book club uncensored…and banoffee pie recipe

This afternoon we had our monthly book club meeting! Yay book club! Yay excuse to eat pie, drink coffee and champagne, and gossip about fashion, boys, books, babies and blogs. Really, what’s not to love?

We talked about Room, which we all loved. I didn’t think I would like it very much, especially after reading another equally depressing book, but surprisingly I really found myself loving the plot and the characters. Especially Jack! Oh, Jack. If you haven’t read Room, you must!

However, the best part of today’s meeting was not the book. No, it was the PIE that Korina made!

More pie? Yes! More pie! Hers was better than mine, too. Like…way better.

Gooey caramel + bananas + whipped cream + sea salt brown sugar > raspberries

I just can’t win….but I.keep.on.trying!

Another exciting feature of today’s meeting was the highlighting of Ashley’s hair. And having her lead our discussion with foils all over her head, a crying baby in her arms and a plate of pie next to her. The woman can multitask! She’s such a mom sometimes.

I also rediscovered my love for the kryptonite below. Oh french vanilla nestle coffee mate, where have you been all my life? I just want to bathe in your sweet, artificially flavored vanilla bean glory. I want to drizzle you in my freshly ground French roast and sip and savor each little drop of caffeine-induced sweetness.

If you’re wondering, it’s 7:04 on Saturday night and I’m at home baking dough balls. Where else would I be? Maybe you should just go make this pie, drink four cups of coffee with french vanilla creamer and then we can talk.


Banoffee Pie

makes 1 pie

Print this recipe!


1/2 recipe flaky pie dough (or pre-made pie crust of your choice)

1 can sweetened condensed milk

3 ripe bananas

1 pint heavy cream, whipped with 4 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp brown sugar + 1 tsp sea salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out pie dough and place in a greased pie dish. Crimp sides and prick crust all over with a fork. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove and let cool.

Place can of condensed milk in a small saucepot, fill with water, cover and boil for two and a half hours. Set a timer!

After can is finished boiling, set aside to cool completely before handling.

Slice bananas and place all over bottom of pie crust. Carefully open the condensed milk can and pour toffee all over bananas. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with brown sugar and sea salt mixture. Serve pie immediately or place in the fridge until serving.


4 hours (includes time to make toffee and pie dough)


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  • Katrina
    September 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I love a good banoffee pie. I have a similar recipe on my blog. A British mate helped me with it when I was in Switzerland. Lovely dessert!

  • jenna k
    September 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    my mom always makes this for my sister’s birthday. we love it!

  • Melanie
    September 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Oh it’s been years since I had that creamer in my coffee and I remember it fondly. Would send be right back to college days if I drank it now! I love pie and I want this one. Yum!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    You had me at caramel.

  • Amy
    September 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I just love Coffeemate. And coffee. And pie. And girlfriend time.

  • Blaire
    September 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    That coffeemate is amazing and I love it as well! Your raspberry pie looks awesome!

  • B n B
    September 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve bought the Coffeemate in dry powder, never the milk form. Will look for that. Is that Karina’s homemade recipe?

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried banoffee pie before! Sounds fab 🙂

  • Kristie
    September 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Yay for Korina and her yummy pie making skills! 🙂

  • elise
    September 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    honestly, i never knew what kiera knightly’s character was saying in love actually until just now…i knew she was offering some sort of pastry but her accent and my lack of pie knowledge left me clueless. now i know!!!!!

    • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
      September 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

      I alllways think of love actually when I hear “banoffee pie” – and it took me a while to figure out what she was saying, too!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I chug that creamer like it’s my job. I kid you not…I have 1 open and 2 as backups in my fridge at ALL TIMES. That stuff IS my kryptonite. Seriously…I have posted about my love of coffee and that coffee creamer so many times. I love it that you love it too 🙂

    Being a mom IS all about multitasking…I love the picture you paint of Ashley…I think all moms can relate to that feeling.

    What a great girls night for you!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    September 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Sounds delicious! I love reading about your book club, a little envious too.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    P.S. regarding the recipe…let me make sure I have this straight….

    You put the can of sweetened condensed milk in a kettle on the stovetop with some water in it? like 1 inch for a “water bath”? Or submerge it fully so it’s just floating in there? Then you cover, and boil for 2.5 hours…is it a soft and gentle boil or a rapid boil?

    Sorry for the questions but this sounds soooo good and I dont want to explode a can of sweetened condensed milk everywhere or have some freak accident!

    • jenna
      September 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      yes!!!! sounds crazy…but true! a rapid boil is fine. It won’t explode!

      • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
        September 18, 2011 at 3:45 am

        Yes it does sound crazy but hey, crazy is good. And this recipe sounds…divine!

        I am all over this one 🙂

        Thanks, Jenna!

  • korina
    September 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I left my can uncovered in the pot, just to make sure it didn’t boil over, but I honestly don’t think it makes a difference, as long as you keep an eye on it. Also, you can put it in your slow cooker (keep in mind it will take in the upwards of 3-4 hours on high) if that feels safer to you, the longer it boils the thicker the caramel will be. I love you Jenna….and our book club!

  • Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food
    September 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    O – M – G. Banoffee is like my favorite pie in the whole world. I’d love to have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

    Oh, and I boil the can in a pressure cooker for about an hour. Works fine 🙂

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love
    September 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I am making this pie!!!! I made a pear tart for my husband today but Karina’s pie > pear tart!!!

  • Hannah
    September 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I might have to side with the Bannoffee Pie this once, but only because bananas still cost $3.50 each in Australia and so I haven’t eaten one in almost a year. Normally, though, I’d vote for your raspberry creation 😛

  • Khushboo
    September 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Ok I need to faceplant that banoffee!

