My friend Gem, over at Cupcake Crazy Gem has a monthly challenge – United Bakes of America - where she challenges folk to bake something from an American recipe book, with a particular state in mind, or using an American ingredient. As a fellow Yankophile, I was definitely up for the challenge!
A few weeks back whilst in the supermarket, I was in the cereal when my heart literally skipped a beat – surely not I thought?! But my eyes were not deceiving me – Froot Loops - my ultimate favourite cereal! Kellogg's are trialling them in the UK and they have been altered for the UK market, so no artificial colours or flavours. This means they aren’t exactly the same taste as the US ones and the colours are more muted. But hey, I’m not complaining. It was just great to see Toucan Sam staring at me from the bright red box!
And I wanted to use the Froot Loops in a recipe. I had seen a different Froot Loop Pie over at Easybaked and that gave me all the inspiration I needed. I had a box of American Jello banana cream pudding mix which I had bought in London a few weeks back and my Froot Loop Banana Cream Pie was born.
Now - only the crust is actually baked, so I hope Gem lets me off with this one!
100 grams of crushed froot loops
113 grams of unsalted butter, melted
125 grams of sugar
1 banana, sliced
Box of Jello Banana Cream Pudding Mix
One package of Bird’s Dream Topping
Quarter pint of milk
2 generous tablespoons of marshmallow Fluff
Preheat your oven to 180oC. In a bowl mix together the crushed Froot Loops, butter and sugar with a fork. Place this into an ungreased pie dish and press down to form the crust. Pop this into the oven for 10 minutes, remove and allow to cool completely.
To make the filling, spread the sliced bananas over the bottom of the pie. Make the pudding mix with a quarter less milk than specified, to make it slightly thicker. Pour this over the bananas and smooth over this. Pop into the fridge to set.
For the topping, make up the Dream Topping as directed and add the marshmallow fluff. This gives the topping a slightly fluffier dimension. I piped this onto the top of the pie, but you could just spread it on with an off-set spatula. I added some more Froot Loops on top to decorate.
The crust of the pie was delicious with the sweet fruitiness of the cereal and the bananas, combined with the pudding mix was deliciously creamy and even creamier with the Dream Topping. I ate a quarter of the pie in one go!
If you can’t get hold of Jello Banana Cream Pudding mix, I would suggest using banana flavour Angel Delight, again using slightly less milk. And if you are in the US, use Cool Whip for the topping – but we don’t get that in the UK (although we did for a while in the 80’s).