CRAVING FOR PIE

“Omigosh! I miss that!” exclaimed Cecil during one of our WhatsApp chats.

I was just regaling her of having been in Starbucks and enjoying my all-time favourite pie.

Chillaxing in Starbucks, Greenbelt 3 in the Philippines

                Chillaxing in Starbucks, Greenbelt 3 in the Philippines

Coffee and baristas aside, another reason I heart Starbucks in Manila is because of a luscious pie that I am hard pressed to find in Starbucks outlets outside of the Philippines. Served in a mini aluminium pan, Banoffee pie (sometimes spelled banoffi) is a staple in any Starbucks menu of pastries. It is one of its best-selling pastries that makes one feel lucky to order one when in Starbucks. As dessert or snack, Banoffee pie goes well with coffee (without sugar) or hot green tea or water.

This creamy English delight is originally made with bananas, cream, and toffee from boiled condensed milk, says Wikipedia. Its base is usually crumbled cookie. For the Starbucks version, what I could discern is crumbled graham crackers for a base, and underneath the miniature tower of whipped cream drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce is a melange of banana slices and gooey chocolate sauce and bits. Cut through with your fork from the top to the bottom and you will have a trifecta of sweet, fruity, and creamy flavour ready to jump onto your palate.

Banoffee pie - a trifecta of sweet, fruity, and creamy flavours from Starbucks Philippines

Banoffee pie – a trifecta of sweet, fruity, and creamy flavours from Starbucks Philippines

The Banoffee pie was admittedly saccharine when I first tried it, but years later, the recipe has been tweaked hence its popularity. It is still sweet, but not as if it is boring holes in your teeth. It’s just right to satisfy your craving for pie.

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