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Rating: 4.53 stars
77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

Making custard from scratch takes a little longer, but you can really taste the difference!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 pie
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat eggs slightly. Add sugar, salt, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Mix well. Gently whisk in whole milk, evaporated milk, and cream. Fold in coconut. Pour mixture into baked pie shell.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before serving, and refrigerate within 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; protein 7.6g; carbohydrates 30.5g; fat 18.8g; cholesterol 125mg; sodium 251.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2010
My husband is from the East Coast where coconut custard pie is popular. Here in the Midwest, coconut cream is the coconut pie of choice. Since I can't purchase a coconut custard pie out here, I have to make them homemade. This one is his favorite so far. It is easy to make and comes out creamy and very tasty. I usually do not have the whipping cream on hand, so I just use one and one half cups of evaporated milk instead of the one cup it calls for. I also use just 1 tsp.of vanilla. I thought the one and a half might be too overpowering. Before putting in the oven, I sprinkle a few tablespoons of coconut on top of the custard. I also sprinkle a little nutmeg on top. Besides tasting great, it looks very appetizing. Hint: brushing your pie crust with a lightly beaten egg white, helps to keep the crust from getting too soggy. Also, I use an unbaked pie crust..saves time and that is what most recipes call for with a custard type pie. Thanks Celia for a great recipe!!! Update: I have begun making this with a total of 3 cups of milk. It seems to make for a bit creamier pie. I used whatever combination of milks/cream I have on hand. Even using 3 cups of whole milk it turns out great. I recently came across a great tip to help you from overcooking your custard. Overcooking it results in it watering out. I now use a quick read thermometer and bake the pie until the center is 160. This has been working out great!!!! So far, no more watered out custard pies. :-) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/02/2006
A very bland recipe. I wouldn't use it again. Read More
(10)
77 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2010
My husband is from the East Coast where coconut custard pie is popular. Here in the Midwest, coconut cream is the coconut pie of choice. Since I can't purchase a coconut custard pie out here, I have to make them homemade. This one is his favorite so far. It is easy to make and comes out creamy and very tasty. I usually do not have the whipping cream on hand, so I just use one and one half cups of evaporated milk instead of the one cup it calls for. I also use just 1 tsp.of vanilla. I thought the one and a half might be too overpowering. Before putting in the oven, I sprinkle a few tablespoons of coconut on top of the custard. I also sprinkle a little nutmeg on top. Besides tasting great, it looks very appetizing. Hint: brushing your pie crust with a lightly beaten egg white, helps to keep the crust from getting too soggy. Also, I use an unbaked pie crust..saves time and that is what most recipes call for with a custard type pie. Thanks Celia for a great recipe!!! Update: I have begun making this with a total of 3 cups of milk. It seems to make for a bit creamier pie. I used whatever combination of milks/cream I have on hand. Even using 3 cups of whole milk it turns out great. I recently came across a great tip to help you from overcooking your custard. Overcooking it results in it watering out. I now use a quick read thermometer and bake the pie until the center is 160. This has been working out great!!!! So far, no more watered out custard pies. :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
I made this pie twice and each time it got rave reviews. I added just a little more vanilla and a bit more than a pinch of nutmeg. There is something I want to mention though. The first time I made this recipe I spilled the filling getting it into the oven. I've since used a 4 cup measuring cup and poured it into the shell on the oven rack. I don't know if anyone else had my experience, just wnated to help anyone who did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2002
Served it at Thanksgiving to Coconut Custard experts. It was fantastic. It was gone after the first round of pie was dished out. I suggest adding a 1/4 to 1/2 more cups of coconut for coconut lovers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2005
This pie is very easy to make and comes out great! I have tried several coconut custard pie recipes and this one is by far the best - it took a little longer to cook in my oven (closer to an hour) but turned out fantastic and received many compliments. Plus it only took about 10 minutes to throw all the ingredients together and get the pie in the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2004
My husband is from the East Coast and he said that it tastes just like his mother's pie when he was a boy. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2005
Very good basic coconut custard recipe. Next time I think I will add a little more nutmeg and slighlty more cocunut. I used a unbaked pie crust and it was fine. I only had to bake it for 45 min. as stated (I was prepared to bake it longer because of some of the other reviews). I will be making this one again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/02/2006
A very bland recipe. I wouldn't use it again. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2002
I felt there was too much coconut so now I use 3/4 cup instead. There is never any left over the day i make it. Thanks Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2006
What a wonderful creamy pie this is its so easy to make and the taste is out of this world.I have only ever bought custard pies before but never again this pie is sooooo good.Thank you Celia for sharing this excellent recipe Read More
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