If you're currently anything like myself, you will be lazing around the house recovering from yesterday, wishing you hadn't eaten so much yet simultaneously craving food, particularly something sweet. It is one of life's great paradoxes.
However, due to the long hours spent preparing food over the last few days (I don't think I ever want to see a potato peeler again...) you will no doubt be looking for something quick and simple to give you your sugary fix, yet still impressive enough to make you feel like you've achieved something - store bought Xmas leftovers somehow don't seem to suffice.
This is where my uber simple cheat's banoffee pie comes in - deliciously decadent and sweet, yet also ridiculously, mercifully simple. Plus its got banana in it, so it counts as one of your five a day. Go you. For any novice cooks out there looking to make something over the holidays, I cannot recommend this enough.
Cheat's banoffee pie
Tin caramel toffee sauce (I use one from M&S)
1 pot whipping cream
Ready made large pastry case/several small pastry cases
1. Open the tin of caramel toffee sauce and spread liberally over the pastry case(s).
2. Slice up the banana and place over the toffee layer.
3. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks (be careful not to overwhip!) and lather over the
4. Sprinkle a cascade of the chocolate sprinkles over the top (you can also grate a bit of
chocolate to make chocolate curls, which always looks lovely).
5. Put in the fridge to chill, and there you have it!
You see, I really wasn't lying about how simple it is. Perfect for those days when you really can't be doing with anything complicated. Plus if you're expecting company you can make individual banoffee pies for each of your guests, which I think always looks rather professional, and succeeds in making everyone feel a bit special. For me it's more an issue of practicality as no one taught me how to share. Well, not properly anyway...