Joe Licata’s Best-Ever Coconut Cream Pie

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Joe is my brother-in-law and a connoisseur of New Jersey diner desserts. He says that this is the best he’s ever had. I believe him.The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking Cookbook

For crust:

Instructions

I recommend using the Almond Crumb Crust. Prepare and prebake the crust as directed. Set aside.

For filling:

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
3-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Instructions

Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a mediumsize heavy saucepan, preferably nonstick. Whisk in the milk and yolks. Place over medium heat and cook, whisking until the mixture thickens and starts to boil—about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, one piece at a time. Whisk in the vanilla, coconut extract, and coconut. Pour the filling into the pie shell and smooth the top with a spoon. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the filling and smooth with your fingers to remove any air gaps. (The plastic keeps a “skin” from forming.) Transfer the pie to a rack and cool thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight.

For topping:

Ingredients

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup cold heavy cream or whipping cream
3 tablespoons sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Put the coconut into a skillet over moderate heat and toast, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately transfer to a plate. About 10 minutes before you plan to serve the pie, chill a bowl and your electric mixer’s beaters for 5 minutes. Beat the cream until it holds soft peaks, then beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Add the vanilla and beat until the cream is stiff but not grainy. Spread the cream over the pie and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Photo Credit: 

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Yield: 

Makes 8 servings.

Credit: 

The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook

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Bake

Bake??
Bake what at what temperature and how long?

Joe Licata’s Best-Ever Coconut Cream Pie

It should have said Chill instead of Bake

The recipe was put into the

The recipe was put into the database incorrectly and should not have been labeled bake. The directions are correct as written.

I can eat Coconut Cream Pie 8

I can eat Coconut Cream Pie 8 days A Week. ;)

This is my ultimate favorite

This is my ultimate favorite pie. I'll definitely be trying this one and putting in my recipe box. Thanks so much! :o)

I love coconut cream pie, and

I love coconut cream pie, and this one looks delicious! I was wondering where to find the recipe for the crust that's mentioned: "I recommend using the Almond Crumb Crust. Prepare and prebake the crust as directed." Thanks for sharing.

GO TO HOME AT TOP OF

GO TO HOME AT TOP OF PAGE.
THEN CLICK ON RECIPES.
TYPE IN ALMOND CRUMB CRUST.

THERE ARE TWO RECIPES. I READ THE FIRST ONE AND THAT LOOKS GOOD.

Thanks! We added a link to

Thanks! We added a link to the Almond Crumb Crust recipe above. It is:
www.almanac.com/recipe/almond-...
Enjoy! The OFA Staff

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