Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kitchen disaster (and banoffee pie!)

I saw a blog post on banoffee pie this week and decided I had to make it! It's basically made with any kind of pie crust you want (I did graham cracker) layered with 3-4 bananas sliced on top, caramel, and whipped cream - it sounds delicious and easy, right? In order to make the caramel, you boil an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk for a few hours and it magically turns into caramel! I'd heard of this method before, and didn't think too much about it. I followed the recipe exactly, putting the can in a "small sauce pot," filling with water, and boiling. After it had been going for about an hour, Will and I went upstairs for a few minutes. While we were up there, I heard a loud crash in the kitchen. I ran back downstairs to find this...

Yes, that is bits of caramel, all over the ceiling. It exploded EVERYWHERE. Cabinets, walls, floor, window curtains...there was even bits of caramel on Will's toys in the playroom, a good 20 feet from the stove. Ughh. I am SO thankful that Will and I weren't in the kitchen when this happened!

My little helper
Matt was VERY gracious about the whole thing and even stayed up late scraping caramel off the ceiling. He gave me a chemistry lesson on PV=nRT to explain why this happened. If the water level gets below the top of the can, it can get too hot and explode (it would have been nice for the blog post to mention this possibility!). He assured me that if I used a stock pot and put plenty of water in there, there is no way it would explode (because then it would never get hotter than the boiling water - 212 degrees). So the next day I tried it again!

It worked! It made delicious caramel!
The finished pie
And the pie 10 seconds later, after it was left too close to the edge of the counter and Ellie (our dog) decided to sample it!

We still cut it from the half that wasn't touched, and it was awesome! Matt and I both loved it. The flavor combination works so well together. So, don't be afraid - learn from my mistakes and give it a try!


Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...[Reply to comment]

Oh my word! I know that that exact same thing would have happened to me, because I didn't know about the PV equation, either. I'm glad you two weren't burned, but it sounds like that pie was destined for disaster, ha ha! At least your doggy didn't eat the whole thing, though :-)

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

yum!! it looks delicious and well worth the clean up! its fun to see the pics since i called when you were cleaning! good thing you had both matt and helper, will! xxoo lulu

Duski said...[Reply to comment]

Wow...I hope you don't mind that this post gave me a great laugh!! I am sure it wasn't funny at all at the time. So glad your husband was gracious and no one was burned! I think maybe I might want to try making that pie??? It sure looks yummy!

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