Our aunt Susie makes the absolute BEST coconut cream pie. The first time I tasted it, I was tempted to hide in the pantry and eat the entire thing. Obviously I didn’t (mostly because there was a house full of witnesses), but I really, really wanted to. Anyway, while the recipe I’m sharing today isn’t exactly the one she uses, it’s a close second. Also, by baking it myself, I didn’t have to fantasize about smuggling this perfectly creamy coconut cream pie into a closet in order to stuff my face. I simply ate it right out of the dish.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
For the dough:
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (plus more to roll)
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter, cold and diced into cubes
- 6 Tbsp ice water
- Pinch of salt
For the filling:
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
For the meringue:
- 4 egg whites
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
Here’s what you’ll do:
- In a food processor, add flour, sugar and salt and pulse until well combined. Add cubed butter and pulse until crumbs form (mixture will still be somewhat dry/powdery). Add ice water and pulse until clumps form. Transfer dough onto a clean surface and gather into a ball. Divide dough into two balls, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400° Roll out one ball of chilled pie dough onto lightly floured surface until you have a 12” circle (freeze the second ball of pie dough for another day). Transfer to a 9” pie dish. Poke holes into the bottom of crust with a fork. Line the pie crust with parchment paper. Fill with pie weights or dried beans evenly. Bake about 20-25 minutes (crust will not be fully baked – that is ok).
- Reduce oven to 325° Separate egg yolks from whites, saving whites for meringue.
- In a medium saucepan, whisk 1 cup of sugar with cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a medium bowl, beat yolks with a fork. Gradually stir in hot milk mixture. Transfer egg yolk mixture back into saucepan. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup coconut, butter and 1 tsp vanilla.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla and cream of tartar. With an electric mixer, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add ½ cup sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Pour warm egg yolk mixture over pie crust. Spread meringue over mixture, all the way to the edge of crust. Sprinkle with ½ cup coconut.
- Bake 20 minutes, or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool on rack 1 hour, then chill for minimum 3 hours before serving.
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