Introducing: The Banoffee Cuppie
By day four I was inspired to do some baking. I decided I’d make some use of the kitchen in the flat once more. The only thing standing in my way was the lack of (real) oven and some baking utensils. One of the really awesome things about Highbury-Islington is all the ways you can dispense your dollars. I decided that I would head on over to Gill Wing Cookshop on Upper Street and fill my void. There I picked up a French whisk and small cupcake pan along with some beautiful cupcake papers that had assorted patterns and floral designs. It was quite the inspiring container.
What to bake…I suddenly had this genius idea to make banoffee cuppies. What could be more English? I had yet to run into any banoffee pies in the last couple of days and it’s the one type of pie that doesn’t require actual baking. Not to mention the ingredients are simple and inexpensive. (PeanutPimpMama likes that.)
I started with some McVitie’s digestives. (Don’t even get me going on sweet biscuits!? These get a pass since they have grains in them.) I picked the chocolate backed ones because, why not? The truth is I’ve always had a major weakness for these and I can plow through a pack like a total monster. I found a tidy way to smash them up in a plastic bag and stirred the crumbs with melted butter in a small pot.
I then lined my cupcake tray with my new found decorative wrappers and smushed this mix into the little compartments. Within a half an hour I had mini floral papered pie crusts. I let those sit in the fridge while I worked on the cuppie filling.
The caramel: I never realized how easy this would be! I literally poured the condensed milk into a small pot with brown sugar to create this magnificent sauce. It caramelizes and you stir in banana bits and voila. C’est tout!
Mmm Cream-A-Licious caramel.
Oh yeah, just like that…
This part is not rocket ship science… The mix above was poured into my McVitie’s biscuit crusts which were patiently awaiting my attention in the fridge.
Oh la la! Don’t you just want to jump in there and make whip-cream angels??
Basically my recipe only yielded enough cuppies that would equate to one pie. I guess I had about ten of them in the end. I had one (of course) Then I gave a couple to the Airbnb host Ziya for being such a doll. Lastly I took a couple on the road with me to my next destination, The Blakes in Chelsea. My taxi driver really seemed to enjoy his “tip” of Banoffee cuppie and his PeanutPimpMama business card. I told him he could get more where that came from! One by one I shed Banoffee cuppies here and there for the next couple of days… I would say they were a major success.
(PeanutPimpMama Cuppies: The British Addition)