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Coconut Custard Pie

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Diner
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Makes one 9-inch pie; serves 6-8
Since the early years of the 20th century, coconut cream pie has been enjoyed in lunchrooms, restaurants and diners across the country. If you like, use the unbaked graham cracker crumb crust used for the strawberry cheesecake in place of the prebaked pie crust.
1 prebaked pie crust
1 1/4 cups flaked coconut
For the Filling:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks
3 cups milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Topping:
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Prepare and bake the pie crust as directed and let cool.

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F .

Spread the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet with a rim. Bake, stirring several times, until golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

In a heavy nonaluminum saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch and salt and whisk to mix well. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until blended, then gradually whisk in the milk. Gradually whisk the egg mixture into the sugar mixture, whisking well to dissolve the cornstarch.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally over the bottom and to the edge of the pan. Switch to a whisk occasionally to prevent lumps from forming. Continue to cook, stirring constantly and whisking occasionally, until the mixture thickens and reaches a boil, 7-9 minutes longer. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then immediately remove from heat. Stir in the butter, vanilla and 1 cup (4 oz/120 g) of the toasted coconut. Immediately pour the filling into a bowl, press a piece of waxed paper directly onto the surface and let cool for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk the cream until semisoft peaks form. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and whisk until soft peaks form. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Pour the filling into the cooled crust and jiggle the dish until the filling is level. Cover and chill until ready to serve. To serve, mound the topping on the pie and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup toasted coconut. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes one 9-inch pie; serves 6-8
Calories: 514
Fat. Total: 33g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 48g
Sodium: 302mg
% Cal. from Fat: 58%
Cholesterol: 166mg
Protein: 7g
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Rating: 5
by: Ann, TX Reviewed: 07/12/2008
I just read the recipe and have not had a chance to make it. It sounds great, but my response is to the individual who said it is a cream not a custard. How else do you make custard if it is not with eggs, milk and sugar?
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