Friday, February 11, 2011

Coconut Custard Pie


Another pie recipe and another good one! This one comes from the first cookbook I ever owned - The Doubleday Cookbook. It's at least 30 years old and I still refer to it. Now that has to be the sign of a really good cookbook. The recipes are timeless. Whenever I am confused about something to do with cooking, or am looking for something specific and can't find it, this cookbook will usually have it. It came from the Doubleday bookclub which I belonged to many years ago and don't even know if they are still in existance!

This pie was originally supposed to be just a basic custard pie, which I love. However, below the recipe were different variations and the coconut caught my eye. I love coconut custard pie and so does my husband so this was gone pretty quick. I tried my best not to eat too much of it, and didn't. He ate most of it and that's just fine with me! If you are looking to make a really good custard pie which has coconut in it, I would suggest trying this. It's more of a custard pie with coconut than the other way around. Enjoy!

I used a store bought pie shell....so much easier...

1 unbaked pie shell
4 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. With your hand mixer, beat eggs lightly, add sugar and salt and beat until thick and cream colored. Gradually beat in milk and vanilla, then strain through a fine sieve. Add 3/4 cup flaked coconut and pour into pie shell and sprinkle with 1/4 cup coconut. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake 12 - 15 minutes more. (I needed to bake this for a good 30 minutes.) Insert knife in center of pie; knife should be clean when pie is done. The center will be soft but will set upon standing. Do not overbake or custard will curdle. Bring to room temperature then chill in refrigerator for several hours.

12 comments:

ann said...

That pie looks so good! I love custard pie. I feel like I haven't had one in so long. Throw some coconut in and it's heaven, I bet.

Bridgett said...

Always a good sign of reliability if you can still refer to that cookbook. Can't say the same for a lot of different ones I own. This looks like a fabulous addition to your fabulous pie making.

Joanne said...

I actually don't think I've ever had coconut custard pie, which is such a shame because I adore coconut. Your version looks delicious!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This pie looks and sounds amazing! I love anything coconut...yum!

Katy ~ said...

Smiles, I LOVE coconut custard but have not made one (just the weight watchers one with spaghetti squash). I would enjoy a big wedge of this gorgeous pie. And you reminded me... I had a Doubleday cookbook as well...now I wonder where it is. I haven't seen it in ages....hmmmmm...

The Blonde Duck said...

My dad would love this!

Julie said...

Mmm...I love a good coconut pie, sounds amazing!

Cheryl said...

That is a gorgeous pie, I wished my hubby liked Coconut. I do remember the Doubleday Book Club I was a member, LOL

Emily said...

I love how simple and easy it is! This is my type of pie.

Diana's Cocina said...

Love those type cookbook ~ They are keepers ~ Now this pie is calling my name, love the coconut.

Monica H said...

I just love pie! It's so humble...there's just something about it. Maybe because it reminds me of grandmothers. I don't know. I'm rambling! ha ha!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I haven't had coconut custard pie in a long time and I love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!