Banoffee Pie from the set of Outlander on Starz

Outlander Kitchen's Banoffee Pie

It started with a few tweets and a couple of pictures.

Soon, it had ballooned into a full-blown Banoffee Pie obsession that quickly spread from the cast & crew in the UK to those of us following along on the other side of the pond.


"What is Banoffee?" people were asking.

Most of the answer is in the name...bananas and toffee.  Add a cookie/biscuit crust and some whipped cream on top, and you have a dessert for the ages.  Or maybe Thanksgiving this Thursday?



The toffee in a banoffee is actually dulce de leche, aka caramelized condensed milk.  I've been making dulce in the slow cooker for years, but that takes the better part of a day, including cooling time.

My decision to make a pie was rather last minute, so I cut the time to less than half by making it on the stove top.  Alternatively, there are even faster methods than simmering it in the can.  Check out 8 Ways to Make Dulce De Leche.

Or, you could always just buy a jar at a specialty/high-end grocery store.


Next is the crust, usually made from crushed digestive biscuits and some melted butter.  I didn't have any biscuits in the house, but I do have Mrs. Graham's recipe for digestives, so I made (roughly) half a batch of dough, pressed that into the pan and baked it until crisp.

I was in the kitchen watching my dulce boil away, so making the cookie crust this way was no bother at all.  However, if you're looking for a less-labour instensive crust, you can crush cookies in your food processor, then mix in enough melted butter so that it holds together in the pan.  No baking required.

Of course, if you're really in a hurry, there are always those pre-made graham cracker crusts.  Your Outlander Kitchen is full of're in charge!

Banoffee Pie

Once those two components are made, all there is left to do is slice some bananas, whip some cream, grate a little chocolate, and then put it all together.

As My Englishman is fond of saying, "Easy peasy, fresh and squeezy!"

<Sigh.>  Even after twenty years, that accent gets me every time.  No matter what comes out of his mouth.

But that's enough about my relationship.  Go make yourself some pie.  My recipe is below.

banoffee pie

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25 Nov 2013 - 1:49pm

Pam Rutter

Your Banoffee Pie is so beautiful!! I can't wait to try it again using your recipe and methods. And you made yours so pretty...I didn't make the bananas pretty because I didn't even think of that! Your whipped cream is gorgeous on top...again mine was just piled on top! But I am most excited to try your dulce de leche method because yours uses a lot less sugar! nnYou make cooking and baking fun! Your pictures are fabulous too!

Shelly Fleschute

Thank you so much for this recipe! It was a major hit in our household. I think I am going to mix it up next time and try a Banoffee Trifle with the same components! YUM!

25 Nov 2013 - 2:11pm


Beautiful!!! This just might make an appearance at my Thanksgiving table. Thanks!

25 Nov 2013 - 2:49pm

April Steele

Looks and sounds delicious! I think I actually have all of the supplies on hand... I am guessing if I make the dulce de leche and crust on Tuesday, I could let it set up in the fridge and then add the bananas and whipped cream on Wednesday so we can eat it for dessert on Thanksgiving? Perhaps I will just buy a packet of Digestives at the store if I am back in there. The manager lady at the local supermarket is counting how many times I pop in there this week. I was in there Friday, and twice on Saturday. I almost went back on Sunday morning for more cupcake liners...but as I knew they didn't have any that suited my fancy, I tried the dollar store and was successful.


Your plan to make it ahead of time then finish just before is a great one, April! As long as the sliced bananas are covered with whipped cream, they won't go brown. Happy Thanksgiving!

April Steele

Thanks! Dulce de Leche in the pressure came out PERFECTLY at 50 mins...though for the size of the pie plate I applied my crumb crust (I did the Digestives in my food processor) to, it seems a bit low in volume... I am now making up the second can I had in reserve so that it won't be so thin. May not use all of the second can, though.


If there's any leftovers in that can, keep them in a small covered bowl. Wonderful spread on apple slices!

25 Nov 2013 - 2:50pm


sounds so yummy!!!

25 Nov 2013 - 3:03pm


Thank you! How is banoffee pronounced, please? I will try this for Thanksgiving for something different. I will let you know my results!


It's a combination of banana and toffee...ban-offee. :)

25 Nov 2013 - 3:15pm


Oh my! Now I know what all the twittering was about! Thank you for sharing.


I know your version will be beautiful when and if you make this, Aaron!

25 Nov 2013 - 4:22pm


Awesome recipe. Can't wait to make it! Thanks Theresa.

25 Nov 2013 - 5:03pm

Christiane ~ T…

I missed this when you first posted it, even though I'm following you via Bloglovin'. Don't know how that happened because this is definitely not a dessert I would want to miss! It looks amazing.