  • Molly
    September 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    my grandparents would love that pie! I will definitely be making it for them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jaclyn
    September 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Haven’t read ROOM yet… haven’t quite brought myself to. I LOVE my new Kindle thougha nd because of it, I have been reading a lot more *non blogs* lately! It’s on my list…. I’m just… working my way there ha!

    Maybe you need pie after a book like that?!

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    September 18, 2011 at 2:32 am

    If you think the vanilla is good, you should try the hazelnut! mmmmmmmmmm artificial creamer..

  • Kristin
    September 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Oh gosh, I can’t even tell you how much I miss this coffee creamer! For some reason it just doesn’t exist in England. Enjoy a cup for me!

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement
    September 18, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Agree with Brittany above….artificial creamer is delicious and causes me to drink 10 times as much coffee as I should.

    Love the modern book club with the Kindle. So techy.

  • Christena
    September 18, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Pie looks excellent! I wish I could find a book club in my area….or find enough interested people to start one.

    Confession: I didn’t like Room! My tastes are different from everyone else’s, I suppose. I got tired of the POV a few chapters in. I did read the whole thing, and there were some good parts, but to me it was depressing.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    September 18, 2011 at 6:27 am

    This sounds so good!

  • Kristin
    September 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I’m not really a “pie” person but this one sounds amazing! Thoughts on a graham cracker crust instead of regular one?? It’s usually the crust of the pie that turns me away (maybe I’m crazy….)

    • RJ
      September 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

      I was thinking graham craker crust too!

  • annette
    September 18, 2011 at 6:47 am

    we call creamer “liquid crack” around here! I have managed to wean myself down to one cup of coffee a day…first thing in the morning…hot and sweet. All other coffee consumed after that is with a double shot of milk (needless to say, I rarely drink a second cup!)

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    September 18, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I loveeee this combo (although I love banana anything). I can’t wait to make this. I’m dying to start making pies now that it’s getting cooler out!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Hilarious post Jenna! That looks delish.

  • Leah
    September 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Jenna – what is y’alls next book? Going to try to keep up with your book club!

    • jenna
      September 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

      awesome! next time we are reading “The Midwife’s Confession” by Diane Chamberlain!

  • Erika - The Teenage Taste
    September 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

    OK, now I really, really want to start a book club and make homemade dessert a neccesity for every meeting. Seriously, Banoffee pie?! FABULOUS! 😀

  • Cait's Plate
    September 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I’ve never even heard of banoffee pie – but I am already on board with it!! It sounds DELICIOUS.

  • jillian bean
    September 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I was eating black bean brownies-used chocolate with orange peel instead of choc chips, and coconut oil instead of butter. Heaven. Esp with ice cream. You should try choc almond milk in your coffee…creamy and delicious! Love your blog!

  • Alejandra @ Mouthfuls and Morsels
    September 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

    This sounds like such an awesome book club!! I need to join one pronto! (with people that love to bake of course 😉

  • Kati @ The Ivey League
    September 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I have ripe bananas who are now calling out to be made into this pie! 🙂

  • Jill
    September 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Room was a terrific book. Far more than a book, I was mesmerized by her writing and style.

  • Mandi
    September 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I’m always open for more pie recipes! I’m still dying to make the rasberry one 🙂 Thanks!

  • amy
    September 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Do you think you could cook the toffee the day before and leave it out over night? I’d love to make this, but can rarely be in my kitchen for 4 hours in a row.

  • Jen
    September 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Just dropping in to thank you for the recommendation of The Soldier’s Wife. I picked it up at the airport on our way to our cruise last weekend and absolutely loved it! Now I’m making my way through A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay (author of Sarah’s Key)…not loving it as much as Sarah’s Key but it’s not bad.

  • Yeidy (jaydee)
    September 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Hi- this would be great for singles small group – but I read it a couple of times and missed the tofee making part. Do I purchase tofee or make it?
    I did not see on the recipe.
    BTW just so you have “closure” on the 35 people ronald mcdonald serve, we bought chicken from el pollo loco pre made and made pioneer womans mac n cheese at the house, that way we cooked a casserole item and catered the meat part.

  • Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl
    September 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Oh goodness, Banoffee Pie is SO yummy! When my sister lived in Ireland she made it all of the time, and she brought the recipe back home–DELICIOUS! Now my tummy is rumbling… 🙂

    I want to be in a book club SO bad! What would be better than chatting about books and eating yummy food?!

  • Lindsay @ biking before bed
    September 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Have you ever had the dulce de leche creamer. That one is heavenly. I think it would be delicious with this pie.

  • Baking Serendipity
    September 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Love book clubs 🙂 Mine has never had a pie themed evening. Clearly, must do. Your raspberry and this banana pie both look fantastic!

  • Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog
    September 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I have never tried banoffe pie before. It sounds delicious! 🙂

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    September 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

    hahahahah…seriously one or your funniest posts.

  • Julien
    September 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I’m a little tired of watching you pimp out your friend’s blog. But I guess you lost me long ago when you stopped posting about what I care about. This blog is so far from the “eat, live, run” that I used to love that I should really stop checking back anymore. It just makes me sad.

  • Miller
    September 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I tried making this today, and just want to say it is VERY important to make sure water completely covers the can of sweetened condensed milk – keep checking on it and add more water if you need to! Mine exploded. Luckily I wasn’t in the kitchen when it happened, but I currently have bits of toffee all over my floor, counters, ceiling, and walls. There is even toffee on stuff in the next room, almost 20 feet away. So yeah, be careful, it WILL explode!

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