Our Scottish friend Steve spent his 30th birthday in Austin with us, and we celebrated with this banoffee pie. It has a lot of steps, from making caramel, baking the hazelnut crust, slicing bananas, and making whipped cream, but it is decadent and worthy of a special celebration.
I made my grandmother’s coconut cream pie recipe successfully for years, and then all of a sudden it stopped working for me. I had moved, so my kitchen tools and the environment were different, and that’s the only reason I could think of that my tried-and-true recipe no longer worked. Seeking a substitute, I found success with this recipe from Food & Wine.
I made this pie for Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house one year. There are a lot of elements to preparing this pie, but it’s definitely worth the work. Layer peppermint ice cream and a chocolate-cookie crumble in a cookie crust, and top with chocolate truffle sauce.