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Coconut Cream Pie: A Classic Dessert

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Coconut Cream Pie: A Classic Dessert

Introduction

Coconut Cream Pie is a timeless dessert that offers a perfect balance of creamy, sweet, and tropical

flavors. This luscious pie is made with a buttery crust, a rich coconut custard filling, and topped with a

generous layer of whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes. It’s an excellent choice for any occasion,

from family gatherings to festive celebrations. Here’s a comprehensive guide to creating this

delightful dessert from scratch.

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Ingredients

For the Pie Crust:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3-4 tablespoons ice water

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For the Coconut Custard Filling:

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

4 large egg yolks

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1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

For the Whipped Cream Topping:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

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1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Pie Crust

 

Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.

Cut in Butter: Add the cold, cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix until the

mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add Water: Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough begins to

come together.

Form Dough: Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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Roll Out Dough: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to fit a 9-inch pie dish. Transfer the

dough to the pie dish, trim and crimp the edges, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Blind Bake: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line the crust with parchment paper, fill with pie

weights or dried beans, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and parchment, and bake for

an additional 10 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool completely.

Step 2: Prepare the Coconut Custard Filling

 

Combine Milk and Sugar: In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut milk, whole milk, and

granulated sugar. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is hot but not boiling.

Mix Cornstarch and Egg Yolks: In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, egg yolks, and salt

until smooth.

Temper the Eggs: Gradually add a small amount of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking

constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.

Cook the Custard: Return the tempered egg mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat,

whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in the

vanilla extract and shredded coconut.

Chill the Custard: Pour the custard into the baked pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the

surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or

until the custard is fully set.

Step 3: Prepare the Whipped Cream Topping

 

Whip the Cream: In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract

until stiff peaks form.

Top the Pie: Spread the whipped cream over the chilled custard filling.

Step 4: Garnish and Serve

 

Toast Coconut Flakes: In a small skillet, toast the coconut flakes over medium heat until golden

brown, stirring frequently to avoid burning.

Garnish: Sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes over the whipped cream topping.

Serve: Slice and serve the Coconut Cream Pie chilled. Enjoy the creamy, tropical flavors with each bite.

Tips and Variations

 

Crust Alternatives: You can use a graham cracker crust or a store-bought pie crust if you’re short on

time.

Coconut Milk: For a richer flavor, use full-fat coconut milk.

Make-Ahead: The pie can be made a day in advance. Prepare the crust and filling, then refrigerate.

Add the whipped cream and toasted coconut just before serving.

Flavor Twist: Add a tablespoon of coconut rum to the custard for an extra layer of flavor.

Conclusion

 

Coconut Cream Pie is a delightful dessert that combines the richness of coconut custard with the

lightness of whipped cream and the crunch of toasted coconut flakes. Perfect for any occasion, this

pie is sure to impress your family and friends with its creamy texture and tropical taste. Follow this

recipe to create a Coconut Cream Pie that will become a favorite at your dessert table. Enjoy!

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