Banoffee Pie

It really annoys me when people say things like, ‘I really can’t cook’. Anyone can cook, they just have to try. There are plenty of tasty meals and treats that require minimum effort for maximum taste, Banoffee pie is one of these.

To start with, you need a biscuit base. You can use digestives, but I prefer the humble ginger nut biscuit as it adds a little more bite. Put a packet of the biscuits into a food bag and beat them to death, they will soon resemble bread crumbs. Melt around 100g butter, mix this in with the breadcrumb biscuits and press into the bottom of your dish. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Now, you need the caramel filling. If you are in a hurry, use Carnation Caramel, all ready for you to go. Alternatively, boil a can of condensed milk in water for around an hour, it will become delicious caramel! Spread the caramel onto your biscuit base, then add sliced bananas. Ripe bananas are best.

Now, whip your double cream. I like to add a teaspoon of vanilla essence and around 25g icing sugar. Spread the cream onto your caramel/banana base. I like to add some cadbury flake on top of the cream for extra flavour and decoration.

You can make one big banoffee pie, or individual smaller ones. It is a simple, but tasty desert, that is sure to satisfy everyone that eats it.

Sticky Toffee Cupcakes

If you love Sticky Toffee Pudding then these cupcakes will be just your thing. They are deeply satisfying and any caramel lover will adore them.

Ingredients

  • 200g pitted dates, chopped
  • 180ml boiling water
  • 80g butter
  • 150g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 180g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1tbsp caramel (Carnation Caramel or Dulce De Leche)

And then for the frosting

  • 160g butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 50ml whole milk
  • 100g caramel
  • Mini fudge to decorate

Method

  1. Put the chopped dates in a bowl with the boiling water and leave to soak for 30 minutes
  2. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line your muffin tin, this makes around 14 cupcakes
  3. Beat the butter and sugar and then add the eggs one at a time and beat
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and vanilla essence
  5. Pour in the date and water mixture
  6. Beat until smooth and add a tablespoon of caramel
  7. Fill your cake cases and bake for 20 minutes
  8. Allow to cool whilst you make your frosting
  9. Beat your butter and icing sugar, add the milk and then the caramel and beat until smooth and icing like
  10. Spread on to your cakes and decorate with mini fudge pieces
  11. Eat and enjoy comments from your friends/colleagues