Planning to surprise your best friend with her favorite homemade coconut cream pie for a birthday, but you are having a hard-luck finding the perfect recipe for it? Well, no need to be disappointed. Making a delish coconut cream pie is not a very difficult task so do not stress out! We have for you the perfect creamy dreamy recipe of coconut pie that no one can keep hands off until its last bite.
Like a traditional coconut cream pie, this pie also has a custard-like base, topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut. The following recipe is absolutely the best I have tasted so far. For a fact, you would not want to order this dessert from a restaurant any more if you’ve tasted it. Yes! The recipe results are that devouring. Especially, if you a coconut lover, this recipe will throw you off your taste buds off guard and satisfy your all-time cravings.
What you’ll need:
The recipe requires basic pantry ingredients, so you don’t need to worry yourself with a grocery run. The recipe is reliable and simple especially for beginners. If you wish that the pie meets the highest standards of quality and taste, make sure to follow the exact proportion of ingredients.
Sweetened Flaked Coconut – Add 1 cup of it to amp up the coconut flavor in your cream filling. There is no such thing as too much coconut, isn’t it?
Half-and-half – Surely you want your coconut cream filling to be flavorful and creamy. Measure and add 3 cups of half and half to enrich the taste.
2 eggs – Crack open two medium-sized eggs in a bowl and beat it. Eggs are used in baking to achieve the benchmark smoothness and creaminess of batter. It helps emulsify all the dry ingredients.
White Sugar – Use ¾ cup of sugar in the recipe, which is the perfect amount of sweetness you need!
All-purpose flour – Using ½ a cup will add thickness and consistency.
Salt – Add ¼ teaspoons to give get the profound balance of sweetness in the batter. However, the salty taste should not override the pie’s sweetness.
Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon to enhance the flavor of your coconut cream.
1 (9 inch) Baked pie crust – If you are a beginner, it is advised that you use a store-bought pie crust, or blind bake your pie crust a night before.
Frozen Whipped Topping – Thaw 1 cup to be used for topping in the end. Topping will require you to unleash your artsy self.
How To Make Coconut Cream Pie Filling?
Once you have gathered all your ingredients, it’s time to put on your chef caps and become the master of your kitchen. Continue reading for a step by step tutorial!
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 °F or 175 °C.
Step 2: Toast the coconut.
Before working on the cream filling, it is recommended to toast your coconut. Toasted coconut really compliments the cream filling and adds a depth of flavor and chunkiness that you will enjoy. We will teach you the easiest method to do it. Take a baking tray and cover it with a baking sheet. Now evenly spread the coconut on it and leave it in the oven to bake for about 5 minutes. Toss and turn occasionally until its golden brown.
Step 3: Mix it all!
Now the next step is to ready your coconut cream filling. This will be done on a stove and will require a medium-sized saucepan. Combine the half-and-half, beaten eggs, sugar, flour, and salt into the saucepan and mix well. Cook the mixture over a low flame and bring it to boil while stirring often. Continue stirring constantly, for an additional two minutes. Then remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract. The remaining coconut toasting will be used in topping.
Step 4: Pour into pie crust and refrigerate.
Pour the filling into the pie crust and leave it to chill in the refrigerator for about 4 hours until its firm.
Step 5: Decorate and present!
Your dessert is incomplete without this step. Once the pie is completely chilled it is ready for topping. Spread a layer of frozen whipped cream on the top surface and add toasted coconut on it.
Congratulations! The coconut cream pie is ready to satisfy your taste buds. Leave it in the refrigerator until it’s time to present this delicacy in front of your guests.
Best Coconut Cream Pie Success Tips:
- To get guaranteed results, follow the recipe inch by inch and make sure your measurements are accurate.
- Do not stop stirring the mixture until you feel that all ingredients are well combined.
- Use a good quality vanilla essence, as it plays an important role in adding flavor and aroma.
- Allow the filling to chill and settle down before topping it with cream. Hastiness will only ruin your hard work as the pie will completely fall apart.
- Before serving coconut cream pie make sure to chill because no one likes a warm coconut pudding.
What’s in it for weight watchers?
You don’t have to sacrifice your cravings of coconut cream pie if you are on a diet. This recipe is light and can easily be modified for people trying to lose weight. As a substitute for sugar you can easily use stevia, or any other non-fattening sweetener allowed in your diet. Use fat-free whipped cream instead of the regular one. Also you can savor the deliciousness of this coconut cream pie by limiting your portion size and keep your calories in check.
We hope that this recipe helped you throughout the process. It is one of the simplest recipes you will ever find and after one successful attempt there is no going back. You will crave for a bite after bite for its perfect in sweetness enhanced by the nuttiness of toasted coconut. It is a kind of recipe that you would swear by and pass on to your generations.
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