I have developed a newfound respect for all things U.K. lately, but most especially when it comes to food. The food traditions there date back much further than in the U.S., and it is fascinating to me how these recipes have been passed down for hundreds of years! One specific recipe that seemed really interesting is the Banoffee Pie. A Banana + Toffee Pie! I had heard of a Banoffee Pie, but never experienced one.In my research, I would compare this pie to an American Apple pie in terms of adaptations. There are vast variations, modifications and differences in recipes. Each family seems to have a preferred style and texture that often varies from the next!
Using a traditional base recipe, I simply modernized the look a bit by adding a (very American!) whipped cream swirl with sprinkles on top then drizzled in more caramel. I also used high-quality ingredients in my recipe, one of them being a Organic Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar from Tate + Lyle®.
This made a huge difference in the flavor of my toffee pie, and had everyone begging for more. Upon looking into it more, I discovered that Tate+Lyle® Sugars has graced Britain’s finest tables, including those of royalty, making it an integral part of England’s epicurean history for over 130 years.
So basically this means the Queen and I are friends right? Since we are eating the same sugar and all.
The final result of this dessert is nothing short of amazing. That rich buttery toffee filling paired with the buttery shortbread crust then covered in the light and airy whipped topping is phenomenal. I can completely understand why this dessert is so popular and has been for so long!
And something that I know is important to so many people is the value in quality of product. Tate+Lyle® Sugars are Fairtrade Certified, so your purchase means fair prices and opportunities for small scale sugar cane farmers to invest in their communities for a sustainable future. (Learn more about how Fairtrade makes a difference: http://goo.gl/Am8VfU)
We have such a huge focus on ‘farm to table’ and sourcing our ingredients here that finding this out about a British brand really makes me want to support them!
These delightful British sugars are available at Walmart. Watch for their new Tate+Lyle® Gourmet Flavored Beverage Syrups that are coming soon in Fall 2014 for brightening up coffee and tea time! Like their Facebook Page and join their email list for inspiring recipes and special offers from Tate+Lyle® Sugars. Now available at Walmart.
Just a note: If you are anything like me, you want to serve up a nice big slice of pie to your friends and family. I do not recommend that with this pie! Just a sliver will do! Anything bigger and you may have a few sugar comas on your hands.
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