Wednesday, 20 February 2008

I Had A Dream

Last night, I had a dream. In my dream, somebody had placed all of the great puddings on a huge table and I was asked to try and pick out my favourite. On my table of puddings, there was a confusing mass of tempting delicacies; all of my suet packed goodies such as treacle pud, spotted dick and jam roly poly; rich chocolate fudge cakes and sharp lemon tarts; Bakewell tarts and baklava. My dream was slowly turning into a nightmare as I realised I was not allowed to eat any of them - it was all just one big horrible tease.

Thinking about this in the cold daylight, it makes me shudder to think how I would come to a conclusion if this dreamlike scenario was ever transferred into real life. I was thinking more about some elaborate evil plot in an Austin Power's film, where you would be eaten by an ill tempered sea bass with a laser beam on its head if you did not choose in good time. Right now you get a glimpse as to how my mind works.

Like my other great passion, music, my mind changes by the minute as to what is my favourite. And right now at this very minute, my pudding of choice would be that great invention of the 1970s, banoffee pie. I could happily disregard my love of the good old British pud and demolish one of these each night. Something about a combination of biscuit, toffee, banana and cream makes for an amazing taste sensation and whoever invented it, I thank you. Especially for the cheesy name.

If I did eat one of these every night I would now be struggling to get out of the house. So I've invented a lower calorie banoffee pie that does not lack the flavour of the full fat version. I know that a pudding should just be a pudding with no tweaks, and I'm very much a firm believer in that. But I'm being asked to create lower fat desserts for Expo Chef, so I guessed that if I could do it with a sugary cream topped banoffee pie and still make it taste great, it would be happy days all round. And it was. The decision has been made, and I fall back into a deep sleep knowing it was the right one.

'Skinny' Banoffee Pie
Makes 4 individual or 1 large banoffee pie

For the base
10 oat cakes
A glass of apple juice

2 bananas

For the toffee sauce
50g low fat margarine
100g honey
100ml of milk

Low fat créme fraiche or yoghurt
Cocoa powder

1 - Crush the oat cakes in a bag with a rolling pin or similar object into crumbs. Tip into a bowl then pour in a little apple juice. Mix until it begins to stick together, you still want to retain a little crunch.
2 - Put the margarine and honey into a small pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until it begins to darken and caramelise. Pour in the milk, bring back to the boil and simmer until it thickens. Leave aside.
3 - Either in a large flan or cake mould with a removable base, or 4 individual cake tins or chef's rings, press in the oat cake crumbs to make the base.
4 - Slice the bananas and then top the 'biscuit' base.
5 - Pour over the toffee sauce. Lightly whip the créme fraiche or yoghurt until it thickens slightly, then smear over the top.
6 - Remove the cake mould, place onto a plate and then sieve over a little cocoa powder. Serve and don't tell anybody that it is a lower fat version.


theboydonefood said...

oddly enough it's a british pud, invented in The Hungry Monk restaurant in Sussex in the 70s...would you adam and eve it...

Good job chap, although I think you may need some help judging from your star wars bass nightmares...!

Rosie said...

Hi David, yes bring on the puds my kind of dream but without the elaborate evil plot *giggle*

'Skinny' Banoffee Pie just got to love the title! I bet this tastes just as delicious too.....

Rosie x

Jules said...

I don't know what I would do if puddings dissapeared from the world!

This pudding looks perfect for the mothers day dinner I'm cooking next week.

Aimée said...

Please send some of this my way, David, oh, and drop by my blog to collect an award. Congrats!

Rosie said...

Hi David, I hope you don’t mind but I have tagged you for a meme.

Thanks :D

Rosie x

Kate / Kajal said...

Got here thru Aimees blog. Congratulations on the E award.
A skinny banoffee pie .. thats really gr8. don't have to feel guilty about having one now :)

Mansi Desai said...

wow, that does look inspiring David! loved the flavors:)

Holler said...

You came up with a really good, low-fat alternative, David! I really wouldn't feel cheated if I had this version. It sounds yummy, I am going to copy the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I will give it a go, to follow the soup but I am one of those 'no buts, it got to be butter people!'

I LOVE the real thing.


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I am absolutely OBSESSED with puddings! There is just nothing better is there? So which IS your favorite??? Mine is certainly Sticky what qualifies a pudding a pudding in the British sense, because I would not have thought Baklava in that category and being a Yank, what do I know? ;)