Posted by gabber1981 on Jul - 16 - 2012 under Baking, Coconut, Dessert, Pie, Sweet
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (480 ml) milk
  • 3/4 (180 ml) cup sugar
  • 1/2 (120 ml) cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups (320 ml) sweetened coconut flakes
Cuisine: Cooking time: 40 - 45 mins Serving: 6 - 8 people

Need a quick and delicious pie fix?  Then you have come to the right place.

Growing up, people offered me all sorts of coconut pies, cookies, cakes, and whatever else can be cooked with coconut, but I never really had a taste for any of them.  Of course, this was during the time that I didn’t like any fruit pies or foods that I deemed strange and unusual, which was quite of lot.  My palate of late has grown and now enjoys many various types of food, coconut now among them.  I’m not sure why my mouth suddenly agrees with coconut.  Maybe it has something to do with traveling and being forced to try extremely strange foods that I didn’t think would ever be offered to me in a sane world.   For example, dog, cicada, and fried scorpion.  Maybe now that coconut seems so normal, it’s totally okay to eat.

Or maybe my taste buds have just matured.  Who knows?

So, the other day I came across a bag of coconut flakes in an import store and decided to make my first coconut pie.  This is how it turned out.

Looking over my ingredients and instructions, I felt extremely confident in my ability to make this pie.   This pie is for those who want a pie without the fuss after all.  It had beginner baker written all over it, so I didn’t feel I had anything to fear.   However, this cooking blog is called The Crying Chef, so you know that despite how easy it appeared to be, things did not go, well, so . . .  smoothly.

The first issue was that I could not locate my teaspoon.  Despite turning my kitchen upside down and having my husband and dog briefly assist me in locating it, I couldn’t find it.  I still don’t know where it is.  Apparently, it has flown the coup and it isn’t coming back.  I very well may have accidentally thrown it away.

The second issue dealt with the fact that I didn’t have a blender, as the recipe called for.  I didn’t think this was going to be an issue because I had a mixer and felt that it would essentially do the same thing.  I was wrong.

Instead of throwing all the ingredients, save the coconut, into the mixer, as you you will see in the picture below, I should have separated the ingredients and stirred them together until they combined into a smooth mixture.  I should have known what would have happened because I have baked many times before, but I just wasn’t thinking.  So instead of a smooth mixture, I ended up with a lumpy mess.

At first, I thought I had ruined my “simple” pie and got extremely frustrated, but then I figured I could try and salvage it.  I scooped out my lumpy concoction, which I believe was mostly combined flour and butter, and placed into the microwave.  I thought if I went ahead and melted my softened butter completely, it would cut down on the lumpy effect.  I was wrong again.

My butter melted, yes, but the flour that had mixed with the butter cooked in the short 20 seconds and formed a large lump  covered in what remained of the butter.  This was almost enough to make me scream.  I stared at my glob for a moment and then decided to just deal with it and hope for the best.  I got a spoon and smashed my lump until it was mostly disintegrated and dumped it back into my mixture.  I added my coconut, gave it a good stir, poured into the pie pan, topped it with additional coconut, pushed it into the oven and waited.

The third and final issue, which may not actually be an issue ,was the pool of butter on top of my pie that was not cooked and/or absorbed while the pie baked.  I was just going to leave it there, but my husband thought I should get a paper towel and soak some of it up.  Maybe I should have left it there, but it was a rather large pool.  The surface of the pie did look a little better once it was gone.

I let the pie cool for about 45 minutes and then cut myself a piece.  The pie was solid, so that I was a plus, but I had no idea what to expect when I took a bite.

Like a many things that I will cook and talk about on this blog, I don’t have anything to compare my pie to because this is the first crustless coconut pie I’ve ever made.  With that said, it tasted good.  The bottom had formed its “crust”, the center was soft and custardy(I just made up that word), and the top was just slightly crispy.

The first thing my husband said after taking a bite was, “Is it supposed to taste like that?”  He ate all that piece and then served himself another, so I am assuming that “that” meant it tasted good.  I don’t believe he would have eaten double if he didn’t like it.

So, the moral of the story is use a blender to mix all of your ingredients together or separate them and blend them together, slowly.  I hope I haven’t scared you away from this recipe.  Just know that if you aren’t me, it is very easy and it does taste very good.

I hope that you enjoy it and may your tears be few!

 

Instructions

1A.  Combine your milk, sugar, eggs, flour, softened butter, and vanilla into a blender and mix on low for two or three minutes.

OR

1B.  In a small bowl, mix the softened butter with the sugar until combined.  In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until combined.  Mix the two together and then slowly add the flour until smooth.

Putting all of your ingredients like this in a mixing bowl is not advised!

2.  Pour a cup of coconut flakes into the mixture and stir manually until mixed evenly.

3.  Grease a 9 inch pie pan.

4.  Pour the coconut mixture into the greased pie pan.

5.  Sprinkle the remaing 1/3 cup of coconut flakes on top of the pie.

6.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F(177 C).  Bake for the pie for 40 – 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the pie is set(doesn’t slosh all over the place when you gently shake it.  A little movement in the center is okay.)

7.  Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack.

8.  Cut and serve.  Enjoy!

Notes

1.  The pie may be served warm or cold, both taste delicious.

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Vanessa Sanders says:

    Your dad posted your blog on Facebook so I went to check it out. I LOVE coconut pie and love trying new recipes so I have one of these pies in the oven as I type. I am anxious to try it. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • gabber1981 says:

      Thank you for stopping by! I hope that your pie turned out great. You’ll have to let me know.

    • Vanessa Sanders says:

      This pie was AWESOME!! It has a custardy taste but I LOVED it!! Thanks again for the recipe and the advice about the blender!! :))

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