Salted Chocolate Banoffee Pie

Sometimes when I’m making a sandwich, I think of my dad.

When I was in high school, my dad would help make me little breakfast sandwiches to eat in the car, or he would help make my lunch. And he would make the sandwiches the same way I make sandwiches now: carefully, evenly spreading whatever spread or condiment is being used, making sure that all four corners of each sandwich bread is covered evenly.

Sometimes when I catch myself looking at a little post-it note in my purse, where I jotted down a quick list of to-do’s (maybe a grocery list, or a list of errands I need to attend to for the weekend), I think of my dad. I see an image of him quickly glancing down at a little a scrap of paper in his pocket. He’s a list-maker, too.

And sometimes, actually most of the time, whenever I eat gelato, I think of my dad, too. When we went to Italy a few years ago, we ate gelato every single day. My mom took one of my favorite photos ever: me and my dad eating gelato, side by side, grinning and looking satisfied. You can see it in this older blog post I wrote for Father’s Day, where I also said that desserts made with bananas make me think of my dad, as well.

This is the first time I made Banoffee Pie, and I virtually dedicate it to my dad. Right now we’re continents apart, but because we are so alike, and because he is my dad, I just know that he’d love to have a slice (or two).

Banoffee Pie is traditionally made with crushed biscuits, sticky toffee (or dulce de leche), bananas, and whipped cream. But this recipe is extra special, because it has an added layer of salted chocolate ganache. Extra special, just like my dad.

Salted Chocolate Banoffee Pie



1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (13 oz) can dulce de leche
3 bananas
3 cups whipped cream (from approximately 1 1/2 cups heavy cream)
4 oz dark chocolate with sea salt (I used Lindt A Touch of Sea Salt Bar; you can also just use plain dark chocolate plus 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt) plus 2 more oz, chopped, for topping
1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Make the crust. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Using the back of a large spoon, press crumb mixture firmly on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake crust 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven to cool.
  3. Make the ganache. Combine 1/2 cup heavy cream and 4 oz dark chocolate with sea salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 2 minutes then whisk together until smooth and glossy. (You can also make ganache the traditional way - by heating the cream over medium heat until right before boiling, then pouring on top of chocolate, letting it sit, then whisking together). Pour ganache onto pie crust, and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the ganache sets or firms up a little.
  4. Pour dulce de leche over ganache and spread evenly. Slice the bananas and place on a single layer on top of the caramel. Whip the cream and spoon it on top of the pie. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped chocolate.  Cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour or so before serving.

When I sliced into this Salted Chocolate Banoffee Pie, I realized that underbaked the crust a little and it didn’t set properly.  One of my favorite things about pie is the crust, and as I scraped off the extra graham cracker bits from the plate and topped my pie with it, I thought of my dad, again. He likes pie crust a lot, too. I really am my father’s daughter, and I couldn’t be happier. He is my idol, my hero, and my number one banana dessert companion.

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! I love you!


49 Responses to “Salted Chocolate Banoffee Pie”

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    Meghan M. (@TraveleatloveMM) posted June 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

    What a beautiful post! And a fabulous addition to one of my favorite desserts!

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    Rhonda posted June 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    What a great Father’s Day Post, I am sure he would love that pie!

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    Monica posted June 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    So sweet! Lovely Father’s Day post for your awesome dad. I wish I had such great dad memories (mine passed when I was very little). I’m sure he is virtually enjoying your pie.

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    Shannon posted June 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    almost a shame to “virtually” share this, i’d totally want a slice or two :) yum!!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    What a nice tribute to your dad. I want to sink my teeth into that whipped cream topping and everything that’s beneath! (I also leave post-its as reminders… :) )

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    Daisy posted June 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    this is SUCH a sweet post. you’re Dad sounds like one of a kind. And your twist on this pie looks delicious!

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    Michelle posted June 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    So sweet! Happy Fathers’ Day! The pie looks so delicious..

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    yummychunklet posted June 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Wow. What a great pie!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted June 16, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Oh wow, this pie sounds freaking amazing. I love everything about it. What a great idea to add that chocolate ganache layer. I think my dad would love it too! Maybe one year when I’m actually with him on his bday or father’s day…

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes posted June 17, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Awww such sweet memories with your dad. I hope you had a great Father’s day weekend! This pie looks incredible!

