banoffee pie


i don't like a lot of banana flavored foods.  i like bananas on their own but i'm always skeptical of recipes involving bananas.  that's why i was hesitant to even take a bite of banoffee pie.  but once i did, i was hooked and i had to go back for seconds.  if you don't like bananas in recipes too, this will be the pie that converts you.
> Ingredients:
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 premade graham cracker pie crust
(To make the crust from scratch you will need 1 package of graham crackers, crushed, and 1 stick of butter, melted.)
3 bananas, sliced
1 can of extra creamy Reddi-Wip whipped topping or Cool Whip
(To make the whipped cream from scratch you will need 2 cups of whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla.)
1 bar of chocolate, grated (optional)
(I forgot to buy a bar of chocolate so I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for a topping instead.)

> Directions:
- Boil a pot of water.
- Remove the label off the condensed milk can and immerse it in the boiling water.  Boil the tin for 2 to 2.5 hours.  (The longer you boil it, the darker and thicker the toffee will be.) NOTE: Make sure the tin is FULLY immersed in the water; otherwise the tin will explode.  So check back every ten to fifteen minutes to replenish the water.  Once this step is done; remove the pot from heat and let the can cool down.  (This step can be done days ahead of time.)
- If you want to make the base from scratch; you need to crush the graham crackers and mix with the melted butter.  Press the crust onto your pie pan, make sure there are no holes, and chill until needed.
- Spread the toffee over the crust with a spatula.
- Arrange the sliced bananas on top.
- If you want to make the whipped cream from scratch, you will need to whip the cold whipping cream and vanilla on high until whipped.
- Before serving, add whipping cream on top and finally those chocolate gratings.  (I just arranged some chocolate chips on top instead.)

You can go ahead and boil 3 or 4 cans of sweetened condensed milk all at once.  Even though you will only use one can per pie; you never know when you'll get the craving again and won't want to wait two hours for toffee to be made!

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