Dulce de Leche Banana Toffee Pie

Recipe and photo credit: Ourbestbites.com

Recipe and photo credit: Ourbestbites.com

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Dulce de Leche Banana Toffee Pie
Recipe by Our Best Bites

Ingredients:
1 8-serving chocolate cookie pie crust
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 bananas
1 cup crushed chocolate-covered toffee bars or Heath bits
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese (light is fine)
1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions:

Prepare Dulce de Leche according to these instructions. **  When done, allow to cool slightly and then spread onto the bottom and up the sides of the cookie crust.

Cut the bananas into 1/4″ slices. Lay the slices over the Dulce de Leche. Sprinkle with about 1/2 of the toffee bits and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream. Beat with electric beaters until medium peaks form. In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and the brown sugar with the electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the whipped cream and mix with the electric mixer until fluffy and combined. Gently spread over the toffee bits and then sprinkle with remaining toffee bits. Chill for several hours before serving. Serves 8-10.

Homemade Dulce de Leche

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Pour sweetened condensed milk into a shallow baking dish, such as a pie plate.  Cover very tightly with foil making sure all sides are covered and sealed.  Place baking dish in a larger pan, such as a roasting pan.  Fill larger pan with hot water until water level reaches about half way up the baking dish.  Cook for about 60 minutes and then check.  Color should be a rich caramel brown.  Continue cooking if necessary, checking every 15 minutes.  Can take up to 90 minutes or more to reach proper level of doneness.  When a medium caramel color is reached, remove from oven and let cool.  Whisk until smooth, store in fridge.

Try it as a fruit dip, spread on bread, crackers, or cookies, on top of ice cream, as a filling for cupcakes, swirled into frosting or hot chocolate, or simply straight off the spoon.  It’s especially good with cold, crisp apple slices.

Crock Pot Instructions: Place 1-3 sealed cans of sweetened condensed milk in slow cooker.  Place enough water in slow cooker to completely cover cans by 1 inch.  Cook on low for about 8 hours.  Let cans cool completely before opening.

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