We're in love with Tom Douglas' Coconut Cream Pie from Dahlia Bakery here in Seattle, but at $35 a pie plus a $5 deposit for the plate--I knew I had to come up with my own. I watched a demo of his on the local public television website, but still felt I needed to add my own touch. I'm proud to say it's a winner! Take that, Mr. Douglas. . . .
One note: I would highly recommend you follow the instructions for a great pie crust below, for optimal crispiness and flavor. Otherwise, you can roll out a store-bought dough, and just before rolling it out, sprinkle the coconut on top and roll it in. Will be more susceptible to burning, but should be okay if you watch it close. I always make a big batch of my All Butter Pie Pastry, recipe #239831, and keep it in the freezer for easy prep. I've rolled the coconut into the prepared, thawed dough with no problem.