Coconut Cream Pie

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I’m a little sad that Pie Week is over already; I feel like I was just getting started! All good things must come to an end though, especially since our Thanksgiving guests are also going to want to enjoy dinner along with all of these pies. I actually made this last pie for my dad, since I was sure that his favorite cream pie is coconut. But, when I called my mom a couple days ago to talk Thanksgiving details and double-check about the pie, it turns out that he doesn’t care much for coconut at all…banana cream is his actual favorite! Luckily for me, this is the one pie I didn’t freeze, since I wasn’t sure how well it would defrost…so I’ll change it up for Thanksgiving and make a banana cream pie the day before instead. Crisis averted!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Pie Week as much as I have! Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back next week with a recipe for sweet potato casserole and a few of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Recipe adapted from the Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook.

  • 1 pie crust
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Roll out the pie crust to 1/8″ thick. Place in a pie dish and crimp the edges, if desired.

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper on the crust and then fill the crust with pie weights, dried beans, or dried rice. Blind bake the crust for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before filling.

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In the meantime, make the filling. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.

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Stir in the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Boil for one minute longer, continuing to stir. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Temper the yolks with some of the cornstarch mixture. Once tempered, pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan and whisk to combine with the cornstarch mixture. Boil one minute and then remove from the heat. Stir in the butter, vanilla, and 3/4 cup of the coconut.

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Pour the filling into the pie crust and then press plastic wrap directly to the surface of the filling to prevent a film from forming on the top. Refrigerate at least two hours or until set.

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In a medium bowl, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and sprinkle the remaining coconut on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake 4 minutes. Stir with a fork and then bake 1-2 minutes longer or until lightly browned.

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Once the filling has set, remove the plastic wrap from the pie. Top the pie with the whipped cream and the sprinkle on the toasted coconut. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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26 Responses to “Coconut Cream Pie”

  1. 1 Maria Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Gorgeous! I love coconut! You are the pie master!

  2. 2 Veronica Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Looks delicious, I love coconut! Can’t wait to try!

  3. 3 Sheila Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Oh my dad would love this pie! Happy Pie Week!

  4. 4 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    coconut cream is one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite pie. gorgeous!

  5. 5 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I want this pie for breakfast, let alone Thanksgiving or Christmas!

  6. 6 Angela @ The Dancer Bakes Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have got to make this for my fiancé – this is his absolute favorite pie! What a great lineup of pies this week, Tracy :)

  7. 7 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Yum!! This pie looks amazing. I definitely need to give it a try very soon!

  8. 8 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    This pie is making me want to have pie for lunch. And, since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I am thinking that pie for lunch sounds very acceptable. :)

  9. 9 JulieD Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Oh my…I want to make a coconut cream pie ASAP because of your pictures!

  10. 10 Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly) Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    All of your pie pans are so pretty. Where do you find them? :) Also…coconut pie is on my list and seems to keep popping up in my world lately. I may have to make it asap!

  11. 11 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This is a childhood favorite of mine. I never realized how easy it was to make.

  12. 12 Jessica Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Beautiful pie!!

  13. 13 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Don’t be sad that Pie Week’s over; there’s always next year!

  14. 14 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love coconut cream pie! I worked at a diner in high school that made a killer coconut cream pie and enjoyed far too many slices :)

    Looks delicious!

  15. 15 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I adore coconut! This looks great!

  16. 16 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Coconut pie was my mom’s go-to pie when I was growing up. I have to give her this to try.

  17. 17 Katrina Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make this pie for a while. Yours looks awesome. Great recipe!

  18. 18 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Ahhh coconut! I never have anything coconut and always want to eat it more, so good!!

  19. 19 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Coconut cream pie is my favorite, so you can send that pie my way if your dad isn’t going to enjoy it ;)

    Thanks for doing pie week, it was fun to follow along!

  20. 20 Susan Says:
    November 19th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I love coconut cream pie but no one else in my family does. So its better for me just to look at your delicious pictures.

  21. 21 Beth Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    All those pies — I’m really impressed!

  22. 22 Aimee @ Simple Bites Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Pie week has been FUN! PS. I can’t quit. Posting another pie recipe tomorrow.

  23. 23 Jenna Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I love all things coconut, and this pie looks so tempting!

  24. 24 Jamie | My Baking Addiction Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I haven’t had coconut cream pie in ages – this looks absolutely perfect!

  25. 25 Always Wright Says:
    November 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I’ll bake this for New Year’s and I’m sure I will be making it many times after that! Coconut is a favorite around here!

  26. 26 Debby P. Says:
    March 15th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I made this for last Thanksgiving and it was a total hit! My youngest nephew – age 15 gazed longingly at it until we ate it – his was the first gone. I am going to make it again now to initiate my new emile henry pie plate. Thanks for a great recipe.

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