Well, I'm not quite sure why I haven't posted the recipe for my mother's Coconut Cream Pie... it's probably the most requested recipe of mine, and I would assume hers. Full disclosure, and I know my mother would approve, I've tweaked her recipe a bit for my use... the most noticeable by adding shaved white chocolate to the topping... like lots of shaved white chocolate. The one or two other simple tweaks will remain my little secret.
I don't make this coconut cream pie often for myself, simply because I can't trust myself. The whole thing will be gone in less than 24 hours if left alone with this delicious creature. I hope you enjoy... this is one of those family recipes of mine with a lot of memories behind it; Cheers to your new memories!
COCONUT CREAM PIE
1 CUP SUGAR
1/2 CUP CORNSTARCH
1 QT. HALF AND HALF
8 EGG YOLKS
6 TABLESPOONS BUTTER ( I use salted butter, otherwise add A light pinch of salt. This brings out the flavor more.)
3 TEASPOONS GOOD VANILLA EXTRACT
1 TABLESPOON COCONUT EXTRACT
2 CUPS FLAKED COCONUT, PLUS EXTRA TOASTED COCONUT TO GARNISH
1 REFRIGERATED PIE CRUST, OR TWO DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF YOUR PIE DISH. Of course you can make your favorite pie crust recipe.
FRESH WHIPPED CREAM TO TOP
TOASTED COCONUT and WHITE CHOCOLATE CURLS TO GARNISH
1. BAKE YOUR PIE SHELL ACCORDING TO ACCOMPANYING DIRECTIONS, OR MAKE YOUR OWN PIE CRUST RECIPE. REMOVE FROM THE OVEN AND LET COOL.
2. COMBINE CORNSTARCH AND SUGAR IN A HEAVY SAUCEPAN. COMBINE EGG YOLKS AND HALF/HALF. ADD TO CORNSTARCH AND SUGAR, AND SLOWLY BRING TO A BOIL. SCRAPE DOWN SIDES OFTEN, CAREFUL NOT TO “SCRAMBLE” THE PUDDING.
3. ONCE THE PUDDING IS COOKED, STIR IN BUTTER PIECES, VANILLA, AND COCONUT EXTRACT. FOLD IN THE FLAKED COCONUT.
4. POUR AND FILL THE PRE BAKED PIE CRUST. LET COOL, THEN REFRIGERATE. *
5. TOP WITH WHIPPED CREAM, SHAVED WHITE CHOCOLATE, AND TOASTED COCONUT BEFORE PRESENTING.
*To keep the pie shell dry and flakey, chill the pudding mixture separately in a bowl, then spoon into the pie shell.
* May be made the day before. Prepare as directed, add the fresh whipped cream before you’re ready to serve or present, then garnish.