Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Coconut Cream Pie

Remember that delicious-looking cocktail served in the quick crack coconut here?  There was a top half of that coconut (along with a spare) that I turned into the freshest, most delicious-tasting flaked coconut ever, by removing the shell and skin, breaking it into chunks, and shredding it in the food processor (though a box grater can be used as well).  What else could I do with such mounds of deliciousness than make a pie?
 It’s another recipe from that cookbook of cookbooks, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbookhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=ollapodrid-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1579654584, and was served to rave reviews last Sunday at a Father’s Day lunch.

Coconut Cream Pie

6 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
5 large egg yolks, beaten
2 cups half & half
21/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1-3/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 recipe graham cracker crust (recipe below), prebaked
1 recipe fresh whipped cream (recipe below)

Graham Cracker Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (made from about 16 crackers)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Fresh Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the sugar, salt, cornstarch, and egg yolks and whisk until well blended.

In a medium saucepan, heat the half & half to just under the boiling point. Whisk about 1 cup of the hot half & half into the egg yolk mixture to temper the yolks so they won't curdle, then, continuing to whisk, add the remainder of the half & half in a steady stream.

Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water) and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow filling mixture sit for 2 to 3 minutes to cool slightly, then whisk in the butter, vanilla, coconut extract, and 1 cup of the coconut. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard so that a skin does not form and allow to cool for about 30 minutes or until it reaches room temperature.

Spread the filling evenly in the prebaked pie shell. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip with whipped cream and pipe it over entire surface of pie. Then pipe the rest of the whipped cream on top in decorative swirls. (If you don't have a pastry bag, you can do both steps using a spatula). Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup of coconut on top of the whipped cream.

The pie is best served the same day, but it can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Graham Cracker Crust:
Position a rack in the lower third of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, blend together the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar.  Drizzle in the butter and mix with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened.  Press the mixture evenly over the bottom and about halfway up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool completely before filling.

Fresh Whipped Cream:
Using a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer), whip the cream on medium speed until it starts to thicken. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat until the cream holds nice soft peaks.

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Lisa said...

This looks SO good! Coconut cream pie is one of our favorites here! Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" :-)

Designs By Pinky said...

Coconut cream pie is my FAVORUTE but I am NO baker!! This sounds SOOOOO good.

Tracy Wood said...

What a beautiful pie. I really should use more coconut in my cooking/baking - I always forget about it! I took a peek at the cocktail served in the coconut shell - what fun that must have been!


Wow! What a great looking pie! I adore coconut in anything and this pie I am going to copy asap and of course make it soon. Thank you lovely lady. Have a wonderful week.

Rachel Page said...

Thanks for a great recipe! Such a delicious pie!