This classic Coconut Cream Pie starts with a buttery, flaky pie crust filled with creamy coconut pudding topped with oodles of homemade whipped cream and toasted coconut. For all you coconut lovers, this is the ultimate dessert. There is no boxed anything here! Just simply good old homemade deliciousness, just the way you remember your Grandmother making it.
There is nothing better for dessert than a delicious cream pie! Don’t get me wrong! I love a good moist cake but give me a creamy, luscious pie, and I think I died and went to heaven. This pie, Creamy Butterscotch Pie, Banana Cream Pie, and Key Lime Pie are just a few of our favorites.
HOW TO MAKE COCONUT CREAM PIE
It is best to make the pie dough the day before you are making your pie so it can chill in the fridge overnight. First, cut your chilled butter into small cubes. Then combine with the flour and salt using a pastry blender to cut in the butter until very crumbly. Now add the chilled water a few tablespoons at a time, mixing with a fork until the dough pulls together. Finally, form into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
After the dough has thoroughly chilled, gently roll the pie crust out to a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Then fold the piecrust or roll it around your rolling pin to move it to the pie plate. Next, gently tuck it into the pie pan, trim the edge about an inch over the side, tuck it in along the edge, and flute it. Then refrigerate the crust for several hours. Line the pie crust with aluminum foil and fill it with pie weights, rice, beans, or sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully remove the weights and foil. Then using a fork, prick holes all over the bottom of the crust. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 14-15 minutes.
Now in a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, coconut milk, and half and half. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low, and in a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Then add a couple of tablespoons of the hot mix to 4 eggs yolks whisking until thoroughly incorporated. Repeat the procedure several times until the egg yolks are warmed thoroughly. Then slowly whisk the egg yolk mixture into the hot pudding mixture on the stove cooking for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove it from the heat and stir in the coconut, butter, and vanilla. Pour into the cooled pie shell and cover with plastic wrap directly over the surface of the pudding. Chill in the fridge for several hours up to overnight.
Then add 1/3 cup coconut to a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook until mostly golden brown, stirring frequently. Now using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Then slowly add the cornstarch and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Gently spread or pipe over the top of the pie. Sprinkle with the cooled toasted coconut.
PLAN AHEAD FOR THIS DELECTABLE PIE
This is not a difficult pie to make, although it does take some time. There is a lot of hands-off time, so it is best to plan two days ahead.
- First Day – make the pie dough and refrigerate it overnight. This can take as little as 10 minutes.
- Second Day – rollout, flute, and bake the pie crust. Prepare the coconut pudding, fill the pie crust, and refrigerate overnight. This will take about 60-90 minutes, depending on how long it takes for the crust to cool.
- Third Day – make the whipped cream and toast the coconut. Spread or pipe the whipped cream over the pie and sprinkle with toasted coconut. This can take as little as 20 minutes.
PERFECT PIE CRUST TIPS
- For best results, use very cold butter.
- Add just enough water to form a dough ball that doesn’t crumble when pulled apart. Too much water will make the dough sticky, resulting in a tough, chewy crust. Too little water will make the dough fall apart and crack while you are working with it.
- Form it into a disk and wrap it with plastic wrap.
- Pro-tip! It is important to let the piecrust dough chill for at least a couple of hours up to overnight. It relaxes the gluten and makes it easier to roll, and limits shrinkage during baking.
- Be gentle when rolling out the crust working from the middle out and turning the dough as you go.
- Always fold the piecrust or roll it onto the rolling pin before transferring it to the pie plate, so you do not stretch the dough.