Any Kermit the Frog fans out there?? The entire time I was making this pie I had his deep little voice singing the Harry Nilsson song Coconut. Really it has little to do with the flavor of this pie. The only part of that song that is relevant to this post is the coconut. Which brings me to this announcement… The pie of the day is…. Coconut cream!
This one is mainly for my dad. He is a huge coconut fan and has been begging me for a coconut cream pie since he moved here a year ago. Getting me to make a pie is nearly impossible. Especially if it’s coconut. I am not a huge fan of big flakes, so I did some research and found out that you can purchase finely shredded coconut! Smaller bits of that flakey goodness means less of a texture issue with yours truly, and one amazing custard based pie!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whole milk
- 4 egg yolks, beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
- 1 9 inch pie shell, baked
- Whisk together your sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sauce pan. Slowly whisk in the milk. Heat and stir until it reaches a soft boil. Continue cooking for two minutes stirring frequently. Remove from the heat when it is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat.
- Pour one cup of the heated milk mixture in with you eggs. Whisk until just combined. Slowly stir the eggs back into your custard. Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Cook for an additional two minutes.
- Immediately pour your custard mixture through a strainer into a medium bowl. Mix in the butter, vanilla, and coconut. Pour into your prepared pie crust.
- Chill overnight and enjoy with a little whipped cream
I decided to go a little farther and put on a meringue. I took the four egg whites that were left over and whipped them until foamy, mixed in six tablespoons of sugar and continued to beat until fluffy. Spread the meringue over your pie and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Make sure you watch closely so it doesn’t burn.
In case you haven’t heard the wonderful Kermit version of Coconut…