COCONUT CREAM PIE
I’m not much of a baker even though I took a professional baking course and earned my stripes. I have trouble making cakes because I don’t have the patience to measure things properly and for sure you have to be precise with the measurements when you bake. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I do love pie! I was thumbing through one of my favorite dessert cookbooks, “flour” Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang and I saw this recipe for coconut cream pie, my FAVORITE (besides cherry) and I made it. OMG is the only word I can use to describe this incredibly smooth creamy coconut custard filling with fluffy whipped cream, lime zest, toasted coconut and tender mouth watering crust, it’s crazy good! I wanted to share this recipe with you from Joanne’s cookbook! It is one of the best dessert cookbooks out there with outstanding recipes, I highly recommend you pick up a copy. I keep buying the cookbook to give out as a gift. The friends I gave them too just loved it. I baked Joanne’s famous banana bread from the book, placed the cookbook in a basket and wrapped it in cellophane with a huge raffia bow. BIG HIT!
NOTE TO BAKER, HEADS UP! Before you make this pie, a cream and lime zest mixture must sit in the refrigerate over night. It’s worth the wait!
Makes 1 9-inch pie, serves 8
Make the pie shell first.
PATE SUCREE (SHELL)
Place a baking rack in the center of the oven and then heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk
Using a stand mixer fitter with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed for 3 minutes until it is pale and light. Remember to scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Add the flour and beat on low speed for 30 seconds or until the flour is mixed in with the butter and sugar.
Add the egg yolk and continue to mix on low speed for 30 seconds until the dough starts to come together. It will look shaggy.
Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This dough will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and will last in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
You will need a 9-inch pie pan. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Using a rolling pin, bang and flatten the dough into a disk about 1/2 inch thick. Flour the work surface and sprinkle the rolling pin with a little flour. Roll out the dough into a circle 10″ to 11″ in diameter and about 1/4 inch thick for the 9″ pie shell. Roll the dough circle around the rolling pin and then unfurl it on top of the 9″ pie pan. Press the dough well into the bottom and sides of the pan. Use any scraps or odd pieces to patch up an tears. Refrigerate the pastry shell for 30 minutes. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. The pie shell should be completely cool before you pour in the coconut cream mixture.
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted
1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream cream
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1 can (14 ounces coconut milk
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cake flour
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon cornstach
Place the shredded coconut on a baking sheet and spread apart. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn so check it after 2 minutes. Shake the baking pan back and forth to evenly toast the coconut when you check it. When ready remove the shredded coconut set aside and let cool.
On medium high heat combine the heavy cream and lime zest and bring just to a boil. Remove from the heat, pour into a small airtight container, let it cool in the refrigerate overnight.
In a small bowl, whisk the granulated sugar and cake flour,
In a sauce pan combine the coconut milk and milk until bubbles start to form the edge but the liquid is not boiling. While the milks are heating, in a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and the egg yolk until blended, then slowly whisk in the sugar flower mixture. The mixture will be thick and pasty.
Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg sugar mixture a little at a time and make sure to whisk constantly. When all of the milk mixture has been incorporated return the content of the bowl to the sauce pan and put the sauce pan on the stove over medium heat.
Cook whisking constantly for five minutes or until the mixture has come to a boil. Once it is thick stop whisking for a few seconds watch the surface to see if it starts to bubble up. When that happens keep whisking vigorously for 30 seconds. Immediately remove the custard off the stove and pour it through a fine mesh sieve. Whisk in the vanilla, salt, and three quarter cup of the toasted coconut. Pour the whole mixture into the baked pie shell and refrigerate uncovered for about four hours or until the filling is set.
Fit a stand mixer with the whip attachment. Whip the lime zest heavy cream mixture together with the confectioners sugar and the corn starch until stiff peaks form. Remove the chilled pie from the refrigerator and pile the whipped cream mixture on top of the coconut filling, spreading it to the edges of the pie. Decorate the pie the remaining quarter cup of coconut and lime zest. The pie can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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