Thursday, July 22, 2010

PieDay Friday-Coconut Cream Pie

Did you ever wonder how on Gilligan's Island, Mary Ann made those Coconut Cream Pies? I get that they had coconuts on the island but what about flour, butter, eggs, sugar, "and the rest" :) ?  It's the small things that bug me.

One thing that doesn't bug me is how amazing this Coconut Cream Pie is! It's rich, creamy and sinfully good! I use cream of coconut in lieu of coconut extract to create a really lucious filling that tastes fresh and natural. The coconut flavor isn't overpowering, nor is it subtle. It's the perfect balance of flavors that makes this one of my best pies yet. Sometimes a good old fashioned pie is all you need.

  • Make sure to stir the cream of coconut before using. The cream and coconut water often seperate in the can.
  • Cream of Coconut can be found on the international aisle of most super-markets. You will usually find it in a can near Hispanic foods as well as Thai or Asian items. Make sure you buy Cream of Coconut and not Coconut Milk though.
  • I brushed my unbaked pie crust with 1 tablespoon of cream of coconut before baking. It gave the crust a nice "coconutty" glaze.
  • When you first add the flaked coconut to the filling/pudding, the coconut will still be chewy. After the pie rests for a couple of hours, the chewiness fades to a near perfect consistency that blends well with the rest of the filling.
  • Make sure your egg whites are at room temperature before you beat them for the meringue. Cold eggs take longer to beat, and won't create as fluffy or voluminous a meringue.

Coconut Cream Pie

1 pre-baked 9" pie crust

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup cream of cocounut, stirred
4 egg yolks
1  teaspoon pure vanilla extract/paste
1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in egg yolks followed by the milk and cream of coconut. Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously until mixture thickens. Once mixture has thickened and comes to a low boil, continue cooking and whisking for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and flaked coconut. Pour hot filling into pre-baked pie crust. Make meringue immediately.


4 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/paste

In a large bowl beat egg whites until frothy, add cream of tartar and continue beating until mixture is thick and forms stiff peaks. Gradually add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating after (or during) each addition. Add vanilla and beat just enough to incorporate.
Spread over warm pie filling. Using fork tines or a knife, gently touch the top of the meringue and quickly lift up, leaving small peaks in a decorative fashion. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes or until the peaks are lightly brown or golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with toasted coconut (recipe below). Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours of overnight.

Toasted Coconut
1/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Arrange coconut on a baking sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes or until golden.

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Baby Boberg & Parents said...

That looks sooooo good!

Emily said...

Following back - my tummy is now growling and my diet isn't gonna be happy!! LOL

Bargain Mom said...

I'm not a baker, but I may have to attempt this one!
Happy FFF! Now following.

Jane said...

I have been craving a coconut cream pie for weeks! This recipe sounds perfect...I'll have to try it this weekend.
Thanks for sharing...
Jane (artfully graced)

Owen's Mom said...

Yum! Now I want to make a pie. Thanks for the inspiration.

Here from Friday Follow. come stop by my neck to the woods.

Amanda DeFelice said...

Oh How I LOVE Cocunut Creme Pie.....
Im you're newest follower from Fun Follow Friday! I look forward to reading your blog!

Amanda DeFelice said...

YUMM-O! I love CCP! will definitely bookmark this page b/c I'm addicted to coconut!
Im here from Fun Friday Follow....check out my

Jacqueline said...

Oh, this caught my attention and didn't disappoint. I am so excited to try this lucious recipe.

Sue said...

Oh Yum!!!! I am printing out that recipe for sure. Happy Blog Hop Friday. I'm your newest follower. :)

hancock said...

I luuuuuurve coconut! Stopping by from NFF.

Lisa said...

looks so yummy! Wish I could eat it! Visiting from saving money.

Design It Chic said...

I am already following you but i just though ti should drop by and say hello! Also we have a brand new blog-hop... no rules just fun and would love you to join in:) Oh and if you need any blog help or easy HTML tips, you know where to come!Happy Friday!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Mmmm, love love love coconut pie! Yours looks especially yummy!

Mother Nature said...

I have saved your recipe for our next treat.

Brianna! said...

Mouth watering????
That would be a Definite

ohhh how YUMMY this looks


Andrea said...

Stopping in from Follow Me, Chickadee Friday! MMMMM....COCONUT...MUST. HAVE. COCONUT.

lulumusing said...

Coconut cream pie is one of my top 3 favorite desserts so you can bet this is on the list of things to make. Thanks!

Christy {Home-Mom} said...

my aunt (2nd mommy) makes these and chocolate cream pies. mmmm i've not dared to try yet but I love your pie-day friday.
thank you for hopping with me and sharing the iFiH-badge

AliLilly said...

OH!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Coconut Cream pie my absolute FAV!!! I have never made it though! I can't wait to try now!!

p.s. I found you on Trendy Treehouse and I'm your newest follower!

Hootiebee said...

Newest Follower from Social Parade. I hope you can stop in and see me at

Michelle said...

Hmmm, I've always been intimidated by cream pies but I might just have to try this out!

Ms Bibi said...

That looks absolutely delicious. We are camping, but if I was home I would be making one right now.

I hopped over from 504 Main

Susieqtpies said...

Newest follower thanks to the Follow Friday blog hops!!! This pie looks DELISH! Please stop in and link it up to my recipes in my RECIPE TAB!!! Great way to get more followers!

Stop in!
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Kathiey said...

That looks wonderful, I will have to give it a try!
I found your blog on New Friend Friday.
Thanks for posting:-)

Susieqtpies said...

Thanks for the follow back and recipe link up! That is funny that you use to live in S. ILL! That is where I am! haha


Lauren said...

Thanks for participating today!!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Esther - TTBM said...

your new follower here!

what yummy looking recipes! I will try it soon!

The 3am Cloth Diaper Mama said...

Here from the blog hop! That picture made mee sooo hungry!!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

That looks so good

Have a few hours to blog hop....Love nights like this.......Hope you will stop giveaway on my holiday blog...A BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA!

Haupi said...

I'm a Gilligan's Island fan too! Great recipe -perfect for a friday. Already a follower - just poking my head in to say "Hi".


MessyMissy said...

Great photo of the meringue!! Thanks for the recipe. Yum!! :-)

Nan said...

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melissa joanne said...

I just hopped over, and YUM!!
I may just be inspired enough to make a pie with the coconut flakes I bought months ago for just this purpose : ) Thank you!!

tsue1136 said...

Looks wonderful!!

Stopping by from Friday Follow. Was already following you on GFC so am now following you on twitter as well!


Jerri said...

This is one of the only pies my hubby likes! (Quite a shame, since I love just about any pie!) Looks yummy!

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

BowWowPet said...

That looks delicious
I'm your newest follower :)

Holly said...

Can you believe I have never had a coconut cream pie...I always wanted to try one...especially one that Maryanne had made - my favorite show!

That Girl's Deals said...

Yum! Yum!! Way to make a gal hungry!

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