put pie back into oven. Bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, I base it on the colour being nice and golden. 
  6. Let pie cool. Scoop out eyes for a more hollow soul look and poke the chopstick back into the nostrils so filling can seep through. Serve on it's own or with some sort of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 
  7. Cover tightly. This pie can be stored on the counter at room temperature for 2 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze this pie if making in advance, in which case freeze the pie uncovered until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and freeze for up to a month. Thaw at room temperature for an hour then reheat at 375ºF until warm (around 30 minutes). 

Pie crust recipe from Pastry Affair.

Cherry filling recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

BUMBLEBERRY PIE

Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca

I always thought Bumbleberry was a made up fairy tale word, like jabberwock* or chortle** from Alice in Wonderland. If a pie was made in Wonderland it would likely be some sort of  Bumbleberry-Mome Rath-Jub Jub Bird flavour with LSD-like effects. (***Am I making sense right now?) To my surprise, I discovered that Bumbleberry is a real-world type of pie that is defined as having at least 3 kinds of berries". What a fabulous name! I will admit I was a bit let down from my previous parallel universe pie idea, but I will settle for a delicious mixed berry pie any day if that's my other option. Sigh. 

Tip: If you drink champagne during the making and eating of the pie, it becomes a little more magical. Drop a few extra berries in your glass and it's almost as if you're toasting the Queen of Hearts herself. But no one liked that bish anyways. The Cheshire Cat is the dude I would hang with. 

* Jabberwock: a large beast with the body and wings of a dragon, fish-like head, antennae and talons for hands. It also wears a vest. <3                                                                                                                                                              ** Chortle: to chuckle gleefully. A blend of chuckle and snort.                                                                                     *** Here is the poem Jabberwocky to understand but also become more confused at the same time. You're welcome.

Fresh berries || Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca
Prosecco cocktail || Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca
Wildflowers of Ontario || Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca
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Forests are my own version of Wonderland where you can find hidden wildflowers and berries that risk being either delicious or deadly. Get your thrills on.

Wildflowers || Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca

The art of pie making from scratch is not the easiest task. I've been working on my crusts lately which resulted in a rollercoaster of emotions. I often end up with rough dough that breaks easily and won't roll out. People say, “Don’t use too much liquid” and “Barely work the dough or you will make it tough”. In turn, I end up with dough that doesn't come together because I'm so scared to over handle it. 

Directions from most recipes tend to be something like:

1. Mix dry ingredients together.

2. Add COLD butter. It must be COLD. Did I mention COLD?! Cold. The word has lost all meaning. 

3. Break butter into small pieces using that food processor you don't own.

4. Add liquid. But not too much. But not too little. But a little more than that. Nope, you added too much. You fail at pies.

5. Now bring dough together in a perfectly uniform disk by barely touching it. No hands at all in fact. Like, with your mind would be best.

7. Roll out your perfectly smooth pie dough to a impossibly thin diameter.

8. Now cut some things, twirl upside down, criss cross the lattice then send it down an elevator shaft and expecto patronum! You’ve made a beautiful and SUPER EASY pie!

My steps usually goes something like:

1. Mix dry ingredients together. NAILED IT. I'M DOING GREAT!                                                           *stop and dance to Grown Woman by Beyoncé*

2. Break apart the COLD butter with my fingers that don't work like anything like food processor blades. But would be cool if they did... Edward FoodProcessorHands?

3. Attempt to form it into a disc, but more closely resembles a pile of beige garbage. Swear a bunch.

4. Put in the the fridge, say a prayer and hope for a miracle.

5. Take the dough out. The prayer didn't work. I'm not religious so what did I expect. Debate going to church. Decide no, because all the church I've ever been to in life was really boring. Not like in Sister Act at all, which was disappointing as a young girl (wait for the beat to drop at 1:10!).

6. Cry. Accept I will never be a good pie maker. Curse more. Look up to the sky and loudly declare that “I didn't want to be a pie maker anyways!". 

7. Construct a very grim lattice which leaves the pie looking far too exposed. Wonder if the pie feels vulnerable right now... Bake the pie. Take a nap from the stress.

8. Eat the sad looking pie because any pie is acceptable when you're in need of comfort.  

I started going around to everyone I know saying, “What's with the expression, Easy As Pie?! It was clearly made up by someone who never made a pie in their life! Or they were a professional pie maker and never did anything else but make pies! Either way, it's bullshit.” I was so frustrated I googled the expression to see where it came from. Apparently the idiom is actually referring to the act of EATING pie because it is a simple and pleasurable experience". Uhhhh Yeah! Obviously eating pie is easy! Eating any type of delicious food is easy! You could just insert any food into that expression and it would work. Some things would make even more sense like, easy as wine". You can accidentally drink a bottle of wine to yourself, but you can't accidentally eat a whole pie in one sitting. It's not that easy.

