Monday, 20 August 2012

Froot Loop Banana Cream Pie - for United Bakes of America




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!

Ingredients:

Crust:
100 grams of crushed froot loops
113 grams of unsalted butter, melted
125 grams of sugar

Pie Filling:
1 banana, sliced
Box of Jello Banana Cream Pudding Mix
Milk

Topping:
One package of Bird’s Dream Topping
Quarter pint of milk
2 generous tablespoons of marshmallow Fluff

Method:
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).

Enjoy!! 

13 comments:

  1. As an australian who love froot loops and gets the sent over to the uk from home you've just made my day with this news!

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    1. Glad to have made your day - hope you like the UK version!

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  2. Blimey! I haven't seen this many American products in one place since I left Chicago in 2001! Where did you find all the ingredients? Amazing! : )

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    1. ASDA are selling lots of American goodies now - they even do tootsie rolls! The only ingredient I had to source elsewhere ( on a trip to London) was the Jello pudding mix. The world is certainly getting smaller!!

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  3. Froot Loops are here?? where? I have to get some! This looks delicious - I love bananas in desserts and with the addition of froot loops - clear winner! :)

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    1. I got mine in ASDA but I emailed Kellogg's and they assured me I could get them in Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons etc. They aren't quite the same, but still very nice - if you make I hope you enjoy as much as I did!!

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  4. Definitely bookmarking this one - my boyfriend is a Fruit Loops nut and we did happy dances when we saw the Toucan on the shelves in the UK! He also loves bananas (boyfriend, not the Toucan, although he well might!) so I think he would love this!

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    1. Another Toucan Sam fan! Wonder why Kellogg's have waited so long here? Hope you enjoy it if you make :)

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  5. Banana Cream Pie and Froot Loops?! what a double whammy! this is amazing...I can't believe you can get them in supermarkets now! but sad to hear they're not as tasty - what's the point! silly EU regulations! haha. I would have never thought of crushing it to make a crust - genius! and by bake I don't mean your oven has to be turned on I just mean a tasty sweet treat so this more than qualifies! thanks for joining in this month!

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    1. Phew! Glad it qualifies - have to best honest and say I will still get US Froot Loops when I can!!

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  6. I love baking with American cereals etc like this - Froot Loops and Fluff are easy to get nowawdays in the UK and I just wish I could get my paws on some of that Jello Pudding!!

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    1. I have been thinking of doing something with cinnamon Graham's - I see you like cinnamon so could be right up your street Su :)

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  7. I'm currently scoffing a bowl of dry froot loops - same thing happened to me a few days ago when I was doing my supermarket shop and I saw Toucan Sam staring back at me! They took awhile to get up here to Shetland. Alas, they are only limited edition :(

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