25 Nov 2013 - 5:18pm

Carol Mackey

Sounds great, Theresa. It's nice to know what Dulce de Leche is, I feel like a dunce for not knowing at my age, and me working on the Greats! When I was young (and the world was new :)), I remember hearing a tale about the Sisters baking cans of condensed milk for dessert; now I know why! lol! Thanks a 'bunch.' <3


Glad you learned something today, Carol! I count everyday a success whenever I learn something new. ;)

25 Nov 2013 - 5:28pm

Rachel Ridge F…

Don't you have to use sweetened condensed milk? Anyway, I'm glad I can just go to the store here in Tucson and buy dulce de leche in the can!


There is no such thing as unsweetened condensed milk in North America...are you perhaps thinking of canned evaporated milk? That has no sugar.

25 Nov 2013 - 6:36pm


A friend made this for a potluck last Friday, and it was DELISH. When she made her whipped cream, she kept the sugar WAAAAY down, because she felt that the dulce de leche was more than sweet enough. It was all just so good!


I sweetened my cream, but your friend's idea is good too!

April Steele

I never put much sugar in my whipped cream as it is almost always going on something sweet.


To each their own - I thought the amount I used was perfect!

25 Nov 2013 - 8:11pm

Jennifer Lawson

I'm allergic to bananas. What would be a good non-fruit alternative? Or should I just skip them?


How about sliced baked apples? That's the first thing that comes to mind.


If you don't like or can't eat fruit, they make something similar in Argentina with brownie for the crust then Dulce de Leche topped with meringue. I use a big springform cake pan. It's yummy!

25 Nov 2013 - 8:39pm


Wondering if a chocolate crust would work flavor wise? And would you use chocolate graham crackers for that?


Lots of people have talked about trying chocolate cookies, Nellie! Give it a go -- if the graham wafers are coated in chocolate, I wouldn`t use those...I`d use a chocolate wafer cookie, like an Oreo (without the filling)

26 Nov 2013 - 2:19am


It's been awhile since I tried an OK recipe...this one (assuming I don't mess it up!) will be on my thanksgiving table.


It's hard to mess up, Shari! I hope you and the family enjoy it! Oh, and Happy Hannukah while I'm talking to you. :)

26 Nov 2013 - 2:40am


Thanks for posting this must-have recipe. I've been Googling Banoffee pie for weeks. I'm so glad to have the definitive OK version in my arsenal.


I took a little bit from a few different recipes, and combined them to make the "definitive" OK version!

27 Nov 2013 - 3:22pm


I'm Argentinian and I can't believe I just found a "banana con dulce de leche" pie on Outlander Kitchen!!!!!! It totally made my morning!!nI love that you name the "dulce" correctly and the way to make it from scratch. But most of all I love the recipe.nYou and your blog are freakin' awesome!!!!


Thank you Mariana! I've been a lover of dulce de leche for many years...yum.

27 Nov 2013 - 6:38pm

Mona Oge

I think I have seen a Dulce de Leche in a can while walking down the Mexican food aisle in San Diego. Any suggestions on a brand?


We're not lucky enough to have any on the little island I live on, Mona, so I can't help, I'm afraid. Maybe check the ingredients and pick the "purest" of them?

02 Dec 2013 - 7:00pm


I've been a long time follower of this site, but this was the first recipe I tried. So SO! good. My guy loves banana cream pie, and I don't, so I thought I'd give this a go. He declared it his new favorite, and I like it as well, so it was a big hit at our place. My version of "simmering" was much too low to make the dulce de leche. At 4 hours, my boyfriend took over and basically boiled the can. That did the trick!


Glad to hear you both liked it, Sarah!

05 Dec 2013 - 12:00pm

Highland Chris…

idea for this project took seed while I was visiting my friend Lori in Louisiana. We found a set of barnyard animal cookie cutters on my last day in Baton Rouge, and

05 Dec 2013 - 4:27pm

Linda Canfield

A wonderful Thanksgiving dessert, used the crock pot method @ 8 hours, Will cut back to 7.5 next time, adding chopped peanuts, more chocolate and eliminating the banana - Snickers pie?nThanks for visiting Baton Rouge!

24 May 2014 - 2:26pm


Sounds yummy but not being a fan of the noble banana, wonder if this would work with sliced apples or pears?


I've thought about pears for this, Connie...I think they would be delicious!

24 May 2014 - 2:29pm


we can now buy eagle brand dulce de leche already made it even comes in chocolate


Yes, as I mentioned in the post above, DDL can also be found ready made. Enjoy!

24 May 2014 - 2:38pm


I have made dulce de leche using the crock pot method before without opening the can. I found it have a uneven result inside. However, I also found a recipe where you fill a few mason jars or lots of very small mason jars with the milk and let it go in the crock pot. I found this to be the best result so the third time I made it I added good quality cinnamon and a shot of verra fine aged scotch. It made the most amazing dark yummy dulce! All it took was a whisk and about 5 min to fully incorporate it. My friends raved about their Christmas presents and took to eating it with a spoon. I imagine it would be delightful in this application. Let me know if you try it. Oh and the mini mason jars seal themselves as they cool so they last a bit longer in the fridge than the regular recipe.

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