Mini Banoffees and Big Apologies

(Chocolate – Caramel – Fig)

I feel I owe apologies to a lot of people, of late.

Firstly, to my neighbour, who complained to me about my constant ‘loud walking’. (I suppose it didn’t help that a couple of days ago, B and I ran whooping around the coffee table, to celebrate Macheda’s goal in the final minutes of stoppage time during the Man U vs Aston Villa match).

Sorry to my dear friend M for cancelling our lunch date, on account of my cold. An equally heartfelt sorry to my mom for missing out on a lunch with her, due to the same cold.

Sorry also to the lonely packet of figs that had been lying untouched in my fridge for over a week, and sorry to myself, for wasting valuable money buying food I didn’t need. (Situation now rectified, as pictured above)

Finally, apologies to everyone who has been hounding me for the banoffee teacake recipe. I hadn’t really forgotten, honest. Well, maybe a little. I made some bite sized ones recently, which I think are more fun to serve to friends. Definitely didn’t forget the recipe this time, so hopefully all is forgiven!

Mini Banoffee Teacakes :

Caramel :
(This caramel is essentially the filling you get in a caramel slice, but baked without the biscuit base. The total yield is more than you will require for 20 mini banoffee teacakes, but I find the leftover caramel useful for all sorts of things – as a macaron or cake filling, or even spread on toast, if you are that way inclined. You can skip this step and use dulce de leche instead, if you have it.)

40g unsalted butter
50g golden syrup
325g sweetened condensed milk

Preheat the oven to 125’C.

Place all ingredients in a pot. Heat on a medium-low flame, until completely melted and homogenous. Stir gently while heating with a spatula to prevent the mixture from catching. Pour into a baking dish or baking ramekin roughly 12 x 18 x 3cm in size. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes until the caramel mixture sets. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before using. You can make this ahead and store it in the fridge until required.

Teacakes :
(makes 20 mini-muffin-sized cakes; recipe by Tartlette)
67g caster sugar
2 large eggs
56.5g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
58gr sour cream
62.5g plain flour

Preheat the oven to 176’C. Grease mini muffin tin well.

In a stand mixer, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and thick, about 2 – 3 minutes. Add the butter and sour cream. Whisk well and then fold in the sifted flour. Divide the mixture evenly between the holes of the muffin tin. The mixture should come up to about 3/4 of the way up each hole. (Tip : Use a measuring tablespoon to scoop the mix)

Bake for 8 – 9 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle of a teacake comes out clean. Allow to cool on wire rack then remove each cake carefully with a small spatula. (Tip : If you do not have a big enough mini muffin tin, you can bake this in batches.)

To assemble :

1 medium banana
200g whipped cream
dark chocolate shavings or curls, to garnish

Slice the banana into thin rounds. Place a slice on each teacake. Fill a piping bag with the caramel. Pipe about 1 teaspoon-worth of caramel on top of the banana. Pipe whipped cream on top and decorate with chocolate shavings.

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  1. shez said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    ahhhh! how cute of your neighbour to call it “loud walking”. were apologies accompanied by a mini banoffee? (i’m sure forgiveness would have abounded if they were).

    these are so darling and lovely Y! i’m sure i’d try to put a whole one in my mouth and end up with cream on my front if i tried them, but that’s all part of the appeal no?

  2. Chocolate Shavings said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    Don’t be so hard on yourself..! And those Banoffees look delicious!!

  3. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

    Oh they aren’t very big transgressions! I was hoping for something more juicy eg “Sorry to X for stealing your husband” lol. Not that you would 😛

    Glad to see you used the first pic! It pops just that much more.

  4. Arwen from Hoglet K said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    Don’t feel guilty about the lunch dates, because it’s important to recover from your cold. Looks like you did a great job of rectifying the fig situation too.

  5. Y said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

    shez : Actually, it concerned me a lot, because I’m not entirely sure what constitutes loud-walking. We’ve never had a complaint before, and have lived here for quite some time.

    Chocolate Shavings : Thanks! I made them for a friend’s afternoon tea.

    Lorraine : I’m still dithering, but I thought I should go with the majority. I really liked that second picture! Sorry to disappoint you, by the way. My life isn’t very juicy! I leave that to the fruits. ;P

    Arwen from Hoglet K : I probably could’ve done more justice to them if I’d started earlier! This one was a bit of a rush job.

