I love coconut cream pie, but oftentimes, I feel like the coconut flavor is lost in the vanilla pastry cream filling. This coconut cream pie recipe enhances the coconut flavor and texture by utilizing it throughout the recipe.

Sobie

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 8-inch pie
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Crust:
Filling:
Topping:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To make the crust, combine the flour, salt, cold butter, and cold shortening in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the butter and shortening are the size of small peas. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add the coconut water and rum 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. When the mixture can be squeezed into a ball, wrap it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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  • Grease an 8-inch pie pan. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Carefully transfer the dough to the pie pan. Trim the edges and fold the dough under itself; crimp the crust. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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

  • Prick the bottom and sides of the pie dough with a fork. Line the dough with parchment paper or aluminum foil and weigh it down with pie weights or dried beans (see Editor's Note). Bake until the edges of the crust are golden and the bottom of the crust is just beginning to color, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven, carefully remove the foil and beans, and set aside.

  • Combine the coconut milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup toasted coconut, and the scraped vanilla bean seeds and pod in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from the heat.

  • Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the cornstarch. Whisk the eggs and egg yolk together in a large heat-proof bowl; whisk in the milk and the cornstarch mixture. Gradually pour the hot coconut milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return the custard mixture to the saucepan.

  • Cook the custard over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula or wooden spoon. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. The mixture will thicken. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the vanilla bean pod. Whisk in the butter. Pour the custard into the cooled pie crust. Chill the pie for 1 hour.

  • Place a mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill. Whip the cream on high speed until it begins to thicken; gradually add the confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Continue beating until stiff. Pipe or spread the cream onto the chilled pie and sprinkle with the remaining toasted coconut.

Cook's Notes:

Freezing the mixing bowl before whipping the cream makes it whip up faster and keeps it more stable. This pie can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated before serving.

Editor's Notes:

Get tips for blind baking a pie crust in our Advice article.

You may save the vanilla bean pod and use it to flavor sugar. Rinse it well in cool running water after cooking the custard. Pat dry with paper towels, then store in a lidded jar with white sugar. Replenish the sugar as you use it.

Nutrition Facts

723 calories; protein 7.1g 14% DV; carbohydrates 58g 19% DV; fat 53.1g 82% DV; cholesterol 174.8mg 58% DV; sodium 221.8mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2011
I made this for my husband's birthday (his favorite flavor of pie). We both loved it although it was very rich. At least the richness made it last for more than a day. lol This was my first experience with scraping a vanilla bean and it took me a good while to split it initially. The editor's note about saving the dried vanilla bean in sugar is great. Just that touch of vanilla in coffee with cream is heavenly. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2014
This recipe was WAY too involved and complicated to warrant the outcome. The flavor was good but not good enough to make me want to ever make this again. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2011
I made this for my husband's birthday (his favorite flavor of pie). We both loved it although it was very rich. At least the richness made it last for more than a day. lol This was my first experience with scraping a vanilla bean and it took me a good while to split it initially. The editor's note about saving the dried vanilla bean in sugar is great. Just that touch of vanilla in coffee with cream is heavenly. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2011
Now that's Coconut Pie! Thanks a million. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2011
I had never used vanilla beans before but it was soooo worth it! This recipe is awesome! I've made it at least three times in the past month because everybody just keeps wanting more.:) I have to admit though I did use pre-made crusts to save time but I let the rum soak into it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2011
My family LOVED this recipe especially my husband. This will definitely be going in the family collection. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2011
I made this pie this week to go with my husband's gumbo dinner. It is a very expensive pie to make. But everyone that ate it gave it rave reviews. It is definitely one to make for special occasions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2012
Overall this was a great pie. I made mine in a tart pan instead of a pie pan and only put the crust on the bottom. The crust is delicious! I used half coconut milk and half coconut cream for the mixture and still added some Lorann's Gourmet Coconut flavoring oil to it. I didn't have flaked coconut which I will make sure I add next time I make this. I think it is needed mostly for texture than anything else. I ate a maraschino cherry with each piece. Delightfully coconutty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2014
I had very high expectations for this pie because of the reviews and also the ingredients and time invested. It was good but not worth 5 stars. Coconut cream pie is one of my favorites! I've made one using a relatives recipe which I feel is better. This pie is very time consuming I made it over the course of the day...from beginning to end it took 5 hours. I liked the idea of each layer having some form of coconut however I still like my relative's recipe better. If you have no other recipe for coconut cream pie that rates a "5" you will probably love this one. I'm sticking to my relative's old stand-by recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2012
I cheated and used a pre-made crust. I also did not use any flaked coconut. Instead I bought a coconut opend it up and scrapped out the insides and toasted it. I added this to the filling. This recipe is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2011
I made this pie for a potluck dinner. Even though I did not make the crust (used a pre-made frozen one) the result was a fluffy coconutty decadent pie. Loved it! Using a frozen crust made the whole process and clean up a lot easier and faster. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2014
This recipe was WAY too involved and complicated to warrant the outcome. The flavor was good but not good enough to make me want to ever make this again. Read More
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