Triple Threat Coconut Cream Pie

"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."
photo by Battle in Seattle photo by Battle in Seattle
photo by Battle in Seattle
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins
1 pie




  • For Pie Shell:

  • Process flour, salt, sugar and coconut together in food processor until combined, about 3 seconds. Add butter and pulse until butter is size of large peas, about five to seven one-second pulses.
  • Using fork, mix sour cream and ice water in small bowl until combined. Add half of sour cream mixture to flour mixture; pulse for two 1-second pulses. Repeat with remaining sour cream mixture.
  • Pinch dough with fingers; if dough is floury, dry and does not hold together, add 1 to 2 teaspoons ice water (start with less), and process until dough forms large clumps and no dry flour remains, two to three one-second pulses.
  • Flatten into 4-inch disk; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm but not too hard, 1 to 2 hours, before rolling. You may also place wrapped disks in freezer bags and refrigerate for up to two days, or freeze up to six months. Simply bring to a pliable (but cold!) temperature before rolling out.
  • Place in 9-inch pie plate, trim and flute edges, and cover with foil. Fill foil to top rim with pie weights or dry beans.
  • Blind bake pie shell at 400F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, reduce temperature to 350°F Remove pie weights and foil, and bake at 350F an additional 10-20 minutes, or until shell is golden brown--not just "blonde." Let cool completely.
  • For Filling:

  • Bring the coconut milk, milk, coconut, vanilla bean, 1/3 Cup sugar and salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar.
  • When the mixture reaches a simmer, whisk the egg yolks to break them up, then whisk in the remaining 1/3 Cup sugar and cornstarch until well combined and no lumps remain.
  • Gradually whisk the simmering liquid into the yolk mixture to temper it, and then return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula. Vanilla bean can be discarded at this time.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until 3 or 4 bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened, about 30 seconds.
  • Off the heat, whisk in the coconut extract (and vanilla if you're subbing) and butter. Pour the filling into the cooled crust, press a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the filling, and refrigerate until the filling is cold and firm, at least 3 hours.
  • For the topping:

  • When ready to serve, beat the cream and sugar in the chilled bowl of an electric mixer at medium speed to soft peaks; add the vanilla and rum, if using. Continue to beat to barely stiff peaks. Spread or pipe the whipped cream over the chilled filling. Sprinkle the toasted flaked coconut and shaved chocolate over the whipped cream. Serve.

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<img src= border=0 alt=Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket> <br> <br>I'm a native Idahoan, but spent seven years in Kansas City before moving to Seattle five years ago. I work for a large international nonprofit in fundraising, but my true passion is cooking and baking. <br> <br>My dream in life would be to open my own delicatessen--I do not believe a sandwich to my standards can be found in Seattle. There are some good ones, but not the best. <br> <br>I am married to my best friend, Sean, who also acts as my personal sous chef in our kitchen. We have two cats, Jackson and T-Bone, and love to garden and play outside. We also love to trapse downtown to Pike Place Market and gather ingredients for a delicious meal. You can find anything there, but we especially love the fresh fish selection, of course the produce, the bread from Three Girl's Bakery, the sausages from Uli's, the cheeses from DiLaurenti's, and the hot donuts across the hall. YUM!
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