Coconut Custard Pie

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 45m
  • Rating ****

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


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.

RecID 2409

nutrition information per serving

514 calories; 33g total fat; 166mg cholesterol; 302mg sodium; 48g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 7g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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