For those of us who like coconut, this is a winner!  In fact, a variation of this -- a meringue version rather than cream-topped -- won "Best of Show" at the NM State Fair Pie Contest.  It's an extravagent dessert, one that makes people happy.  (Doesn't all pie make people happy?)

Coconut Cream Pie

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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes plus cooling
  • Baking Time: 20 minutes for pie shell
  • Serves: 8
Coconut Cream Pie


Pastry:  Pre-baked 9” deep dish pie shell, cooled

For the filling:

¾ c. plus 3/8 c.         sugar

1/3 c. plus 1/6 c.       flour

1/3 t.                          salt

2 c.                            whole milk

1 c.                            light coconut milk

4 and a ½                  egg yolks, beaten

1 ½ T.                        butter

1 ½ t.                         vanilla

2 ¼ c.                        shredded coconut

For the topping:

1 c.  whipping cream, sweetened, vanilla added

1/3 c.  toasted shredded coconut.



  1.   Have ingredients measured and ready.
  2.   In large saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt.  Over medium       heat, gradually whisk in the 2 milks.
  3.   Cook and stir constantly until mixture boils and thickens, then cook   2 minutes longer.  Remove from heat.
  4.   Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl.  Mix about ¼ c. of the hot         milk mixture into the eggs and stir; repeat.  Then pour all of the egg   mix into the saucepan and stir well.
  5.   Return to medium heat and stir constantly for 2 more minutes.
  6.   Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla and coconut.  Stir well       and cool slightly.
  7.   Pour into pie shell.  (There may be a little extra for a separate dish.   Yum.)  Chill for at least 2 hours.
  8.   Before serving, whip the cream with 2-3 T. sugar and 1 t. vanilla.  Add 8 swirls of cream to the top of the pie and sprinkle on the  toasted coconut.

Baker’s Notes and Tips and Tricks

You'll notice the odd amounts listed under ingredients.  That's because it's 1.5 times the usual recipe, creating a nice, full pie.  That's why I use the deep dish pie plate, too.  

Recipe Submitted By

Rebecca Jo Dakota, Albuquerque, NM
Coconut Cream Pie

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