Monday, January 22, 2007

Coconut Creme Pie

Elaina made this lovely pie for Mark’s 22nd birthday. I believe this picture is from the time that I made one for his 20th. I'm starting to think that Mark likes coconut creme pie.
The above variety has a meringue topping & toasted coconuts. Here’s the recipe for the one Elaina made. See the picture bellow, and I will confirm that this is a goddess of a pie, cream on crème with just enough coconut to give it something to write home about.

1 9” Baked pie crust (again a cookie crust is easier but a baked traditional crust is better if you want a meringue topping)

4 large egg yolks, beaten (in a medium sized bowl)
½ c sugar
¼ c cornstarch
½ tsp salt
3 c milk
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla (or almond essence)
1 c flaked coconut (keep ¼ of this aside for topping)
1 c whipped cream (to top, or use 3 egg whites from the 4 above to make a meringue with ¼ c sugar added 1 tbsp at a time till you have stiff peaks, cover pie & bake for 3-4 min at 200c, or till golden brown)

The process for a cream pie is pretty standard. Cook the milk, cornstarch & sugar till boiling in a 2L saucepan, boil for 1 min, mix ½ into the egg yolks till blended, put the yolk mixture back into the saucepan & bring it to a boil for another minute. Take off the stove add butter, vanilla & ¾ c coconut. Pour into shell, cover filling with saran wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hrs, till set. Add whip cream or meringue topping, sprinkle with toasted coconut & eat with great gusto & joy.

Note: if you’ve got bananas then go for the “banana crème” variation. Nix the coconut. Slice 2 bananas into the bottom of the pie crust before pouring in the filling. Top with whip cream & more banana slices. (if you can handle that much banana)

Better yet turn it into a chocolate crème pie. Add a few tbsp coco powder in the first step, 2 extra tbsp of sugar & 1 extra tbsp of butter. TADA!!! Stop me please, before I get carried away!


Elaina said...

My fav for sure. Great tasting stuff.


Nina said...

Looks delicious. I can't remember if I ever had it, though.

Florence said...

AHHH Banana cream pie is one of my favorite things into the whole wide world. My darling, my fantasy, what you do to me sends me to heaven. (That's what you call diabolical twisting of LJ lyrics to suit selfish purposes)
AHHHHHHH I'm drooling and I can't help it. What a gross defect.

Ruth Cortejos said...

Ooooh that looks delicious!