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Banoffee Bars

Banoffee Bars Final 1 {Incase you missed it, come check out my Saturday Things I posted over the weekend!}

Hey guys! What’s up?

Oh really? That sounds fun.

What’s up with me you ask?

WELL, something sort of uber exciting….see these Banoffee Bars? They are going to make you fall in love with me. And if you feed them to someone else, they will magically make them fall in love with YOU! Honestly. I sent most of these over to Gord’s office last week and now every co-worker of him wants to marry me. Kinda makes the workplace a tad bit awkward. Oh well.

So Banoffee is typically made in pie form across the pond in ye old England. Pretend I just said that with a british accent.

Why am I going all English on you?

Well, The Real Housewives of New Jersey made me do it. And Bethenny. And Top Chef. {Ok, not really.} But, all these shows are on Bravo and there’s a new show starting this Wednesday at 10/9c called Around the World in 80 plates. Have you seen the commercials? Well, I got to see the first episode over the weekend and it’s basically like Top Chef meets The Amazing Race. Chefs are on teams and travel to different cities around the world doing food related challenges. Pretty cool concept and makes for great tv.

Their first stop is in England so I thought I’d make a sweet treat with a nice little nod to the motherland. Not my motherland. Other peoples motherlands. {–>I really just like saying motherland.}

I have a friend from England {hi Rob!} who used to be our neighbor back in Idaho. Him and his wife Erin have 2 little girls and we miss them so much! #bestneighborsever I remember one late night when we were playing cards with them {or were we watching shows on Hulu?} when they talked about a Banoffee Pie Erin made with shortbread, toffee, bananas and cream. Both of them raved about it. So, that’s what I thought of immediately when trying to come up with an English recipe. And ladies and gents, this is something to write home about. So easy to make and so creamy, decadent and delicious that you will blissfully fade into sweet sugar comas never wanting to wake again. Let’s make some!

Here’s how you do it: {don’t be surprised at how easy these are….only 8 ingredients needed!}

Banoffee Bars 1 Start by making the shortbread base. All this is is softened butter, sugar, flour and vanilla. Stir it up until a dough starts to come together…

Banoffee Bars 2 and press it into a greased 8×8 glass dish. Bake this for 10 minutes.

Banoffee Bars 3 After that, pour over a can of sweetened condensed milk and bake some more.

Banoffee Bars 4 Basically, you’re cooking the shortbread and turning the sweetened condensed milk into toffee in one fell swoop. Once you pull this out of the oven, everything should be pretty much set. Meaning not a whole lot of jiggle. Don’t worry if it looks ugly. Mine certainly did and everything turned out just fine. Take a breath. And set this aside to cool.

Banoffee Bars 5 Once the bars are at room temperature, remove them from the glass baking dish and add a layer of bananas

Banoffee Bars 6 and a whole lotta whipped cream! Mmmmm……

Banoffee Bars 7 Hello lover!

Banoffee Bars Final 2 Here’s one all gussied up, proving how utterly divine these truly are.

If you have a sweet tooth, these are your new best friend :) Now, wasn’t that easy?

This recipe will be posted along with a few other English recipes from other bloggers and I’d appreciate a ‘like’. Click HERE to like my photo! Thanks friends!

Here’s the printable:

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Banoffee Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1-2 whole ripe bananas
2 cups lightly sweetened whipped cream {about 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped}
caramel sauce for drizzling {optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 glass dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, flour and vanilla until dough forms. Press evenly into the bottom of prepared dish. Bake 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and gently pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over hot cookie base. Reduce oven temperature to 325 and bake 15-17 minutes more until milk darkens and turns into toffee. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. Using the foil or parchment, lift bars out of glass dish. Slice bananas and place over top of toffee. Spread whipped cream over top of bananas. Slice and refrigerate. When ready to serve, drizzle caramel sauce over top.

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38 Comments

  1. Oh my. You’ve really outdone yourself here! I’d think I’d sell an arm and a leg for one of these bad boys right about now.

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  2. I made some caramel shortbread bars yesterday that everyone loved. But these are a whole other level. The bananas and toffee…oh my. YUM!

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  3. Oh my goodness those look delightful! I’m def adding those to my recipe collection to try out! YUM! xoxo A-

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  4. Oh wow. These are easy! I’ll make them soon.

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  5. These look incredible! I totally want to try making them however they worry me. I’m worried that I might start eating them and not stop until every piece is gone.

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  6. Banoffee pie is something that I’ve always been scared to attempt but you just changed that! WOW!! AMAZING and it’s not complicated…thank you, Lauren!

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  7. Oh with the shortbread and the bananas and the whipped cream…you have me thinking about dessert before breakfast. Is there anyway I can mash one of these up and hide it in my breakfast away from my boyfriend’s grasp? Looks great, Lauren!

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  8. 8 ingredients?! Holy moly! I need to make these! Love that you make the toffee & crust at the same time-genius!

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    • Lauren — May 8th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      Thanks! I like to think I’m a genius….lol!

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  9. Oh my goodness I can’t wait to make these! Already printed the recipe. Banoffee pie is one of my favorite treats to make, but it’s so decadent that I only make it a couple of times a year. Maybe this can be my substitute? It’s all about portion control, right??

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  10. I saw this recipe this morning….had all the ingredients on hand and decided to give it a try! OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is AMAZING! And it is SO easy! (I kept re-reading the directions thinking it had to be more difficult! ) This recipe is a KEEPER!!! Thank you, Lauren! Your the best! :)

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  11. these look incredible!! i’ve never made (or even had!) banoffee and clearly I need to.get.on.that. stat! Gorgeous!

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  12. These bars look heavenly!! Need to watch that show, sounds so fun! Did you ever watch Chefs vs City on Food Network, not sure what happened to that, loved it!

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  13. These look amazing! And I haven’t heard of that show yet…but it sounds fantastic! I love travel shows like Amazing Race, and food (obvi).

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  14. Sounds delicious! I really like banoffee pies and I will try these bars very soon :)

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  15. This is one of my favorite pies – caramel, cream and banana together is heaven.

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  16. I had always heard of Banoffee pie but never knew what it was. Now that I know, I’m likely to gain at least 8 pounds – from making these bars at least 5 times this week. No hope of self-control with these bars 😉

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  17. I absolutely love banoffee pie, so I know I’ll like these bars! They look and sound so fabulous!

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  18. This is fantastic! My mind is reeling thinking of all the wonderful things I can make with this.

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  19. Cannot wait to try these! The flavor combinations appear divine…..

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  20. Shame on you. Your blog has me drooling (literally) at every turn while I sit here eating my millionth celery stick – no ranch dressing either. BIG sigh….

    I guess I will just have endure and dream about such lusciousness. Oh heck, I’m off to the kitchen for a creamy treat….

    Olivia

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  21. My kids are probably hunt you down, hug you, kiss you and ask to move in with you after they eat this!

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  22. I was so disappointed by the first episode of Around the World in 80 plates. I’ll probably give it another chance or two.. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Next Food Network Star.
    Your banoffee bars look amazing Lauren!

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  23. These turned out wonderful. I got compliments all over the place! So easy too!

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  24. Wow! I made these tonight and we all loved them! Easy, simple ingredients, and melt in your mouth delicious! Love your blog!

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