Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
Classic coconut cream pie with a smooth rich custard topped with toasted shredded coconut. If you are a fan of coconut you must give this recipe a go, it is delicious!
- COCONUT CREAM:
- 1 can coconut milk
- Half-and-half or heavy cream (enough to add to the coconut milk to make 3 cups)
- 3 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 recipe graham cracker crust (recipe below) or traditional pie crust
- Fresh whipped cream, lightly sweetened
- GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST:
- 12 whole rectangular graham crackers
- 1 stick butter, melted and barely cooled
- 3 tablespoons sugar
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 25mins
Adapted from melskitchencafe.com
In a medium saucepan, combine half and half, coconut milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Mixture will become very thick. Remove from heat, and stir in coconut extract and the vanilla extract (at this point you can even stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut, even though, I prefer to use it all to garnish the top of the pie). Pour the custard into the baked and cooled pie shell and chill 2 to 4 hours or until firm. Top with whipped cream and the toasted coconut.
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Finely crush graham crackers in a food processor or in a Zip-loc bag with a rolling pin. Pour crumbs into a bowl and add sugar, stirring to combine. Drizzle butter over the top and blend with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press the crumbs evenly in the bottom and up the sides of a 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until the crust is just barely beginning to brown. Remove from oven and funky totally before filling.
*To toast coconut, spread coconut on rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake at 325°F, tossing often, until lightly toasted, about 12 to 15 minutes.