Try this version of an all-time favorite coconut pie! It certainly made the grade
at a state fair pie competition.
1 Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk, shaken well
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sweetened shredded or flaked coconut, toasted
1 cup whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split (or 1 teaspoon vanilla)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 large egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into four pieces
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, well chilled
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons dark rum (or 1 teaspoon vanilla)
1/4 cup sweetened shredded or flaked coconut, toasted
1 ounce white chocolate, shaved
Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
Unroll pie crust onto cooking parchment or wax paper.
Brush a small amount of coconut milk onto dough (just enough to moisten it).
Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of
the toasted coconut evenly on dough, then press it lightly into dough, just enough
to make it stick.
Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon toasted coconut onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate, then
form dough into plate.
Prick bottom and side with fork.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool.
Heat the remaining coconut milk, the whole milk, 1/2 cup toasted coconut, vanilla
bean, 1/3 cup of the sugar and the salt to a simmer in 2-quart saucepan over medium
heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes to dissolve sugar.
In a separate large bowl, with whisk, beat the egg yolks, remaining 1/3 cup sugar
and the cornstarch until well combined.
Gradually beat the simmering liquid into
the yolk mixture to temper it, then return the entire mixture to saucepan, scraping
the bowl with a rubber spatula. Discard vanilla bean.
Heat the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, beating constantly with whisk,
5 to 6 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
Remove from heat; beat in the coconut extract and butter.
Pour into the cooled
crust; press a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the filling and
refrigerate until the filling is cold and firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, beat the cream and sugar in a chilled bowl using electric
mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form.
Add the rum and continue to beat until
slightly stiff peaks are formed.
Spread or pipe the whipped cream over the chilled filling.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup toasted coconut and shaved chocolate over the top.
Store in the refrigerator.
After opening, bagged coconut is best stored for only up to 6 months.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft)
Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Serving) Calories 580 (Calories from
Fat 370), Total Fat 41g (Saturated Fat 27g, Trans Fat 1/2g), Cholesterol 190mg;
Sodium 270mg; Total Carbohydrate 47g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 29g), Protein 5g
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 8 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 3
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Recipe by Angie Battle, Des Moines, Washington, State Fair Pie Competition 2010