Some other weird expressions that make no real sense to me…

And Bob’s your uncle!" – WHO IS BOB!? Apparently he’s everyone’s uncle. Probably everyone’s weird creepy uncle who is estranged because no one trusts him since the expression referring to him suggests that Bob being your uncle makes something really easy, but it's probably not. Bob is complicated. Like pie making. And reading that run-on sentence. I'm sorry.

They’ve got skeletons in the closet" – Newsflash: Dead bodies stink guys! They stink real bad. If anyone has a skeleton in their closet you’d be able to smell it from a mile away, there would be a million flies hanging around their home and it wouldn’t be a f@#king secret at all. People wouldn’t be coming over to their place for a cup a tea thinking “you know, that Susan is acting strange lately. And when did she get all those pet maggots? I think our Sue might be up to something...”.                 No. They would barf from the smell the minute Susan opened the door and be like, SUSAN WTF?!". I don’t know Susan, but she just seems like the type to store a dead body in her closet. 

Straight From The Horse’s Mouth – Uhhhhhh HORSES DON'T SPEAK!!! And when did they become such truth tellers anyways!? But if they did speak, they are probably the ones who made up all these nonsense expressions like Easy As Pie because they can't make pies, they just eat all the ones cooling on the window sills which is super easy and fun. 

Anyways, I figured out how to make better pie thanks to an amazing blog. Kristin from Pastry Affair is my fairy-pie-godmother. She explains here the method that makes me a delicious flaky crust which comes together easily. She gives details and photos of why it works and what it should look like every step along the way. Thank you Kristin! xx

*note: the ingredients for this buttermilk crust recipe are from Joy The Baker (who is the OG of bake blogs in my opinion), but using Pastry Affair's method is what made this pie come together for me. They are both amazing and you can check them out to make your life a better more buttery place. 

Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca
Bumbleberry Pie || Three types of berry pie (raspberry, blackberry + blueberry). Homemade pie crust from scratch with an easy to make pie filling. A perfect summer pie for a picnic or potluck. || creamandhoney.ca

Fyi– this pie is more tart than sweet because that's how I like my pies, but feel free to add more sugar if you prefer the sweeter side of things. xx


BUMBLEBERRY PIE

t h e   m a g i c 

i n s p i r a t  i o n :                    berry season + desire to improve my crust-making skills 

f e e l s :                                        tart, sweet, flaky, lush

e a t   w i t h :                              iced mint tea, iced coffee, allonge, whipped cream, vanilla or almond                                                                  ice cream, mascarpone, champagne for elegance and magic

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :             rivers and woodlands, deep rich hues, talking purple cats,                                                                                       cottages in the forest, window sills, wildflowers, stained                                                                                           fingers, foraging, 3.14159265...                                                                                      

t h e   s c i e n c e

makes one double crust or two single 9 inch crusts

i n g r e d i e n t s :

crust

  • 315 grams all purpose flour (2.5 cups) *I always weigh flour because it tends to weigh out far less than the cup value which affects the final product.
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (1 cup or 226 g)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp pink or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

filling

  • 2 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pink or sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten with a tsp of water into it, (for brushing onto the crust before baking)
  • turbinado sugar, (for sprinkling onto the pie before baking)

 

m e t h o d :

crust 

With the ingredients above, use  Pastry Affair's step by step directions because they are incredibly thorough. Click here to learn this method! She ends with the dough pressed into the pie plate.

1. Place plastic wrap on top of the pressed  pie bottom and place into fridge to re-cool.  

2. If making a lattice, create whatever width you desire for the strips. I made 6 strips, 1.5" wide and keep them on parchment paper while cutting to prevent any sticking. Click here for a video to help you make a pie lattice. Move parchment paper with strips onto a baking sheet, place plastic wrap on top to cover the pie strips and place into fridge to re-cool.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F and make pie filling while it heats up. In a large bowl add all the berries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and mix together gently. Let macerate in the fridge for 15 minutes. 

5. Remove pie bottom from fridge and take off plastic wrap. Pour berry mixture into the pie bottom. Remove pie strips from the fridge and create your lattice on the top of the pie. Crimp sides with fingers or press with a fork to complete.

6. Using a pastry brush, glaze the top of the pie with the egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Place pie into the oven on the middle rack and bake for 1 hour. 

7. Let pie cool for at least 45 minutes before eating. It feels terribly long but worth the wait so it doesn't spill out. Top with ice cream, whipped cream or pouring cream if desired. 

BANOFFEE BIRTHDAY PIE

Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

This pie feels like humble celebrations. Only a few ingredients and finished with a billowing whipped cream–it is perfect for any day of festivities.

It was my best friend's birthday this week and I am sure we've known each other for many life times. We help balance one another in times times of need and madness. We all go a little crazy sometimes. And it's okay. Serendipitous coincidences happen to us on a regular basis. Without knowing–we will make the exact same dish for dinner, have the same idea or thought, apply for the same job, end up at the same cafes or bars without plans and we live in a city of millions of people. Even existential life crises have arose at the same time... Although it's better when they don't because it's a lot of obscure universal conversations with alternate crying. At least we take turns, I guess? 

