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My all-time favorite recipe...Coconut Cream Pie from Cooks Illustrated
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Posted to Thread #22174 at 8:32 pm on May 27, 2012
Plus, the crust is so amazingly crunchy (even the 3rd day) that I've used it in other pies. The cream filling is very 'coconutty' too.
COCONUT CREAM PIE
Makes one 9-inch pie, serving 8 to 10. Published May 1, 2004.
Light coconut milk lacks rich coconut flavor, so skip it in favor of regular coconut milk.
6 ounces animal crackers
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled
14 ounces coconut milk (1 can)
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3/8 teaspoon table salt
5 large egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 2 pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped Cream and Garnish
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (cold)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut , toasted in a small dry skillet until golden brown
1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. In food processor, pulse animal crackers, coconut, and sugar to fine crumbs, eighteen to twenty 1-second pulses; then process until powdery, about 5 seconds. Transfer crumbs to medium bowl and add butter; stir to combine until crumbs are evenly moistened. Empty crumbs into 9-inch glass pie plate; using bottom of ramekin or 1/2 cup dry measuring cup, press crumbs evenly into bottom and up sides of pie plate. Bake until fragrant and medium brown, about 15 minutes, rotating pie shell halfway through baking time. Set on wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
2. For the filling: Bring coconut milk, whole milk, shredded coconut, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that sugar dissolves. Following illustrations 1 through 6, whisk yolks, cornstarch, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Whisking constantly, gradually ladle about 1 cup hot milk mixture over yolk mixture; whisk well to combine. Whisking constantly, gradually add remaining milk mixture to yolk mixture in 3 or 4 additions; whisk well to combine. Return mixture to saucepan and cook until thickened and mixture reaches boil, whisking constantly, about 1 minute; filling must boil in order to fully thicken. (To determine whether filling has reached boil, stop whisking; large bubbles should quickly burst on surface.) Off heat, whisk in butter and vanilla until butter is fully incorporated. Pour hot filling into cooled pie shell and smooth surface with rubber spatula; press plastic wrap directly against surface of filling and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 12 hours.
3. For the whipped cream: Just before serving, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until soft peaks form, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Top pie with whipped cream and then sprinkle with coconut. Cut pie into wedges and serve.
Link: Cook's Illustrated - Coconut Cream Pie
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Other messages in this thread:
- 22174. Bub is making coconut cream pie today. I found this recipe on Zaar [LINK] - Dawn_MO - 3:02pm on 05/27/12 (29)
- Like you said. Canned, full-fat (not "lite") coconut milk. - Michael in Phoenix - 3:19pm on 05/27/12
- Thanks, Michael! [NT] - Dawn_MO - 3:23pm on 05/27/12
- Amended my post and added some text. You're welcome. [NT] - Michael in Phoenix - 3:27pm on 05/27/12
- It is a little confusing, - Dawn_MO - 3:36pm on 05/27/12
- P.S. I am very close on the carne asada recipe. - Dawn_MO - 3:52pm on 05/27/12
- Sounds good, but no citrus? I think that may be your missing link. [LINK] - Michael in Phoenix - 6:14pm on 05/27/12
- I will give some citrus a try next time. I can't find flank steak out here - Dawn_MO - 7:11pm on 05/27/12
- This sounds more like teriyaki beef than carne asada [NT] - cheezz - 8:37pm on 05/27/12
- I've been places where fajitas tasted like teriyaki too. [NT] - Melissa Dallas - 3:17am on 05/28/12
- You don't use that much soy sauce. - Dawn_MO - 12:21pm on 05/28/12
- Keep in mind a can of coconut milk is almost 2 cups. Plus another 1 1/2 cups cream... - Michael in Phoenix - 6:10pm on 05/27/12
- But one 398 ml can coconut milk is more like 1 2/3 cups... - ErininNY - 6:43pm on 05/27/12
- That is how I read it too. Thanks everyone! [NT] - Dawn_MO - 7:08pm on 05/27/12
- 13 1/2 ounces. I thought it was like a standard 15 to 15.5 ounce can. I stand corrected. [NT] - Michael in Phoenix - 12:39am on 05/28/12
- My all-time favorite recipe...Coconut Cream Pie from Cooks Illustrated [LINK] - cheezz - 8:32pm on 05/27/12
- Oh, and I use Thai coconut milk because it is thicker and more coconutty :) [NT] - cheezz - 8:33pm on 05/27/12
- The pies turned out really good. One of our dogs, did eat a pie crust, - Dawn_MO - 1:02pm on 05/28/12
- ? Charlie posted a Gale Gand Coconut Pie recipe a while back and the cooled crust was painted... - Barbara in VA - 2:38pm on 05/28/12
- Barb, I made the coconut pie that Charlie posted - SusanKentfieldCa - 5:54pm on 05/28/12
- Susan so good to see you! Thanks for the tip on the pie. Guess I would have eventually - Barbara in VA - 1:05pm on 05/29/12
- I think it would work if the filling were cooled before putting it on top of the chilled chocolate - MarilynFL - 3:18pm on 05/29/12
- No, it doesn't mix with the coconut...unless you were to stir it :) [NT] - cheezz - 4:48am on 05/30/12
- I used charlie's post w/ the Gale Gand Coconut Cream Pie REC & chocolate painted crust [LINK] - wigs - 7:47pm on 05/30/12
- Ok. Just for fun: remember the old Gilligan's Island shows where they made... - Michael in Phoenix - 3:01pm on 05/28/12
- Don't remember the episode, But, always liked the professor! : ) [NT] - barb_b - 3:48pm on 05/28/12
- The recipe is here, but the site design may zap your eyeballs. ;) [NT] [LINK] - ErininNY - 4:09pm on 05/28/12
- You weren't kidding about that! I shut it down as fast I could. [NT] - Dawn_MO - 4:43pm on 05/28/12
- I had a piece of this today, and it was much better after sitting - Dawn_MO - 10:37pm on 05/28/12