Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Did you know that today, January 23rd, is National Pie Day? Neither did I until my blog buddy, TAMMY @ PINK MAGNOLIA invited me to participate in her pie recipe roundup.

I decided to post one of my recipes for homemade coconut pie. I have several recipes, but I think this one is my favorite. This is great with a big cup of hot, black coffee.

Without further ado, here's my pie recipe:


2/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup cornstarch
½ cup heavy whipping cream
2½ cups milk
3 large egg yolks
1½ cups shredded coconut
2 teaspoons good vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
1 single crust 9-inch baked pie crust

¾ cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon good vanilla
½ cup shredded coconut, toasted

For filling:

Combine sugar, salt and cornstarch in a large saucepan, nonstick preferred. Gradually whisk in ½ cup of heavy whipping cream and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Beat eggs lightly in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in 1 cup of hot milk mixture, then add egg mixture to hot milk mixture in saucepan. Return to heat, whisking constantly, and bring back to a boil. Boil and whisk for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and stir in 1½ cups shredded coconut, butter and vanilla to blend. Immediately pour into baked pie shell and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Prepare whipped cream topping:

Just before serving, combine ¾ cup heavy whipping cream, 3 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla in a mixing bowl. Whip until stiff peaks form, then spread over pie filling. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.


This may sound complicated but it's really not. It's very rich and so worth the time and trouble.


I'll try to get back to the rest of the questions as soon as I can. I know y'all are waiting impatiently for my answers. ;o)

Y'all have a great Wednesday!


Donna said...

We love pie! It's a rare treat, though. We try to watch our weight, and since my husband's heart bypass surgery, we try to eat a heart-healthy diet. It sure is hard to do sometimes; both of us love to eat, and I love to bake.

bj said...

Pie is my favorite dessert of all time! Such a treat and I have to say that we have them OFTEN...especially since I discovered Pillsbury Pie Curst rolls at the groc. store! lol
Your Coconut sounds fabulous. All that cream...YUMMY. I, too, posted a Coconut Creme recipe...a very old recipe...It is only 6:30 in the morning here and I am already having a Coconut Pie attack!

Lib said...

Your pie sounds wonderful!
Hope you have aGreat day!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Diane,
Oh my gosh, I just left BJ's and she had a Coconut Cream Pie and now I come see you and you have a Coconut Pie, oh my, what am I going to do? LOL. Well, since you live the closest, I may just have to come and see you and get a taste of it. LOL. Coconut Pie's are one of my favorites. I could eat a whole one by myself. LOL. I'm no baker as you know, but I did post my version of Chicken Pot Pie. I haven't made it in several years tho. It is another cold morning here. They say it's suppose to get colder again tonight and maybe another chance of freezing rain on Friday. I doubt we will get anything tho, maybe another cold rain. "HAPPY NATIONAL PIE DAY". This was so fun. I am going to be starving all day now. So many good recipes to be shared. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Anonymous said...

Can I come over next time you make it? MMM...

Mary said...


This sounds delicious and quite like the cocoanut pie my grandmother used to make. I'm going to try this one. Thanks for sharing.


Angela said...

Yummy!!! I've had a pie similar to this one when I was younger and I just loved it sooo much:-).
Thanks for sharing..
Have a wonderful day!!

Yellow Mama said...

I like pies better than what is your recipe for a crust...or do you just buy them ready made.

Love Bears All Things said...

I love me some coconut pie. The next time you make it, I'll be there.
Mama Bear

Tammy said...

I never liked coconut cream pie till a little country neighbor in Ky offered me a slice with a cup of coffee...I did not want to hurt the sweet lady's feelings so I ate it...boy was it ever good!

Thanks for participating!

Here's to more pie!!!

Hope said...

Hi Diane,
Boy does this ever sound good! I've never been a big pie baker but I think I'm going to have to start!! :)
Thanks so much for sharing. Now that I've found your blog through Tammy's pie recipe sharing I'm going back to read and get to know all about you! Come see me!


Linda said...

I had no idea about National Pie Day. It's also my Dad's 88th birthday, and I think he will be happy to have this little bit of information. We do love our pies!
This recipe sounds wonderful.
And I - for one - am looking forward to more questions and answers. It's such fun.

A Chelsea Morning said...

Boy, Diane, this sounds about 100% better than any recipe I've ever seen for coconut pie.

And yes, actually. I'm really looking forward to some more questions and answers over here!

Betty said...

I was so happy to see you posted today, Diane. Hope you are doing okay and staying warm.

Your pie recipe you posted sounds wonderful. Coconut Cream Pie is one of my favorites. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to copy and paste this one to my favorite recipes.

Nan said...

I was just over at BJ's eating a piece of her CCP. There is always room for more, though. It's my favorite. I just posted my recipe.

Pearl said...

Sounds like it is a winner. Hope you are doing well.


Anonymous said...

sounds yummy! to me!

MightyMom said...

wow, sounds great!! IF you leave out the coconut..............

Greeneyes said...

Pie , do I smell Pie , hope you made a large one you got company!!LOL bet it is delish!!!!!!!!!! with coffee with 3 sugar and cream , what can I say I like it sweet like you! LOL!

Emmy , Oh Emmy !!!!! Come out come out where ever you are??????? havent seen your pic in awhile , tell Grandma you are a superstar and need to been seen !LMBO.....your public awaits!!!!

BSH HuGS and SUGAR,lots and lots of sugar .

Love and miss you Sister friend

Miss G.

Lyndy said...

Diane, This is my all time favorite pie and yours sounds just so yummy. Wish I had a piece right now. ;-)

Love, Lyndy

Susie said...

I love this kind of pie more than any other! Can't wait to have some time to try this soon :)

BigDadGib said...

Save me some.....

Lib said...


Angela (Gran) said...

This sounds like the perfect pie like my grandmother made for me as a child. Her's always had the whipping cream and fresh coconut.

I will have to try yours to bring back more of those memories.

Have a great weekend filled with many blessings and lots of love!

Lucy Stern said...

That is so far off my diet that I can't even think of eating that wonderful pie.....

MightyMom said...

you have been tagged dearie.

MightyMom said...

you won TT and an award

Pearl said...

I bet that pie is so wonderful. Wish I would bake more than I do but you may give me an incentive for sure.


jennifer said...

I've seen your comments on a lot of the sites that I have visited and decided to pop in and say hello. The pie sounds wonderful. Have a nice weekend - Jennifer