The pie was the inspiration of own and chef of The Hungry Monk Restaurant in Jevington, East Sussex, Nigel Mackenzie and Ian Dowding in 1971. The claim is that they came up with this recipe because of an unreliable American pie, "Blum's Coffee Toffee Pie." After trying several different fruits, they decided that banana was the winner! I guess you can figure out the name for this pie comes from combining Banana and Toffee.
Fir the bars I created today, I actually used Heath's Bit of Brittle Toffee Bits, instead of Dulce de Leche.
I used half in the batter and the remaining I sprinkled on top, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's my recipe.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 banana, mashed
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
3 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 bags Heath Bits of Brickle Toffee Bits
1 pkg Biscoff cookies (or you can use shortbread cookies) about 2 cups crushed
Preheat oven to 350F-dgrees. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan with baking spray. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, measure the brown sugar then while the mixer is running on low, add the melted butter. Beat for about 5 minutes so the sugar dissolves. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add the bananas and Vanilla extract and mix together. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low. Add one bag of toffee bits and 1 cup of cookie pieces to the batter. Remove from the stand and give the batter a stir with the rubber spatula to make sure everything is incorporated. Spread into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/2 bag of Toffee Bits and 1 cup Biscoff pieces on top. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Bars should pull away from side and when you test the center with a wooden skewer, it should come out clean.
I thought you all would get a kick out of one of our kitties, Clara. She loves boxes and couldn't help but crawl into this Priority box yesterday. Gotta love Cats<3 p="">