Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

I swear I’m not being paid by the BBC Good Food group to promote their website but here’s another one of their amazing recipes to get your taste buds going!

Banoffee Pie really couldn’t be any easier. It’s always so much more simple to pull off than you think and always seems to end up looking absolutely scrumptious. It’s got to be one of my ultimate guilty pleasures, I reckon I could eat at least half the entire thing in one sitting.

But like all recipes, this one needs just a little bit of fiddling with!

Instead of using Hob Nobs, I much prefer sticking to the traditional Digestive biscuit because I don’t think the ‘oaty one’ gets as crispy a finish (besides, if you’re using Digestives you can pull a fast one and buy value brand biscuits which taste just the same)!

The only other thing I really want to say is that you shouldn’t be lazy and use store bought caramel! Not only does it get too thick, making your own toffee sauce tastes better, has a much better texture and is easy as pie – pun intended – to make as long as you have the patience and the eye of an eagle.

All you have to do is slowly melt 200g of sugar in a saucepan on a low heat, whisk in 100g of butter and remove from the heat. Once you’ve let it sit for roughly ten seconds, start whisking in 100ml of heavy whipping cream and viola, you’ve got yourself the tastiest toffee sauce ever!

Good luck you Fongtastic bunch of future bakers!

If you tried making a Banoffee Pie using this recipe, tweet your results @FongtasticFood

Del Monte Charged Less for Rigging Banana Prices

Del MonteDel Monte, one of the world’s leading fruit producers, has won its appeal to reduce their €14.7 million (£12.6m) European Union fine for rigging banana prices.

The EU General Court ruled Del Monte’s fine be cut by  almost  €6m due to the company’s co-operation with regulators.

Although Dole Food denies any wrongdoing, their fine of  €45.6m has been upheld. The company is in the process of launching an appeal in the hope of also being able to reduce their multi-million euro fine.

The European Commission fined the companies in 2008 for price collusion in eight EU countries.

C. Michael Carter, President of Dole Food, stated: “We strongly believe that the European competition laws were not violated and we will appeal this decision to the EU Court of Justice.

“The General Court’s decision treats discussions about general market conditions the same as a price-fixing cartel.”

The companies were found to have been involved in price fixing between 2000 and 2002.

Banana Cashew Cake

All RecipesThe ultimate form of procrastination: baking.

Instead of choosing to get on with my ever-growing workload, I decided to bake a banana cake.

With almost 200 5-star ratings, I thought this step-by-step guide from AllRecipes would surely do the trick.

Banana Cashew Cake

Banana Cashew Cake

I’m going to start this recipe review by calling xuthus1972, in the nicest sense of the word, a liar. From my experience, the banana cake took just over double the suggested cooking time, but boy was it worth the wait!

The cake came out looking absolutely mouthwatering, it was perfectly golden and slipped out of the loaf tin and onto a cooling rack as easy as pie (no pun intended). I’m not even going to get into how good it made my kitchen smell…

Unlike most banana cakes, this one wasn’t too heavy and had a lovely crumbly texture. My decision to also add some chopped cashew nuts really made it something special. With each individual bite, I could taste the creaminess of the banana and the nutty flavour of the cashews. The two flavours just complimented each other beautifully.

But now that I’ve finished my slice, I better get back to work … at least until dinner.

Avocado and Banana Milkshake

Avocado and Banana Milkshake

Avocado and Banana Milkshake

I reckon it’s time to crack out something a little bit different, a little bit strange, but very, very tasty.

Taking inspiration from some of the world’s most famous unusual flavour combinations – chilli and chocolate, cheddar cheese and strawberry jam, just to name a few – I decided to make a milkshake with a twist.

The avocados and bananas were sitting side by side in my fruit bowl and I got to thinking…

What would an avocado and banana milkshake taste like?

Because the classic banana milkshake just isn’t cutting it at the moment, obviously.

So into the blender went 2 bananas and a whole avocado, with a teaspoon of honey and a splash of milk.

Surprisingly, it worked! I think I even surprised myself, but the flavours just went hand in hand, the avocado didn’t overpower the banana and just left you with a slight tang after each and every gulp.

Besides, who doesn’t love a funky looking green drink?

If you know of any other unusual flavour combinations, please tweet them @FongtasticFood