Deluxe Coconut Cream Pie

"Had this at one of Tom Douglas' restaurants. Just had to make it at home. It is fabulous. Based on recipe by Tom Douglas. Adopted 9/06 (Mean Chef)"
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1 9inch pie




  • To make the pastry cream, combine the milk and coconut in a medium saucepan.
  • Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add both the seeds and pod to the milk mixture.
  • Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and stir occasionally until the mixture almost comes to a boil.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and flour until well combined.
  • Temper the eggs (to keep them from scrambling) by pouring a small amount (about 1/3 Cup) of the scalded milk into the egg mixture while whisking.
  • Then add the warmed egg mixture to the saucepan of milk and coconut.
  • Whisk over medium-high heat until the pastry cream thickens and begins to bubble.
  • Keep whisking until the mixture is very thick, 4 to 5 minutes more.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Add the butter and whisk until it melts.
  • Remove and discard the vanilla pod.
  • Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl and place it over a bowl of ice water.
  • Stir occasionally until it is cool.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a crust from forming and refrigerate until completely cold.
  • The pastry cream will thicken as it cools.
  • When the pastry cream is cold, fill the prebaked pie shell with it, smoothing the surface.
  • In an electric mixer with the whisk, whip the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla on medium speed.
  • Gradually increase the speed to high and whip to peaks that are firm enough to hold their shape.
  • Fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip with the whipped cream and pipe it all over the surface of the pie, or spoon it over.
  • For the garnish, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Spread the coconut chips on a baking sheet and toast in the oven, watching carefully and stirring once or twice, since coconut burns easily, until lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to scrape about 2 ounces of the white chocolate into curls.
  • On The Plate: Cut the pie into 6 to 8 wedges and place on dessert plates.
  • Decorate each wedge of pie with white chocolate curls and the toasted coconut.
  • A Step Ahead: If not serving immediately, keep the pie refrigerated, covered with plastic wrap.
  • The finished pie should be consumed within a day.
  • Prepare the garnishes just before serving.
  • The coconut pastry cream can be made a day ahead and stored chilled in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap as described above.
  • Fill the pie shell and top it with whipped cream and garnishes when you are ready to serve the pie.

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  1. This is more than just an acceptable pie. Made as stated. Did add a layer of bananas on the bottom crust. Next time will use a 1/4 cup more sweetner in the custard. The filling set up nicely and was enjoyed by all. Thanks for posting.
  2. This made my tastebuds sing! I made Mean Chef's pie crust (baked at 375 for about 12 minutes until golden) and the pastry cream from this recipe, but decided to hold off on the whipped cream. I toasted about 1/3 cup of coconut and layed it over the top of the pastry cream after placing it into the pie crust. The results were coconutty, creamy, rich, and made me VERY happy. The proportions were perfect, too. I think that the whipped cream would have topped this off perfectly, but, alas, one does need moderation occasionally. Next time you can bet I'll be whipping the cream and diving in. Thanks for a lovely pie.
  3. Good and easy to make coconut pie even though I skipped the garnish and I used a frozen pie crust rather than making my own. I did think that the recipe made a little too much cream and would like to cut back on the cream part of the pie next time. Thanks for sharing.


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