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Coconut Cream Pie

coconut cream pie

Hey all!  How’s everyone enjoying their summer so far?  I think it’s only technically been summer for a few days, but with the temperature it’s definitely longer than that to me.  Also, does anyone else think that it’s kind of weird that summer officially starts and then right away the days start getting marginally shorter?  Can’t we have the maximum amount of daylight we can possibly have for a month or two before sliding down again?  There’s a possibility I’m thinking about this too much. 😄

So to me summer is pie bringin’ time.  Nothing makes people smile like when you walk into a barbecue with a pie in your hands…unless, of course, you don’t have enough pie for everyone.  Then get ready for the stink eye. 😉

My last post was a pie post, and here we go again.  So how about we cut a huge slice of coconut cream pie and sit out on the grass?  Sound good?

coconut cream pie

I have a deep, heartfelt love for cream pies like this.  Something about creating the custard always makes me feel a little like a mad scientist, watching as the mixture thickens and you get closer and closer to tasty goodness.

This is a satisfying pie, a Twin Peaks diner kind of satisfying.  Maybe you’ll even want a cup of coffee that’s as black as midnight with it.  (I love that show.  Tell me I’m not alone on that).  Plus the whole thing is covered in toasted coconut.  Mmm.  And to think, there used to be a time when I didn’t like coconut.  Those days are long ago and far away.


coconut cream pie

(Recipe from Martha Stewart’s Pies & Tarts)

Coconut Cream Pie
  • Dough for one 9 inch pie crust
  • For filling:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2¾ cup whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • 1¼ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • For topping:
  • ½ cup sweetened shredded
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Roll out your dough, fit into a 9 inch metal pie pan, and flute. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork. Line with parchment paper and pie weights.
  3. Bake pie for 20 minutes. Remove crust from the oven, take out parchment paper and pie weights, and return crust to the oven for another 10 minutes, or lightly golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  4. To make the filling, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan.
  5. Whisk in milk, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture is bubbly and thick. This should take about seven minutes.
  6. Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl until combined.
  7. Add the milk mixture very slowly, whisking quickly so you don't scramble the eggs. Mix until completely incorporated.
  8. Place mixture back in the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until it comes back to a boil, about 1-2 minutes.
  9. If you'd like, strain the mixture through a fine mess sieve to remove any irregularities.
  10. Add in the coconut and vanilla, stirring until combined.
  11. Pour filling into cooled crust. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate until completely cooled, about 4 hours.
  12. For the topping, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  13. Spread coconut onto a sheet pan and bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes, stirring once to keep everything browning evenly. Set aside.
  14. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.
  15. Spread whipped cream over your pie, then sprinkle with toasted coconut.


{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Eva @ Eva Bakes June 25, 2016, 6:15 pm

    Man, I could go to town on that custard – looks irresistible!!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:43 am

      Haha! My thoughts exactly! Thanks, Eva!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 26, 2016, 6:32 pm

    One of my favorite types of pie – yours looks so delicious!!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:43 am

      Thanks so much, Pamela! And thanks for stopping by!

  • Mir June 27, 2016, 5:58 am

    Summer is definitely pie time. And this one looks heavenly. You know, I’ve never made a coconut cream before? You’re giving me all kinds of ideas here!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:45 am

      Coconut cream isn’t my top choice. I’m usually the chocolate gal. But everyone around here loves it…so give the people what they want, right? Plus, more chocolate pie for me!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 27, 2016, 6:14 am

    It definitely feels like summer to me. The weather has been hot and humid, which I don’t mind. And I’m loving lots of summer foods, too! This pie looks pretty, Amanda! Definitely perfect for coconut lovers!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:45 am

      Thanks, Gayle. It took me a long time to embrace coconut, but I’m finally there!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen June 27, 2016, 11:37 am

    Love coconut in my dishes. A pie can’t get any better. Easy, beautiful and delicious pie — just the way I like it!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:46 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary June 27, 2016, 2:01 pm

    If you brought this pie to my party I would definitely be smiling ear to ear! I LOVE a good coconut cream pie and this one looks DELISH!!! Seriously, I want to eat the whole thing. Sharing is over rated. 😉 Cheers, girlfriend!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:47 am

      Sharing definitely IS overrated, especially when it comes to pie. With pie I become as territorial as a lion. 😄

  • Manali@CookWithManali June 27, 2016, 6:16 pm

    I love coconut desserts so this pie is calling my name!!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:47 am

      Thanks so much, Manali!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks June 27, 2016, 8:41 pm

    Why oh why doesn’t summer last all year long?!?!? I’m kind of known for my tomato pie and that lights up the room when I show up with it. I totally think this coconut cream pie would be like Christmas lights in summer!

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:48 am

      Aww, thanks so much, Rachelle! And your tomato pie sounds fabulous. I need to try that soon!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker June 28, 2016, 4:38 am

    Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and there’s no better way to enjoy it than in pie form 😉

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:49 am

      Thanks, Megan! And to think, back when I was a kid I didn’t even like coconut! What was the deal there?! 😉

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop June 28, 2016, 6:11 am

    I love coconut cream pie. It’s one of those desserts I don’t think about making though. I don’t know why. Hmmmm…..I think I’d better make this soon! 🙂

    • Amanda June 28, 2016, 8:50 am

      Thanks, Kathy! And it really doesn’t take long, especially if you buy the crust.

  • Yaron January 26, 2017, 4:09 am

    I have a soft spot for coconut pies, yours just looks amazing, i’m definitely making it soon, thanks for the recipe!

    • Amanda January 30, 2017, 1:19 pm

      Thank you so much!

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