Coconut Cream Pie
Recipe from Midwest Living

Toasting the coconut for this creamy pie brings out a rich, nutty flavor. It's a favorite dessert any time of year.


Coconut Cream Pie

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 45 mins
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Ingredients
  • 2 2/3  cups 
    milk
  • 1   cup 
    sugar
  • 1/3  cup 
    cornstarch
  •  Dash 
    salt
  • 2   
    beaten eggs
  • 1   tablespoon 
    vanilla
  • 1 1/2  cups 
    coconut, toasted
  • 1   recipe 
    Baked Pastry Shell (see recipe below)
  •  
    Whipped cream (optional)
Baked Pastry Shell
  • 1 1/4  cups 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
  • 1/3  cup 
    shortening
  • 4 - 5   tablespoons 
    cold water

Directions
1.
Prepare Baked Pastry Shell. Cool. Meanwhile, for filling, in 2-quart saucepan, cook and stir the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt over medium-high heat until bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
2.
Gradually stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the beaten eggs. Return all of the mixture to the saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
3.
Sprinkle coconut into pastry shell. Top with filling. Cover with plastic wrap and chill about 3 hours or until set. To serve, dollop with whipped cream and sprinkle with additional coconut, if you like. Makes 8 servings.
Baked Pastry Shell
1.
Stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening dough, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until all the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edge into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired. Generously prick bottom and side of pastry in pie plate with a fork. Prick all around where bottom and side meet. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Variation
  • Butterscotch Cream Pie: Prepare pie as directed, except omit the coconut and add 1 cup butterscotch-flavored pieces to the filling with the vanilla, stirring until melted.
Variation
  • Cherry Cream Pie: Prepare pie as directed, except omit coconut and spread 1 cup of canned cherry pie filling in bottom of pastry shell.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 381, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 59, sat. fat (g) 8, carb. (g) 53, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 7, vit. A (RE) 52, vit. C (mg) 1, sodium (mg) 145, calcium (mg) 111, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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