I'm always excited to celebrate birthdays of the people I love–it makes me happy thinking of how they have changed my life and how blessed I am to know them. So this year a pie with some thick dulce de leche and a massive cloud of whipped cream was in order. I gave it to her alongside a bottle of tequila and a large green juice. Because it's all about balance, right?! 

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

I love how easy it is to make dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk. If you haven't done it, you are in for a massive sugar high and tooth-achey ride of your life!!!! Because I don't believe you can resist eating this straight from the can if you are human.                                                                                        If you resist, you are officially a non-human. And you should try it because all the humans are doing it, dude.

Boil the can of condensed milk in a pot of water and then like magic you peel open the top and voila! Dulce de leche! Alchemy at it's finest. Simmering time varies depending on how dark you want yours. I like mine dark. Real dark, with intense caramel notes and richness. You can make a bunch of cans at once which store in your cupboard for months. Then you have dulce de leche on hand to top over your ice cream, spread on cookies, or eat by the spoonful. Dangerous? Yes. Do I regret it? Never. 

(note: for more detailed instructions on boiling, see recipe at the bottom of the post)

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

Things to know about banoffee pie:

1. Banoffee = banana + toffee".

2. It's a messy pie–gooey, sloppy and doesn't stay together very well. Kids will love it.

3. It's a classic British dessert aka pudding. 

British food is one of my favourites. Not enough people give credit to this cuisine in my opinion and I've even heard people say British food is terrible. And when they do I say,

ARE YOU F*$KING CRAZY!? Have you had an English roast dinner?! It's literally one of the most delicious things on the planet! And what about meat pies? Cornish pasties?! Ummm SCONES! HELLO! Yorkshire pudding! Scotch eggs?! F*&KING FISH AND CHIPS MOTHERFU*%ER!!!" Then they start looking scared because I'm apparently being too intense.                                                         So then I'm all, Just kidding. Ha. Ha.😬 Because it's awkward. But I wasn't kidding guys. I wasn't.

Is anyone else obsessed with The Great British Bake Off?! If you are, then you'll be familiar with the brilliance that is Banoffee. 

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

I was way too eager this time and didn't let the pie crust set in the fridge so this happened. But it's important to embrace the imperfections and messiness of life. It's also important to be patient... But that's something I'm not that good at.

Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca
Homemade Dulce de Leche || Banoffee Birthday Pie || A classic British inspired dessert! Digestive biscuit crust, dulce de leche (or caramel), banana, whipped cream + shaved chocolate. Toffee + Bananas are a dream come true! Easy to make and only six ingredients. || creamandhoney.ca

BANOFFEE PIE

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :                    it's a celebration bitches!

f e e l s :                                      crunchy + soft + gooey

e a t   w i t h :                            coffee, espresso, tea, lemonade, margaritas! 

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :           retro pies, stone cottages, rolling hillsides, small town fairs,                                                                                     balloons, bouncy castles, playing in the mud.

t h e   s c i e n c e

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 400 g digestive biscuits
  • 156 g butter (11 tbsp)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (or 1 can of pre-made dulce de leche)
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • dark chocolate, for grating

m e t h o d :

Dulce De Leche        

*Takes 2-3 hours*  Make one or many at a time. They will keep in your cupboard for a few months.

  1. Remove label from can(s) of sweetened condensed milk. Place can on it's side in a large pot (so it doesn't bounce around and make annoying sounds while simmering for hours). Fill pot with water so that it comes 2 inches or more above the can. 
  2. Turn on the stove to high heat until the water comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to let it simmer for 2-3 hours depending on how dark you want your dulce de leche. I let mine simmer for 2 hours and 45 minutes. *make sure to keep checking your pot and adding water so that the cans are ALWAYS covered with water, apparently they can explode if not. 
  3. Remove cans from water carefully with tongs and place on a wire rack to let cool. Do not open them while they're hot, the caramel may spurt out because still hot. I refrigerated mine overnight to get a nice thick texture when spreading it into the pie. 

Pie

  1. Use a food processor or mortar and pestle to turn digestive biscuits into fine crumbs. Place in a medium bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over the stove on low heat. Pour butter into biscuit crumbs, 1/3 at a time while mixing until evenly distributed. 
  3. Press biscuit dough into a tart or pie pan between 9" to 11.5" in diameter. 
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm it up.
  5. Open dulce de leche and spread into the pie shell with a spatula or off set frosting knife.
  6. Cut bananas into even slices about 1 cm thick and place across the dulce de leche.
  7. Whip the whipping cream until thickened. Sweeten slightly if desired. I left mine plain because the dulce de leche and bananas are very sweet together so the cream helps balance the dessert.
  8. Spread on the whipped cream thickly with a spatula.
  9. Grate dark chocolate on top to amount desired. 

*Will keep in refrigerator for another day or two.