homestyle classics: coconut cream pie

Classic Coconut Cream Pie How To Toast Coconut RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstick TailgatingBackyard Barbecue * July 4th * Company’s Coming

Southern Favorite

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makes 8 servings

1/3 cup melted butter
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
A pinch of Kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
4 Tbsp cornstarch
4 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup whole buttermilk
1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut
3 tsp vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
Garnish: 1/3 cup toasted coconut

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the butter, the graham cracker crumbs, the brown sugar & the salt in a bowl.
Press in the bottom, up the sides & on the lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven & cool for 20 minutes.

Whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar & the cornstarch in a 3-qt saucepan.
Whisk together the egg yolks, the milk & the buttermilk in a medium bowl.
Gradually whisk the milk mixture into the sugar mixture, blending until well combined.

a tablespoon utensil is much easier to maneuver in the cornstarch container
rather than a 1/4 cup measure
be sure to level each scoop before adding to the pot

Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 7 minutes.

the mixture will begin to bubble on the surface
… around the 6 1/2 minute mark

Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute or until thickened & velvety.
Remove from the heat.
Stir in the vanilla & the sweetened coconut.

Pour the coconut filling into the prepared pie crust.
Cover the surface directly with plastic wrap.
Chill at least 12 hours.

Beat the whipping cream, the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar & the vanilla
in the bowl of an electric stand mixer
with the whip attachment until soft peaks form.

Remove the plastic wrap from the pie.
Spoon the whipped cream over the coconut filling.
Garnish with the toasted coconut.

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How To Toast Coconut Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Coconut Cream PieHow To Toast A Large Batch Of Coconut
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The 411

the oven prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spread 1 {14-oz} package of sweetened flaked coconut evenly on a half sheet pan.
Place in the oven.

Bake for 6 minutes & stir.
Bake 3 minutes & stir.
Bake 3 minutes & stir.
Bake 2 minutes & stir.
Bake 1 minute & stir.
Remove from the oven to cool.

the technique

a long handled wooden spoon works well
the coconut touching the pan surface will brown first
so be sure to stir the coconut from the bottom onto the top layer

the babysitting

as you get further along in the process steam will rise as you stir the mixture
this will be your indicator that the coconut is toasting more quickly
watch the coconut the last 3 minutes to make certain it doesn’t burn

the cooling

once removed from the oven
continue to stir the coconut for about a minute as it will continue to toast on the hot pan
cool completely before using

the storing

toasting large batches of coconut can be a real timesaver when preparing recipes
place in a zip-top bag & store in the freezer up to 2 months
use as needed

the ideas

sprinkle over oatmeal, ice cream or citrus based grilled shrimp kabobs
try with strawberry shortcake…
top warm summer fruit crumbles, buckles & cobblers

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everything you need to know 

the pie plate

it is true.
pie plates can be tricky when it comes to accurate measurements
you’ll sometimes find 2 pie plates marked as 9-inches in size
however one appears to be smaller than the other

as far as depth goes
the side angles & math-y geometry can create an optical illusion
even though the depth is the same

i used a pie plate with a wide lip
the inside measures 9-inches with a depth of 1 1/2-inches

if you have one without the lip
expect to have a tad bit of crust remaining

the coconut

you will use less than a 7-oz package of coconut for the entire recipe
if you want to toast a smaller batch of coconut
just know the time in the oven will be less
start checking after about 3 to 4 minutes

the shortcut hostess

omit the graham cracker crust prep
substitute a prepared store-purchased crust
many flavors are available… simply use your favorite

for a beautiful presentation
slip the finished pie into a pretty pie pan
…foil pan & all

the texture

expect a firm filling with a silky smooth finish
perfect for pretty slices

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