No-bake Banoffee pie with white chocolate mousse topping
The most delicious no-bake banoffee pie recipe with a cloudy white chocolate mousse topping and buttery cookie base is a showstopping dessert.
This is not the time to worry about your diet. This is the time to give in to this delectable Banoffee pie. Indulgence on a plate, that’s what I like to call it. And you know what? Sometimes we need that? Sometimes you had a crappy week and all you need is a piece of pie to make it all better and yes that’s called emotional eating but so bloody what? If you can’t even allow yourself to be comforted by a piece of pie, what is this world coming to?
So here’s the deal with this banoffee pie recipe: You push your fork through a cloudy layer of white chocolate mousse before reaching the bananas covered in gooey caramel. You then reach a thick layer of buttery, slightly-salty crumbs before lifting the fork to your mouth and experiencing true bliss. I mean, who could say no to this? Traditionally a banoffee pie is topped with whipped cream but I wanted to amp it up a little and thought that a light-as-air layer of white chocolate mousse would take this banoffee pie from good to fan-frickin-tastic. Yes, it requires a little more work but seriously, it is so worth it.
The base is made with Tennis biscuits (coconut-flavoured tea cookies) which are a South African favourite but you could use any cookie you want. Good ol’ Graham crackers would be perfect here. I mixed the crushed cookies with salted butter instead of the preferred unsalted because I wanted a bit of salt in this pie. It offsets the sweetness from the white chocolate mousse and caramel filling perfectly while also enhancing all the layers perfectly. And that’s it.
Yes, there are a few steps you need to go through to get this pie done but I promise you it won’t take you that long and the end result is so worth it. Plus, it’s weekend so you have a little extra time to potter around your kitchen and play domestic goddess/god. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I still have a piece of pie left in the fridge and I better go grab it before one of the kids or C gets a hold of it. Happy weekend!
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 2 egg whites
- 75g white chocolate, melted
- 1 cup whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
- 4 cups (approx 400g cookies) cookie crumbs
- ½ cup salted butter, melted
- 1x 400g can dulce de leche/caramel treat
- 250ml whipping cream
- juice of ½ lemon
- 3 large bananas, sliced
- dark chocolate, grated
- To make the white chocolate mousse, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cook for 5 minutes until the mixture is syrupy.
- While the syrup is boiling, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Pour the hot syrup into the egg whites in a thin, steady stream whilst continuously whisking until the mixture is thick and glossy.
- Pour in the white chocolate and whisk well then fold in the whipped cream.
- Transfer the mousse to a piping bag fitted with your desired nozzle and place in the fridge to chill.
- To make the base, combine the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and press into the base of a +- 20cm loose-bottomed cake pan.
- Place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
- To make the filling, whisk the cream until thick then whip in the caramel and lemon juice.
- When the base has set, slice the bananas and place them into the prepared base. Pour over the filling and place in the fridge to set for 1 hour.
- When 1 hour has passed, pipe the chocolate mousse onto the pie and place back in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours but preferably over night.
- When you are ready to serve, grate over a little dark chocolate and slice.