Coconut Cream Pie

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Lots of my family members seem to adore coconut cream pie. I wasn’t a fan UNTIL I began using toasted coconut – what a game changer!

Coconut Cream Pie

1 – 9” pie crust, baked and cooled (recipe follows)
1 recipe meringue (recipe follows)
6 Tbs. cornstarch
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. kosher salt
3 cups milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
3 Tbs. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
smidge of coconut extract, to taste
*1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted (plus extra toasted coconut, for garnish)
In a large bowl, combine corn starch, sugar, and salt; whisk in the milk.  Cook on high power in microwave in 2 minutes intervals, stirring between each, until mixture begins to bubble and thicken a bit.  Stir a bit of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, then whisk the egg/milk mixture back into the hot milk.  Continue to cook on full power in microwave in 2 minutes intervals for an additional 8-10minutes or until mixture has formed a nicely thickened pudding/pie filling.  Remove from microwave and whisk in butter, vanilla, and coconut extract; fold in coconut, then pour into a cooled pie shell.  Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of pie filling; let pie cool, then cover with meringue as directed in meringue recipe below; bake as directed.  6-8 servings
*To toast coconut easily, spread out over a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake, uncovered, in preheated 325 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown, tossing often. Cool, then store in a glass jar in the freezer, using as needed. 

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli

Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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