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    Lon A. Fernandez posted June 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

    How fortunate to have such a loving and caring daughter! Although far away from each other, she tried a new and very creative recipe to make Father’s Day extra special for him. What a better way to show appreciation to her beloved father. As they say, she is good because she could feel that her father believed in her…. they are like two volumes in one book!! Cheers to father and daughter!

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    Caroline Taylor posted June 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

    This sounds so good, what a lovely thing to make for your Dad! I can imagine it would be easy to eat the whole thing.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Yes! I thought it might be too sweet but the salted chocolate ganache tempers it down (and I do love super sweet desserts!)

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted June 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This looks gorgeous and delicious! Salted chocolate is my new addiction!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you! It’s certainly worth the addiction ;)

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    Megan posted June 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I bet that salted chocolate ganache makes the pie! What a nice post for your dad.

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    Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt posted June 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Oh my goodness…this looks heavenly! Salted chocolate is just a fantastic combo. I love the family photos. :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks, Erin! There really is something so awesome about salted chocolate… and dulce de leche :)

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    Dan from Patter Talk posted June 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Beautifully done! This looks so delicious!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted June 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, that pie has me salivating! Must try!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple posted June 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

    What a lovely dessert for Father’s Day (or any day!)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted June 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Such a great post for Father’s Day – super “sweet”! This pie is amazing, Bianca. I wish you could have shared it with your Dad, but I bet he was so thrilled that you dedicated this post to him.

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    Tiffany | baking at tiffanys posted June 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What a sweet tribute to your dad! And the pie looks pretty delicious too! I’d love to try some :)

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    Simply Life posted June 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    wow!!! What a pie! This looks just incredible!!!

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    honeywhatscooking posted June 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

    looks delicious. Banaoffe PIe is a British thing, I think. Reminds me of a banana bread pudding, love your spin on this.. salted caramel. YUM!

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    The Squishy Monster posted June 19, 2013 at 11:55 am

    You guys look so happy…the wicked banana chocolate concoction probably didn’t hurt! Love the pic of y’all and the delicious accessibility of this pie!

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    Rosa posted June 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    A gorgeous pie! Really tempting and luscious.



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    grace posted June 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    super sweet post, bianca! banoffee pie is a favorite, but by adding chocolate (SALTED chocolate, no less), you’ve made it even more irresistible!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Thank you! It was definitely hard to resist a second piece ;)

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    Patty posted June 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Your dad is one lucky guy!!!! I’m so tempted by the look of this fabulous pie-a perfect treat for a very special holiday with your family ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 20, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Thank you! We are luckier to have him :) Hope you get to make this pie for your family too!

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    Joanne posted June 20, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Aww this is such a sweet post and a great tribute to your dad! And the pie looks amazing. So many good things all within one crust!

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    Daniel @ TickleMyTastebuds posted June 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Caramel and banana I hear?
    Oh my – I’m in for a slice.. or 5!

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    Liz posted June 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful post all around! What a moving tribute to your dad, and I love banoffee pie – this brings it to a new level.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thanks, Liz. Banoffee pie is definitely hard to resist! Hope you’re enjoying the summer!

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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie posted June 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    What a sweet post, in every sense of the word. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man and the pie looks wonderful!

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thank you, Nancie! He’s the best :)

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted June 20, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    What a touching post. This pie looks incredible.

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thank you, Nicole! Hope you’re enjoying the summer!

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    Samuel Jeffery posted June 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This is a beautiful and touching post and – my oh my – does that pie ever look good :)

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted June 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

    This is such a lovely dedication to your dad! I love the idea of layer of chocolate in your banoffee pie I’m going to have to try that next time I make it!

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    CCU posted June 25, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Awww this pie is the mot beautiful dedication to your dad my friend and the most delicious too :D


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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted June 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

    You had me at salted chocolate! Yum. This pie looks so good.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted June 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This looks absolutely perfect!! Banoffee pie is a favourite in this house – I can only imagine how awesome it is with chocolate!

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted June 29, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I’ve never had Banoffee pie before. Looks delicious, although I am not sure if I can make this at home. If I did, I guarantee you that all 1,000,000 calories will be consumed by me and me alone! Bahahaha! Have a good weekend!

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