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Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream PieHere we are, with six inches of snow on the ground and another 4 or 5 inches possible by tomorrow afternoon.  We haven’t seen the sun for a week and aren’t going to have a chance to see it again for yet another week.  We’re also looking at subzero temps by Thursday night.

Oh, joy.

I believe my Seasonal Affective Disorder is kicking in…please bear with me; I’m likely to bitch about the weather a LOT between now and April.  I do not do cold weather very well, and if it weren’t for the spectacular seasons of spring and fall and the very lovely summers here, I believe I’d go nuts.

Anyhoo, in the interest of conjuring visions of warm, white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and surging surf, I give you my recipe for Coconut Cream Pie.   The basic custard is the basis for not only all of my cream pies (I’ll give you a couple of variations at the end of the recipe), but for my version of that most Southern of all desserts, the classic and ubiquitous Banana Pudding.

The ingredients are not numerous and it is pretty simple to make, especially if you buy and pre-bake a frozen pie crust.  Remember that when slicing any pie topped with a meringue,  dipping the knife in hot water will help make a clean cut.

You can also use the shredded, sweetened coconut commonly found in grocery stores if you like; I just find that the finely grated, unsweetened kind gives it a better flavor and texture (and it won’t get stuck in your teeth!).

Coconut Cream Pie

serves 8

1 – 9″ baked pie shell

Custard:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1 tablespoon butter

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup finely grated, unsweetened coconut

Meringue:

4 egg whites, at room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Whisk together the sugar, flour and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, beat egg yolks well. Add the vanilla to the milk and add to the eggs, alternating with the flour mixture, stirring or whisking constantly.

Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat; when mixture begins to thicken, add butter, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. When the mixture reaches pudding consistency, remove from heat.  Pour into cooled pie crust; set aside.

For the meringue, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they begin to form form soft peaks. Add sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and cream of tartar, and beat until stiff, but not dry.  Spread over the warm custard, sprinkle with a little more coconut, and bake in 400 F oven for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the meringue is browned.

Cool completely before serving.

Variations:

Banana Cream Pie – substitute banana flavoring or extract and 2 cups thinly sliced bananas.  Tossing the banana slices in a little lemon juice will help prevent browning.

Chocolate Cream Pie – When combining the flour and sugar, add 3 -4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and substitute pure vanilla extract in the custard.  A generous pinch of cinnamon will take this right over the edge.


5 comments

Grrr….I hate you. *wink*

Banana cream pie is my absolute favorite but with whipped cream instead of meringue.

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Lori says:

I totally get you and your feelings on living in the snow and cold. We just got more snow and now it is extremely cold…cold enough to have school start late and for the school to close the nursery(that I run)today so I get a free day home. This cold is suppose to continue for the rest of the week but warmer weather…a heat wave is coming(might reach 30)! So yeah you might hear me bitch a little about this weather until spring comes again.

This pie sounds divine!

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Di says:

You know, to this day I STILL have to scrape the meringue off the top… just can’t get past the gooey texture of it. But the pie itself sounds great

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal

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Coconut Cream Pie is most definitely NOT on my JUST STARTED YESTERDAY SOUTH BEACH DIET! But I send you warm, sunny wishes anyway! Someday……………I will attempt to make this pie as it is a favorite of mine and MHS too. But for now it’s off limits. I did make your chili this weekend. I just might post about it.

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SSG says:

I think I sometimes want to go to the tanning booth just to get some UVs on my skin during the winter, today we have thick fog and ice. But in 2 weeks I am going on holiday to india, so it’s not all bad. I wouldn’t mind actually being snowed in at home this week, all duvet and films and comfort food with MrC… but if you have to work and live in sub zero and snow every day for months, I guess it can get pretty repetetive and unexciting…

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