Turns out, Banoffee Pie isn't an all-American dish. It was invented by Englishman Nigel Mackenzie, who created the nation's beloved pudding in 1971

You might be mistaken for thinking the mouthwatering combination of bananas, toffee and cream is as American as they come, but the banoffee pie is actually one of Britain's great inventions.

 

Sadly the dessert's creator, Nigel Mackenzie, has passed away.

 

The sweet treat was invented in Mackenzie's restaurant, The Hungry Monk in East Sussex, by Mackenzie and his chef, Ian Dowding, in 1971.

 

The duo discovered the new dessert after playing around with an American recipe called "Blum's Coffee Toffee Pie" which rarely worked, trying out different combinations of fruit including mandarin, oranges, apples and – the winner – a banana, according to Dowding's website.

 

"Like the classic combinations of strawberries and cream, bacon and eggs, or sausage and mash – banana and toffee is more than just the sum of its parts. The only trouble was that we had to find another name as banana, coffee, toffee pie was getting a bit long winded," writes Dowding on the site.

 

"It was Nigel who came up with the word ‘Banoffi’ as a combination and abbreviation of the syllables in the ingredients. It was only really meant as a temporary name but it seemed to stick and although it seemed a bit silly at the time this was in the days when ‘Lucy Moxon’s Lemon Posset’ and ‘Tipsy Pudding’ were common menu parlance."

 

The classic recipe has been adopted by restaurants around the globe over the years, and rumour has it that it was Margaret Thatcher's favourite dish to cook.

 

While The Hungry Monk is no longer open, the restaurant's website has the original recipe for the pie, which has made it into the dictionary. Recipes for banoffee pie are even printed on tins of Nestlé's condensed milk.

Love banoffee pie? Don't miss our recipes for campfire baked 'banoffees' and banoffee sundaes