Banoffee Pie

Banoffee is a weakness of mine, I manage to resist, just about, for most of the year because I am trying to eat less sugar and no gluten. You only have a birthday once a year though and boy, did I make the most of that excuse this year. I mentioned before that the savoury crown went to the Brioche Couronne; well, the sweet crown went to this Banoffee Pie. The stakes were high in the sweet department, it was competeing with a berry layer cake, spiced pumpkin patch cake, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, s’mores brownies and sour cream strawberry ice cream (recipes to follow).  It won fairly and squarely though, everyone kept saying how good it was and requesting the receipe. I feel some what cheated when it comes to this banoffee pie, it goes against a lot of my ‘home made is best’ principles but it was just too good not to share the recipe; even if you do have to buy digestive biscuits to make the base and use condensed milk to make the caramel/toffee. A word of warning, to make the caramel you need to boil the tins of condensed milk for 2.5 hours, factor this into you preparation time! Or, do it the day/weekend before.

 

Banoffee slice

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A Homemade Life or Ten things I love about Orangette

This post is a little different, it is a kind of a big deal to me and takes the form of a book review/confession of love about how much I adore Molly Wizenberg and her blog Orangette. That may sound creepy, especially so reading it back, but I just can’t help it, I’ve enjoyed reading her blog so much since I found it a few months ago and the first recipe I made from it was Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup. From that moment on I knew that the blog and I were friends for life because that soup is just phenomenally delicious and comforting. I sensed Molly and I had very similar attitudes towards food and tastes and I promptly bought her first memoir/life-through-recipes-book ‘A Homemade Life’ and managed some how to save reading it until my holiday last month. Continue reading

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Flavour of the moment: Toffee. The stickier the better. (And dates, I just adore them, nature’s sweets).

Book of the day/future blog post: Homemade Life: Stories from my kitchen table. – Molly Wizenberg. I’ve finally got my hands on this book and whilst on my holiday will be reading it. Molly Wizenberg is the creator of Orangette, one of my favourite food blogs. I cannot wait to have read it and do a post on all my favourite Orangette recipes, recipes I want to try and of course a little about the book. I am anticipating severe life envy.

On Wednesday I made a belated Valentine’s dinner for my lovely man. The main course was delicious and I promise to blog about it soon (it was so good in fact we are going to make it for my grandparents next week). However, dessert is always the highlight of a meal for me and this was no exception. This is a recipe from a friend of mine (her sister to be precise) and is an old fool proof favourite. I sadly don’t know where the recipe originated from, if you happen to know where this recipe is from please let me know because I would love to credit the owner/creator. Continue reading