Monday, November 18, 2013

{Pie Week} Coconut Cream Pie

In less than 2 weeks, Thanksgiving will be among us and that means it's time for baking pies! In my world, pie is the official dessert of Thanksgiving. The wonderful thing about pie is that there is so many different types! You can make something as simple as the traditional pumpkin or pecan pie, or go all out and crazy with non-traditional pies....for example, this coconut cream pie!


The men in my life LOVE cream pies. My dad loves coconut cream pie and my husband and father-in-law are big fans of banana cream pie. The great thing about this recipe is that you can switch out the coconut for bananas and make either pie! Personally, I'm on Team Coconut Cream Pie, but I won't turn down any slice of pie that is placed in front of me!

I must tell you, the only reason I can make a decent pie crust at all or make this gorgeous coconut cream pie is because of my fabulous mother-in-law, Julie. She is the queen of pie! Her pies are famous in Dusty's home town and people pay big bucks for her amazing pies, and rightfully so. They are amazing! Lucky for me, she has taken me under her wing over the years and has taught me the ways of the pie and pie crust. I'm slowly getting there with my pie crust and hopefully someday my pies will be as legendary!


Call me crazy, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, I'm not a fan of the traditional pumpkin pie. I was the high maintenance kid in the family that refused to eat pumpkin pie and only wanted apple pie. Which is funny because not a lot of my family members liked apple pie. They would go out and by an apple pie from Perkins and I was the lucky kid who had an entire pie to myself on Thanksgiving. If you ask me, I was the smart one....they all had to share a pumpkin pie, and I had a whole apple pie to myself! My current favorite apple pie is this Gooey Apple Pie. So good!


Whether you are making pumpkin, apple or coconut cream pie.....pie is delicious!!!! A flaky crust with any filling of your choice. What can be better? That is why I'm excited to share with you on "Pie Week" all things pie with these fantastic variations of pie from my favorite bloggers!

~Monday~
{Hill Country Cook}- New Mexico Apple Pie
{From My Sweet Heart}-Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie
{The Girly Girl Cooks}- Coconut Cream Pie
{Comfortably Domestic}-Mile High Apple Pie

~Tuesday~
{Inside NanaBread's Head}-Black & White Coconut Tart
{Le Petite Pancake}-Pineapple Pie
{The Grommom}-Papaya Pie

~Wednesday~
{Tenaciously Yours}-Grandma's Chocolate Pie
{Bakeaholic Mama}-Chocolate Cream Pie
{Comfortably Domestic}-Maple Sweet Potato Pie

~Thursday~
{Pineapple & Coconut}-Boozy Pumpkin Eggnog Pie
{Bakeaholic Mama}-Sweet Potato Tartlets
{Buffy & George}-Deep Dish Apple Pie

~Friday~
{Munching in the Mitten}-Sweet Potato Pie
{Decadent Philistines Save the World}-Refrigerator Pumpkin Porter Chocolate Pie with Toasted Pumpkin Marshmallow "Meringue"
{Climbing Grier Mountain}-Mini Butternut Squash Pie Stacks with Marshmallow Frosting

~Saturday~
{Wannabe A Country Cleaver}-Biscoff Pie with Whiskey Mallow Fluff
{Comfortably Domestic}-Berry Cherry Pie


Coconut Cream Pie
{Serves 8}

-1 (9 inch) baked Pie Crust
-2/3 cup Sugar
-1/3 cup Cornstarch
-1/2 tsp Salt
-3 cups Whole Milk
-4 Egg Yolks-slightly beaten
-2 tbsp Butter
-2 tsp Vanilla Extract
-1 cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut-divided
-1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
-1 tsp Vanilla
-2 tbsp Sugar

In a saucepan, stir together the 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. In a bowl, blend the milk and egg yolks together; gradually stir into the sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and begins to boil. Once the pudding mixture starts to boil, allow it to boil for exactly 1 minute and continuously stir.

Remove the pudding from the heat and add in the butter and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Stir together until blended. Press plastic wrap onto the filling in the saucepan and allow the pudding to cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature, stir 3/4 cup of coconut flakes into the pudding. Set aside. In a stand mixer, combine the heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbsp sugar. Beat over medium speed until soft peaks form. Set aside.

To toast the coconut, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and sprinkle 1/4 cup of coconut on a small baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes until the coconut become golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

Pour the coconut pudding pie filling into the baked pie crust and chill the pie for 2 hours with the plastic wrap pressed over the pudding. After 2 hours and when the pie is chilled, top it with the whipped cream and sprinkle the toasted coconut on top.

ENJOY! Happy Pie Week!

For the Banana Cream Pie version: Line the baked pie crust with 3 sliced bananas. Pour the pudding mixture (without coconut) over the bananas and top with the whipped cream.

Recipe By: Julie Ahrens

21 comments:

  1. Are cream pies a guy thing? Because The Complete Package's two favorite pies are also banana cream and coconut cream. I'm still voting "Pie for All" because I love them, too. I'm so happy you were able to join us for Pie Week, Haley! Now pass me a fork...

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    1. I love the idea of "pie for all" because I love all types of pie as well! I'll pass you a fork if you pass me a shovel! ;)

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  2. LOVE this pie, Haley and I was thinking of making a coconut cream pie. I love traditional pies for the holidays..but I really love non traditional pies. And this one is a beauty! I'm going to be searching your blog for your pie crust recipe...it looks perfect! A ton of coconut is the fabulous way to kick off pie week! : )

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  3. This pie looks amazing!! Can't wait to try it! Pinning! :)

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  4. This looks perfect! Coconut cream pie is probably my favorite.

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  5. I am licking my chops after seeing that coconut cream pie! I love it too, but in my family it is pumpkin, so I get a Mrs. Smith coconut custard for myself (ok, I share if I have to....)

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  6. coconut cream was always my grandmothers favorite - I've actually never made one, but yours looks terrific

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  7. This looks delicious! I think I've only had coconut cream pie once, probably time to change.

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  8. I adore a good coconut cream pie! I'm so glad that you could join us for Pie Week. I expect that once you're done with school, you'll be spending all your free time mastering pie at the side of your MIL. How fun!

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    1. I'm so glad I could join in for pie week too! I have missed blogging and connecting with you ladies so much. Believe me, when I get out of school, my kitchen is getting put to work!

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  9. What a fabulous pie! I've never made a coconut cream pie - now I will!
    mary x

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  10. I finally had my first coconut pie earlier this year, and I am HOOKED. My husband does NOT like cream pies, so I'm not sure what's wrong with him, but this would be awesome to make for a special occasion. We are not pumpkin pie people in this house, although the rest of the family is. Looks gorgeous, H!

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  11. Yum! I had my first coconut pie this year and was hooked! Husband - not a fan of cream pies, but perhaps I could turn him with this.... ;)
    Of course, I could just keep it to myself, too...
    Regardless, this looks delicious, and I want to dive face first into it!

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  12. This pie looks like my dream come true! Looks absolutely magical!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful. This has to be one of my favorite desserts, and your pictures are lovely.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you love pie as much as I do!

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