DIY Banoffee Dessert Jar

I have always had a soft spot for banoffee pie. The banoffee from Big Chill in Delhi was the first I had ever tasted, and I used to spend a large part of my pocket-money in college on it and other great desserts at Big Chill. (How I miss Delhi!)

I know a lot of people think it is an absolutely revolting dessert, but I am from the other side. Remember that scene from Love Actually when Andrew Lincoln turns down Kiera Knightly’s offer of banoffee pie and she is oh-so-happy that she doesn’t have to share?

I am kind of like that with banoffee pie. I would like to NOT share. Anyway. I have not eaten banoffee pie in Mumbai so far, perhaps because I do not venture out as much anymore.

Then, inspiration struck, in the form of:

  1. This DIY cookie jar gift idea a friend once sent me from The Frisky. While I think it is kind of lame to just dump flour and sugar and chocolate chips and whatever else into a jar and tell your friends to make the actual cookies themselves, it does look rather pretty. Like edible sand art.
  2. The Purple Foodie’s caramel sauce recipe.

I might as well make my own! I took all my inspiration, threw it into a jar and came up with this. Making the caramel sauce from scratch was a great idea- it turned out less sweet and thicker than the ones you get in a squeeze bottle; and the saltiness worked nicely with the ripe bananas.


First, you need to make your caramel sauce. (Adapted from The Purple Foodie)

For The Caramel Sauce: Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt
  • A dash of vanilla extract

For The Caramel Sauce: Method

  • Place the sugar in a thick-bottomed pan and melt it on low heat. Swirl the pot around; avoid using a wooden spoon since this may crystallise the sugar
  • Once the sugar has melted and turned a rich brown colour, take if off the heat and add the butter. The mixture will begin to bubble and foam.
  • Whisk in the cream and vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the salt and set aside.

For The Rest Of The Dessert: Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large banana, sliced into full-moons (you can use 2 small ones if you live in the tropics like me and get a variety of small bananas)
  • 3 digestive biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sweet whipped cream

For The Rest Of The Dessert: Method

  • Crush the biscuits, mix it with the sugar and butter and press down into the bottom of the jar, so that it fills 1/4th of the jar. Use the back of a rounded scoop or the back of a spoon to pack it all in. Refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Once cool, take the jar out of the fridge and top the biscuit crumbs with the caramel sauce, filling the next 1/4th of the jar.
  • Allow this to rest in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
  • Next, take the jar out of the fridge, top with the sliced bananas and whipped cream. (If you want, you can warm the bananas for 30 seconds in the microwave.)
  • Finish off with chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles or more biscuit crumbs.

Serves 2. Or one greedy person 🙂

My Dessert Jar!

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