“COLOR YOUR PLEASANTVILLE”
by Dea Castrejon
I don’t know about all of you, but I am a “strictly dinner” person when it comes to eating out. Do you know what I mean? I just never seem to entertain the dessert menu at restaurants. We have always been the family that kindly disregards the dessert menu because we are so full and satisfied from our dinner. In addition to this, eating out has always been a rarity, so the main meal is indulgent or gratifying enough, so to speak.
What if, though? What if we did ask for a dessert menu? Even better, what if we actually ordered a sweet course after dinner? Daring, righhhhht?!
Well, it happened! During our short living stint in Texas, my husband and I ventured out to dinner at a new restaurant gem, The Crafthouse Gastropub, in Lubbock. As we were being seated, it was impossible to ignore three tables in a row of people eating some sort of odd-looking pie. Whatevs! Per usual, we ordered our dinner meals, and we were content. During our meal, however, two more of these pies came out…that’s it…”We would like a dessert menu, please.”
Okay, let me interject here by drawing a weird food parallel to the 1998 film, Pleasantville. Stay with me! Briefly speaking, Pleasantville begins as a black and white movie centered around a perfect, in sync society, living in an unchanging, utopian world. Wikipedia states is perfectly (ha!), “It never rains, the highs and lows rest at 72 degrees, the fire department exists only to rescue treed cats, and the basketball team never misses the hoop.” But wait, if you have seen the movie, then you know that when someone finally decides to do something different than the norm in Pleasantville, the use of color is introduced in the film to represent an interruption to the traditional flow of life. As one movie critic notes, “In Pleasantville, color represents the transformation from repression to enlightenment.”
Have I drifted far enough away from my point? Similar to the context of this movie, my husband and I decided to do something out of our ordinary…yes, something totally out of the norm (in our own Pleasantville), and it was astoundingly colorful! I know this was an absolutely foolish and silly, not to mention drawn out comparison, but nonetheless, I think the illustration is fitting! Simply put, we ordered this pie, known as banoffie, and it was incredible! It is a layered pie, starting with a crisp biscuity crust, followed by a gooey toffee filling. On top of this, there is a single layer of sliced banana, and finally, it is topped off with fresh whipped cream.
I have since recreated this pie for friends, and it always seems to cause a clamor of compliments. So, for 30 ways in 30 days, I have gone even more colorful by infusing our Organic Honey Pecan Granola in 3 separate layers.
Finally, here it is!
*Makes one 9 inch diameter pie
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Granola Factory Organic Honey Pecan Granola, food processed
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 to 1 cup Organic Honey Pecan Granola
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Organic Honey Pecan Granola
1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped or food processed
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Begin by preparing the crust. Combine butter and sugar with a hand mixer until smooth. Add flour and granola just until it is incorporated.
Press crust dough into the baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove pan from the oven and let cool.
Next, let’s make the toffee filling. Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the brown sugar until melted down. Now, add the can of condensed milk and bring it to a boil for a few minutes. Stir frequently. Once the toffee darkens a bit, it is done.
Pour the toffee filling onto the prepared crust. Cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until firm.
While the filling is hardening, let’s prepare the whipping cream. Pour cream into a small mixing bowl. Add sugar to a preferred sweetness. Whip until stiff peaks form. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to layer your pie.
Once the filling has set completely, it is time to layer up! First, add a layer of sliced bananas onto the toffee filling.
Next, sprinkle granola over the banana layer.
Finally, smooth whipped cream on top.
Last, but certainly not least, add grated chocolate chips and a final layer of granola. Whew, it’s done!
Enjoy! And next time you go out to eat, dare to color your night with dinner and dessert!