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Without trees, we would not be able to create our stunning solid wood worktops – so they are incredibly valuable to us! In honour of our fabrication service – which provides a number of bespoke customisation options for your work surface – we have put together this quiz to test your timber knowledge. How much do you know about these wonderful plants? Take our ‘True or Fabricated’ quiz to test your knowledge.

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A slice of banoffee pie topped with banana pieces and toffee sauce

Credit : Wiki Commons

Serves 12

Prep time: 1hr 30 minutes (including 1hr chilling time)

Cooking time: 1 minute

It appears that many of you have a sweet tooth, as banoffee pie came out on top in our very accurate British Pie Week Quiz. We have a very easy-to-follow recipe for this rich and sweet dessert treat, originally from Carnation. It uses mostly household items; a non-stick saucepan and a 20cm cake tin, and your children will definitely want to help out – especially as there is a spoon they can lick!

If you would rather not make the caramel, a tin of ready-made caramel sauce will work too.

Ingredients:

  • 175g butter
  • 225g light digestive biscuits
  • 75g dark brown soft sugar
  • 400g can condensed milk
  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 150ml whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder (to decorate)
  • Lemon juice (optional)

How to make the best banoffee pie:

  1. Crush the digestive biscuits so they are as small as possible, either using a kitchen mixer or by putting the biscuits in a freezer bag (or similar) and crushing with a rolling pin. Melt 100g of the butter, and mix with the biscuit crumbs.
  2. Grease the cake tin and spoon the mixture into it. Make sure you evenly cover the bottom and sides of the tin, as this is the base of the pie. Then, leave it to chill in the fridge for ten minutes.
  3. Melt the rest of the butter and the sugar in a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, and stir continuously until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the condensed milk and quickly boil it for about a minute, while still stirring, to get a rich, gooey caramel.
  4. Spread the caramel evenly over the base and leave to cool. Once it’s cooled, chill it for an hour or until it is firm. Take the base and caramel out of the tin and put on a serving plate.
  5. Slice the bananas and put half on top of the caramel layer, and then fold the remaining banana slices into the whipped cream. Spoon this mixture onto the pie and decorate with some more banana, grated chocolate, cocoa powder or caramel dessert sauce.

Our top tips:

Boil the caramel filling for a minute or more to make sure it has the perfect consistency and, if you are topping the pie with more bananas, a dash of lemon juice will stop them going brown.

Have you made this?

If you have made this banoffee pie, let us know how it went on Facebook or Twitter We doubt there will be much left after you have served it – this delicious pie will be a family favourite!

Do you have what it takes to get 10/10 on our worktop quiz? We have a wide selection of timbers available, and with so many options on offer it can be tricky to figure out what you need. If you think you know your beech from your bamboo, our quiz is the perfect way to test your knowledge – our questions cover the origins of our timbers, some technical terms and different construction options. We have even managed to include a kitchen sink…

When you have answered all the questions, you can share your score with your friends and challenge them to beat you – good luck!