  6. FFichiban said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

    Hee hee at whooping around ^^! thats awesomecakes! and so are these teacakes mmmm

  7. Eva said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    Although I’m glad to have the mini banoffee pie recipe, now I definitely need the recipe for the choc-caramel-fig combo! Particularly this chocolaty slice in the middle of the photo intrigues me to no end…

  8. Y said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

    Oh, that thing in the middle is actually ice-cream, Eva. The chocolate in the foreground is a very delicious friand, which I can email you the recipe for, if you’re interested.

  9. Anita said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the recipe too 🙂

  10. Zita said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

    Who wouldn’t forgive you if you offer them this pallete of art work? I sure definetely would (though I think I would never need an apology from you) 😀

    Love the mini choco bun (I wish I have that mold)…and the banofee of course 🙂

  11. linda said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    Cute and delicious banoffi cakelets 🙂
    Love the look of that dessert at the top of the page as well…

  12. mir said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    Maybe they’re waiting to be bribed with some of your goodies? Heck I’ll make any excuse if I can imagine half of the baking scent wafting itself lazily outside.

  13. lisaiscooking said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 1:01 am

    Your teacakes look fantastic! They look delicate and scrumptious.

  14. Veggie Wedgie said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 1:53 am

    I love this idea ! Banofee pie is so good. I made some last week..I love the flavor combinations!

  15. Caitlin said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 3:16 am

    I’m going to go hide now, because I, too, complain to neighbors about “loud walking.” That’s why I only live on the top floor anymore, it’s just safer. Thanks for the recipe (finally!) 🙂 And now I have to go find fresh figs, because they just sound too good.

  16. Laura said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 4:04 am

    I love chocolate and I love figs, but somehow I never managed to put them together in the same dessert. I have to try as soon as figs appear in Northern California.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  17. anna said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 4:31 am

    Oh wow, those look incredible. Mmmm banana. I can’t wait for fig season here! I just tried my first fresh figs last year and am so ready for more!

  18. Baking Soda said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

    Wonderful! Never tried banoffee pie because it’s well so big! These babies would go down well with my family!
    (We once had neighbors like that, they counted (!) the steps my mom took in the linoleum covered kitchen prior to complaining…. seriously freaked out my mom! We knew then that it took 6 steps to make coffee, 24 to make cake)

  19. Manggy said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    I wasn’t one of those people asking for a recipe, but I will take these yummy tarts as collateral for any future crimes you may commit against me, lol 🙂

  20. Howard said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    I think the ‘loud walking’ was warranted, if they saw Macheda’s goal. It was a beautiful sight and the kid is going to remember it for the rest of his life, even if he doesn’t make it into the big time which is not uncommon for kids who come out of Old Trafford (Luke Chadwick ? )

    Oh and thanks for the recipe, i’ve been hanging out for it 😉

  21. cakebrain said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    gorgeous little itty bitty desserts are so my favourite way to indulge! what a yummy idea! they look so cute!

  22. Lisa said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    Those mini banofeee cakes look AMAZING! I love banoffee pie, but I like your version more! Must try it soon:) No need to apologize for making those hehe 🙂

  23. Claude-Olivier said,

    April 12, 2009 @ 4:54 am

    hi, so yummy! And what about your pictures! Really great work, congratulation. Are you living in Sydney ??? I was there 3 weeks ago. A such amazing town…Cheers

  24. Y said,

    April 12, 2009 @ 9:20 am

    Caitlin, I don’t think I’ve ever been the recipient of this loud-walking phenomemon, so it was a big surprise to be hearing about it from my neighbour.

    Baking Soda : Wow, talk about taking things to the extreme! I hope I don’t end up with neighbours like that.

    Claude-Olivier : Thanks! Yes, I live in Sydney. Hope you had a great time in the city while you were here!

  25. Eva said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

    I’d love to have the recipe for the chocolate friand! There can never be enough recipes for chocolate cake – thanks so much!

  26. Hannah said,

    April 20, 2009 @ 3:25 am

    Truly, everything is cuter mini… Lovely plating!

  27. Sophie said,

    May 7, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    waw;……How did I miss this post, my foodie friend? These look delicious as ever!! MMMMMMMMM…….great dessert!! Great, I said: excellent is a better word for it!!

  28. Kim said,

    August 14, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    Is there an Americanized version of this recipe? It’s something I would love to try!

  29. Y said,

    August 17, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    Hi Kim, you might find this link helpful, with regards to the teacake recipe

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