Monday, July 6, 2015

Coconut Cream Pie~ Secret Recipe Club

A silky smooth coconut cream custard is the star in this delicious diner inspired pie.

Secret Recipe Club- Coconut Cream Pie from Scratch

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! I love being part of a group of bloggers, who cook from one another's blogs and then blog about it. It's so exciting to learn about a new blogger every month! I really enjoy seeing who had my blog and to see what recipe they chose to make! It reminds me of how many great recipes are on my blog and makes me want to go back and make many of them again. This month I was assigned to the blog Adventures In All Things Food. Andrea is a Mom of 3, who lives on a farm. Her blog is full of awesome food, product reviews, book reviews and craft ideas. Through it all, Andrea also shares snippets of her crazy adventures, with her readers. 

I really enjoyed browsing through Andrea's blog. She shares beautiful photographs of her children around the farm, along with photos of the animals on her farm and of course mouthwatering food. I quickly bookmarked several recipes that I wanted to try, along with some super neat and cute craft ideas. Spring Pea Pasta, Chicken Salad Served in Cantaloup and Tropical Coconut Pizza, are just some of the recipes that caught my eye. However I decided to go with this recipe for From Scratch Coconut Cream Pie

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The kids and I were planning on visiting my parents as soon as school was out for Summer vacation and I knew this pie would be something my Dad would love. When he was a young working man, he would always order coconut cream pie, anytime he'd go out to eat. I really loved the ease of this recipe and if you use a pre made graham crust, this is virtually a no bake recipe. Yes you still have to cook the coconut cream custard, but you do not have to have the oven on, for any extended amount of time. With the warmer weather upon us, this is a perfect dessert in my books. 

My Mom was the initial taste tester, while I was making the custard. She helped me determine if we liked the amount of coconut taste, in the custard. We adjusted to our taste, and it couldn't have turned out any better than it did. My dad LOVED the pie, as did everyone else. We finished it off in two days, LOL. I am so happy to have found a recipe that I can make my Dad, that brings back so many fond memories for him.

Secret Recipe Club- Coconut Cream Pie from Scratch

Coconut Cream Pie
Adapted from Adventures in All Things Food

Graham Cracker Crust:
12 whole graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
1 stick of butter (1/4 C), melted
1 Tbs sugar

Coconut Cream Filling:
1 can coconut milk
1/2 C milk
1 C heavy whipping cream (35%)
3 egg yolks
3/4 C sugar
1/3 C cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp coconut extract

For the pie:
1/2 C whipping cream (35 %)
2 Tbs powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C shredded sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread coconut on a cookie sheet and toast to golden brown; stirring every few minutes. 

In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1 Tbs sugar; until mixture resembles wet sand. Press into a 8 inch pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes; until lightly browned and fragrant. Cool completely before filling.

In a heavy bottomed sauce pot, combine the coconut milk, milk, 1 C heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch; until smooth. Cook over medium low heat, until thickened, while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and and whisk in the coconut and vanilla extracts.

Pour the custard into the cooled pie shell and chill 4-6 hrs, until completely chilled. 

Once pie is fully chilled, make the whipped cream by beating 1/2 C cream, with vanilla and powdered sugar; to stiff peaks. Spread whipped cream over custard in the pie and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Keep refrigerated.

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Susan Pridmore said...

What a wonderful gift to your dad - to make this for him. It sounds like it was a solid hit around the table, and I'm not at all surprised! It looks wonderful. Perfect pick this month!! Hope you had a great camping trip!!!

Andrea Kruse said...

Such a classic! I am thrilled you enjoyed the recipe. We love cream pies and this makes me want to whip one up this week. They are such a fun treat to create from scratch. Thank you for sharing.

Cheese with Noodles said...

Mmm, this looks so good! I love the idea of coconut cream pie but the ones I've tried (from restaurants or the grocery store) are always disappointing. Maybe it's time to try to make it myself :D

Chit Chat Chomp said...

Mmmm....I'd love to receive that lovely looking pie. Great choice.

Sara said...

Yes, please! Coconut cream is one of my all-time favorite pies...so tasty.

Lori Hart said...

So delicious! Hubby loves coconut cream so I'll have to make him one.

Leslie Limon said...

Don't you just love how food is capable of invoking memories from long ago?! This pie is making me hungry!

April J Harris said...

What a gorgeous pie, Cindy! Pinning and tweeting :-)

mealplanmaven said...

Cindy, how sweet that you made this beautiful pie for your dad to enjoy! My dad was such a foodie and I so miss coming up with yummy creations for him!

Patty Anderson said...

I simply adore this recipe!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

Looks over-the-top delicious!

Joanne DiPalo said...

This is a wonderful post. Food brings us together in so many ways, so glad your dad enjoyed the pie. It sounds delicious, of course I'm a fan of coconut. Pinning/sharing.

Joanne T Ferguson said...

Coconut cream pie used to be one of my childhood faves Cindy! YUM! Pinned and shared!

Danielle Miller said...

This looks amazing - I would love a slice right now.

Sandi said...

I am a total sucker for coconut cream pie. This looks wonderful.

Catherine Holt said...

I'm loving how creamy this looks. I normally am a chocoholic for dessert, but when I see something like this, it makes me re-think my choices...he he.

Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday Link Party.

foody schmoody said...

I'm glad you were able to perfect this for him. It sounds delicious!

NewMrsAdventures said...

This is my moms favorite dessert! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

Rachel Page said...

I am in love with coconut cream pie. I am so glad I finally have a recipe of my fave pie.