Friday, June 3, 2011

Coconut Cream Pie

I had recently made a french coconut pie, it was good...but way too sweet for us and I realized I just preferred a creamy coconut pie. So today I was feeling a bit better,I was in the mood to cook, and I had several teenage boys coming for dinner and knew a sweet treat was in order. I decided I was not up to a lengthy process so I sat and wrote out this recipe after reading literally 100's of various coconut pie recipes. I guessed that the boys would not mind being my guinea pigs.  To start I decided to use a graham cracker crumb crust because it was quick and easy and I was not up to rolling out my own pastry. The second short cut I chose, was to make the custard in the microwave instead of standing and stirring at the stove.  To be honest neither of these short cuts were a negative to the final product which was really really good. I was disappointed I had no fresh coconut to work with (a rare find in our rural community) and so I had to work with the super sweet flaked baking coconut.I would have added a bit more sugar if I had fresh or unsweetened coconut. The boys gave it " 5 thumbs up" so I guess its a keeper!! Here you go...give it a whirl this weekend and let me know what you think!

Coconut Cream Pie

1 1/2 cups heavy cream (or if you prefer half & half)
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
4 tbl coconut cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 plus 2 tbl cornstarch
2 eggs plus 1 yolk
1/4 tea salt
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut (lightly toasted)
1 tea vanilla

In a large microwave safe combine first 7 ingredients whisk very well..microwave at 1 minute intervals until very thick. At this point stir in vanilla and 3/4 cups of the coconut.  Pour into graham cracker crust and refrigerate  until chilled and firm.  Top with your choice of homemade whipped cream(try it with a touch on coconut extract!) or cool whip..sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut...YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!


5 comments:

  1. Definitely a quicker version for a coconut cream pie, good sounding recipe and if it can cut down the kitchen process I also give thumbs up.

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  2. I am a fan of coconut cream pie. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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    http://www.simplygoodeating.com

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  3. Thanks for commenting! I figure less time in the kitchen on a hot day the better. Also if 5 teenage boys rave about a pie (verses inhaling it and moviing on lol) it must be a keeper!

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  4. Just what I need!It's too hot to spend time cooking in the kitchen, and I really love these cooking short cuts. Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. Anytime Alisa...I totally agree with you..its too HOT to do much baking.

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