Easy Coconut Cream Pie




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Introduction

Indulge in the creamy and coconutty goodness of Easy Coconut Cream Pie, a simple yet satisfying dessert that is perfect for any occasion. With a buttery crust, rich coconut filling, and a fluffy whipped cream topping, this pie is sure to please your taste buds.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is perfect for those who enjoy the tropical flavor of coconut and the comfort of a classic cream pie. It requires simple ingredients and easy steps, making it a great option for beginners or anyone looking for a delicious and fuss-free dessert.

How to Make Easy Coconut Cream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 pre-baked 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream (for topping)

Directions:

  1. Toast the Coconut: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and toast the shredded coconut on a baking sheet until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

  2. Prepare the Filling: In a saucepan, combine milk, heavy cream, sugar, and salt. Heat until steaming.

  3. Thicken the Filling: Whisk cornstarch and egg yolks in a separate bowl. Gradually add hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, then return to the saucepan.

  4. Cook the Filling: Whisk constantly until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, add vanilla and coconut extracts.

  5. Assemble the Pie: Pour filling into the pie crust. Chill until set.

  6. Add the Topping: Spread whipped cream over the pie and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.

How to Serve Easy Coconut Cream Pie

Serve chilled slices of coconut cream pie on dessert plates and enjoy the delightful combination of creamy filling and crunchy toasted coconut.

How to Store Easy Coconut Cream Pie

Store leftover pie in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Consume within 3-4 days for the best taste and texture.

Tips to Make Easy Coconut Cream Pie

  • Ensure the pie crust is fully cooled before adding the filling to prevent sogginess.
  • Use high-quality coconut extract for an intense coconut flavor.
  • Whisk continuously while cooking the filling to avoid lumps.

Variation

For a twist, you can add a layer of sliced bananas or a drizzle of chocolate over the whipped cream topping for a different flavor profile.

FAQs

  1. Can I use a store-bought pie crust for this recipe? Yes, a pre-baked store-bought crust works well and saves time.

  2. Is it necessary to toast the coconut before adding it to the pie? Toasting the coconut enhances its flavor and adds a nice crunch to the pie, but it’s optional.

  3. Can I use coconut milk instead of whole milk in the filling? While coconut milk can alter the texture slightly, you can use it for a more pronounced coconut taste. Adjust the cornstarch amount as needed.

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