Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
20 mins. to 30 mins.
Baking time:
8 mins. to 10 mins.
Total time:
2 hrs 45 mins. to 17 hrs
Yield:
8 servings
This pie is both quick and delicious, with nicely chewy bits of sweet, toasted coconut in a smooth, creamy filling.
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Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs*
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • *For an easy shortcut, substitute Graham Cracker Crumb Crust Mix, prepared as directed

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups Pastry Cream Filling mix
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon coconut flavor or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • 3/4 cup toasted shredded coconut

Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream stabilizer, optional; to prevent cream from "weeping"
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 drops coconut flavor or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • toasted coconut flakes, optional, to garnish

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. 2) To make the crust: Blend the crust ingredients, and press into the bottom and sides of an 8" or 9" pie pan.
  3. 3) Freeze for 15 minutes, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes; the crust won't change much, just become slightly brown around the edges. Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool.
  4. 4) To make the filling: Combine the pastry cream filling mix with milk, cream, and flavorings. Stir until blended, then beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until thick.
  5. 5) Stir in the toasted shredded coconut, and spoon the filling into the cooled pie shell.
  6. 6) To make the topping: Combine the cream, stabilizer, sugar, and flavorings, whipping until fluffy. Spoon or pipe onto the top of the pie.
  7. 7) Refrigerate the pie for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Garnish with toasted large-flake coconut, if desired, and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.
  8. Yield: 8 servings.

Tips from our bakers

  • No pastry cream filling mix? Use one small box of vanilla instant pudding mix. The heavy cream will make it taste much richer.
  • Instant ClearJel can replace the Whipped Cream Stabilizer. Use half as much. You can also leave out all stabilizers if just pure whipped cream is desired.