Banoffee Pielets

You don’t have to be bananas to love this pie — you just have to love a sweet and unique personal-size treat! We made the toffee filling in this classic English dessert extra indulgent by using our Dark Brown Sugar for a rich finish. Topped with sweet bananas and back-to-basics whipped cream, it’s absolutely irresistible.

Prep Time
30 minutes
30 minutes cooling time
2 hours chilling time
(preferably overnight)
Bake and Cook Time
8 to 10 minutes bake time
about 8 minutes cook time
pe hero - Two single-serving banoffee pies on white plates, one with a piece removed

4-inch tart pans (removable bottoms) x 8

Baking sheet

Scale or dry measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Liquid measuring cup

Food processor fitted with the blade attachment OR large resealable bag and rolling pin

Medium bowl

Heat-proof rubber spatula x 2

Wire cooling rack

Heavy bottomed saucepan (preferably nonstick)

Metal spoon

Small offset spatula

Sharp paring knife

Cutting board

Large bowl with hand mixer

Piping bag and round or star tip (optional)

8 - 4 inch pielets
For the pretzel crust:
  • 4½ cups (150 g) salted pretzels (see Chef’s Tips)
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup (151 g) butter, melted
For the toffee filling:
  • ⅓ cup (75 g) butter, cubed
  • ⅓ cup (72 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 cup + 3 tbsp (300 ml or 1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
For the topping:
  • 2 large bananas, firm but ripe
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp (16 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbsp (6 g) skim milk powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
Garnishes (optional):
  • Grated chocolate OR chocolate curls
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly grease the bottoms and sides of eight 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Place greased tart shells onto a baking sheet.

For the pretzel crust:

Step 1

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the 4½ cups of pretzels until the texture is like coarse sand (see Chef’s Tips). Remove 1¼ cups (150 g) of the pretzel crumbs. Either place the measured amount into a separate bowl or remove the excess crumbs (if there are any) from the food processor and place the measured amount back into the food processor bowl.

Step 2

Add in the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, mixing or pulsing a few times to evenly distribute the sugar throughout the crumbs. Drizzle in the melted butter and mix until the crumbs resemble wet sand (see Chef’s Tips). Divide the mixture (approximately ¼ cup / 35 grams of the pretzel mixture in each shell) evenly amongst the prepared tart shells.

Step 3

Press the crumbs evenly up the sides of the shell, and then with a flat-bottomed cup (e.g. ¼ cup measuring cup), press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the tin. Repeat process with the remaining tart shells. Place the baking sheet with the tart shells into the fridge to chill and resolidify the butter; 10 minutes.

Step 4

Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until tart shells are fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

For the toffee filling:

Step 1

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, preferably nonstick, combine butter, the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, and lemon juice. Place over medium heat and cook while continuously stirring with a heat-proof spatula until butter and brown sugar is completely melted. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir until mixture begins to darken in colour; about 3 minutes.

Step 2

Pour in the condensed milk. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring mixture over medium-low heat to prevent mixture from separating (see Chef’s Tips). Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or just until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not overcook, or the toffee layer will become too hard to slice when completely cooled.

Step 3

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Set aside to cool slightly, stirring every so often to prevent a skin from forming; 10 minutes.

Step 4

Equally divide the warm toffee into the completely cooled pie crusts; about 3 to 4 tablespoons per tart. If necessary, use a small offset spatula to smooth the surfaces. Place the baking sheet with the filled tart shells into the fridge to chill while preparing the topping.

For the topping:

Step 1

With a sharp knife, slice bananas into rounds, about ⅛- to ¼-inch thick.

Step 2

In a large, chilled bowl, add the cold, heavy cream. Using a hand mixer (see Chef’s Tips), whip the cream on low speed just until it begins to thicken. Increase speed to medium and whip to soft peaks.

Step 3

Sift in the Redpath® Icing Sugar and milk powder (if using), and add the vanilla extract. Whip mixture on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form; do not overmix.

To assemble:

Step 1

Layer banana slices over the chilled toffee layer of each mini pie. Pipe or dollop the whipped cream over the banana slices, ensuring the banana slices are completely covered, if they have not been tossed in lemon juice, to prevent bananas from oxidizing and turning brown.

Step 2

Place into the fridge to chill completely; at least 2 hours or overnight to allow flavours to meld and the filling to completely set.

Step 3

Serve as is, or garnish the whipped cream with a sprinkling of grated chocolate or chocolate curls, or dust the tops with cinnamon or cocoa powder. Store any leftover pielets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Four single-serving banoffee pies on a white platter shown with a bowl of toffee filling, a bowl of shaved chocolate, and sliced banana on a plate.