Scottish Sweeties Part 4: Tray Bakes & Banoffee Pie

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 | Travel

In order to further your understanding of British desserts, I present you with three different kinds of tray bakes and the famous banoffee pie:

Millionaire’s shortbread consists of three layers: shortbread (a very buttery, crusty cookie), a mix of toffee & dulce de leche, and chocolate.  It’s obviously quite sweet, so I love it. 

Tiffin is traditionally made up of cocoa, Golden Syrup (light molasses), stale biscuits and whatever else you need to use up around the house, like raisins & nuts (Scottish people are a frugal lot).  It often has a layer of melted chocolate on top and requires no baking.  Just mix it up and pop it in the fridge.  I have no idea what the relation this kind of tiffin has, if any, to the similarly-named Indian lunch.  Unless, of course, people would eat this dessert for lunch, which I can totally get behind.

I have a confession to make: I don’t like dates.  They look like roaches whole, they look like roaches squished, and their flavor is meh.  In the interest of cultural anthropology, I must report on the ubiquitous date square in Scotland.  It tastes like you think it will.

Banoffee (banana & toffee) pie, however, is wonderful, if you get a good one.  It consists of a layer of a pie shell filled with sliced bananas, toffee & dulce de leche, and whipped cream.  What’s not to like?

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1 Comment to Scottish Sweeties Part 4: Tray Bakes & Banoffee Pie

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December 1, 2010

Those pictures look fantastic!! Banoffee pie is king!

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