Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Cream Pie is my husband’s favorite pie. A delicious vanilla pudding flavored with sweetened coconut flakes and topped with a fluffy, light-as-clouds meringue.

I like making this pie from fall to spring, as it just goes perfectly with other comfort food recipes.

Ingredients Needed to Make Coconut Cream Pie

Pastry Ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • vegetable shortening
  • cold water, in 2 parts

Cream Filling Ingredients:

  • whole milk
  • granulated sugar, divided
  • salt
  • butter
  • egg yolks
  • cornstarch
  • vanilla extract
  • sweetened coconut flakes

Meringue Ingredients:

  • egg whites
  • vanilla extract
  • cream of tartar
  • granulated sugar
  • sweetened coconut flakes

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. To begin, gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Carefully separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Be sure not to get any yolk in with the whites, or it will be keep your egg whites from stiffening.

Prepare the Crust:

Preparing Crust for Pie

In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and salt. Using a blending fork, cut in shortening. Add water in two parts, mixing until ingredients form a nice dough. Divide in half. Using a rolling pin, roll out on a floured surface big enough to fit pie pan.

This recipe will make 2 crusts, so you can either make another cream pie (or pumpkin pie) or wrap and freeze it for later use. If I’m not making two pies, I will often use the extra dough to make quiche.

For this recipe crimp edges and poke tiny holes all around with fork. Blind bake pastry by lining crust with a sheet of crumpled waxed paper and then filling it with 2 cups of dried beans. Bake on lowest rack in oven for 20 minutes with beans. Remove beans and paper and bake for another 15-17 minutes until lightly brown.

Baking with the dried beans will keep your crust from shrinking, and baking on the lowest rack will ensure that your crust is fully baked before adding your pudding to it.

Preparing the Pudding:

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the whole milk, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, salt, and butter. Heat on medium high heat until butter begins to melt, for just a few minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together egg yolks, 1/4 cup remaining sugar, and cornstarch. Temper yolks with a 1/2 cup of the warm milk, slowly whisking until it thins.

Add yolk mixture to saucepan and cook on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and coconut flakes. Set aside while you make the meringue.

Prepare the Meringue:

In a large mixing bowl, add separated egg whites, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar. Beat together on medium speed for one minute. Gradually add granulated sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed for about 4 minutes. Mixture should form stiff glossy peaks.

Sometimes humidity in the air will effect the results of your meringue, causing it to be somewhat flat. If you’re experiencing high humidity, try refrigerating your egg whites to keep them cold until just before using.

Pour the coconut cream pudding into the baked pie pastry. Top with the meringue, carefully spreading to the edges of the pie so that the meringue touches the crust. I like to take my fork and gently tap around the top of the meringue to form peaks.

Meringue for Coconut Cream Pie

Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup coconut flakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned.

A perfect meringue will form spots of sugared caramel on top.

Cool and serve. To easily slice a cream pie with meringue, I like to dip my knife in a glass of water before each slice. This will help make clean cuts in the marshmallowy meringue. This recipe will serve 8 people.

Recipe for Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

Here's a delightful recipe for my husband's favorite pie. A delicious vanilla pudding flavored with sweetened coconut flakes and topped with a fluffy, light-as-clouds meringue. I like making this pie from fall to spring, as it just goes perfectly with other comfort food recipes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Comfort Food, Cream Pies, Meringue, Vanilla Pudding, Vegetable Shortening
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 57 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 37 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

Rolling Pin
Glass Pie Plates
Glass Measuring Cups
Mauviel Copper Pans

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water 2 parts

Cream Filling:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut flakes sweetened

Meringue:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes sweetened

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To begin, gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand. Carefully separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Prepare the Crust:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and salt. Using a blending fork, cut in shortening. Add water in two parts, mixing until ingredients form a nice dough. Divide in half. Roll out on a floured surface big enough to fit pie pan. Makes 2 crusts.
  • For this recipe crimp edges and poke tiny holes all around with fork. Blind bake pastry by lining crust with a sheet of crumpled waxed paper and then filling it with 2 cups of dried beans. Bake on lowest rack in oven for 20 minutes with beans. Remove beans and paper and bake for another 15-17 minutes until lightly brown.
    (Baking with the dried beans will keep your crust from shrinking, and baking on the lowest rack will ensure that your crust is fully baked before adding your pudding to it.)

Preparing the Pudding:

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together whole milk, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, salt, and butter. Heat on medium high heat until butter begins to melt.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together egg yolks, 1/4 cup remaining sugar, and cornstarch. Temper yolks with a 1/2 cup of the warm milk, slowly whisking until it thins.
  • Add yolk mixture to saucepan and cook for 4-5 minutes until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and coconut flakes. Set aside while you make the meringue.

Prepare the Meringue:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add egg whites, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar. Beat together on medium speed for one minute. Gradually add granulated sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed for about 4 minutes. Mixture should form stiff glossy peaks.
  • Pour the coconut cream pudding into the baked pie pastry. Top with meringue, carefully spreading to the edges of the pie so that the meringue touches the crust.
  • Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup coconut flakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. A perfect meringue will form spots of sugared caramel on top. Cool and serve. Serves 8.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg
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