I am a pastry chef and I have developed many desserts that can be served at Passover. This shouldn't be prepared just for the holiday - it's great all year long!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr 45 mins
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9-inch 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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  • Spread the coconut onto a baking sheet, and bake in the preheated oven until lightly toasted and golden, about 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Mix the coconut and 1/2 cup melted butter in a bowl, and chill until it begins to firm, about 15 minutes. Pat the coconut mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Chill until set, at least 30 minutes.

  • Place sugar, 1/2 cup of butter, lemon juice, eggs, and egg yolks in a saucepan. Place over low heat, and whisk constantly until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Do not boil. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, and stir in the lemon zest. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the custard, and chill thoroughly.

  • Spoon the lemon custard into the coconut crust, and top with fresh raspberries.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 54.9g; fat 31.5g; cholesterol 182mg; sodium 84.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2011
I made and served this for the first night of passover. I doubled the recipe and used blueberries and raspberries which were beautiful and tasty. I had no issues with the crust standing up on the sides -I just molded it to the side of the pans. However I must have done something not quite right because my custard did not set up - it was a bit thin in consistency howver it could have been my error as I have not made custard from scratch before. No one minded though - they all loved the taste! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2011
Uh-Oh.....made this last night....will re-review and update. Right now the coconut crust is ready and waiting in the 9" pie plate - which looks WAY WAY too big for the amount of filling this recipe yielded. 3 Stars for the portions being Way Off! Will likely redo the crust into a flat large tart pan. The color on the filling is beautiful and it did set up nice! Need this for early Passover dinner tonight! Yikes! UPDATE - everyone who likes lemon said they liked it - but it is more of a curd than a custard. Now that I see the picture posted - mine looked the same. Like a runny Lemon Meringue pie. For Passover - no flour - desserts are tough. I cringed watching people take heaping spoonfuls and fwack it onto their plate to get it off the spoon. Won't make this again. 3 Stars because it tasted good! 1 Star for portion sizes (filling vs. crust) being way off. 2 Stars for presentation! Sorry! Read More
(13)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
04/19/2011
Unfortunately this just didn't work for me at all. I wondered about the coconut/butter crust when I read the recipe but it is Kitchen Approved and submitted by a pastry chef so I figured it must work. It doesn't. There is no structure to the crust at all and it can not support itself or the tiny amount of filling. It just flops over. The filling is refered to as a custard in the recipe instructions. It is more like a very thick sticky curd. Again no structure and a strange consistency. When I attempted to spoon it into the "crust" after chilling the entire bowl of curd lifted out with the first spoonful. It is impossible to cut because it sticks to itself. I thought the taste was good but I did not get positive feed back from one person that I served it to. Coconut raspberries and lemon are some of our favorite flavors but I'm not sure if I will attempt to adjust this and try again or not at this point. Read More
(13)
Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2011
Uh-Oh.....made this last night....will re-review and update. Right now the coconut crust is ready and waiting in the 9" pie plate - which looks WAY WAY too big for the amount of filling this recipe yielded. 3 Stars for the portions being Way Off! Will likely redo the crust into a flat large tart pan. The color on the filling is beautiful and it did set up nice! Need this for early Passover dinner tonight! Yikes! UPDATE - everyone who likes lemon said they liked it - but it is more of a curd than a custard. Now that I see the picture posted - mine looked the same. Like a runny Lemon Meringue pie. For Passover - no flour - desserts are tough. I cringed watching people take heaping spoonfuls and fwack it onto their plate to get it off the spoon. Won't make this again. 3 Stars because it tasted good! 1 Star for portion sizes (filling vs. crust) being way off. 2 Stars for presentation! Sorry! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2011
I made and served this for the first night of passover. I doubled the recipe and used blueberries and raspberries which were beautiful and tasty. I had no issues with the crust standing up on the sides -I just molded it to the side of the pans. However I must have done something not quite right because my custard did not set up - it was a bit thin in consistency howver it could have been my error as I have not made custard from scratch before. No one minded though - they all loved the taste! Read More
(9)
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2011
This sounds really good..only problem you need to add cornstarch to thicken this up otherwise it will be runny. 3-4 tblspoons should be plenty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2011
I made this pie for Passover we enjoyed it. I will make it again with the following changes. I used a 11 inch round disposable pan I put the coconut only on the bottom not up the sides- I would also only use 1 1/3c of coconut as it was overpowering the taste of the lemon and I would double the lemon filling amount. I didn't have a zester for passover so I left it out. Serve COLD! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2011
This recipe was very flavoful and simple. I will definitely prepare this again. Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe my husband and kids absolutely loved it! Because of recipes like yours they truly believe that I'm a great cook--Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2011
I made this tonight and my husband just loved it. I followed the instructions except I only used 1/2 the butter for the crust and 1/2 the butter for the filling and only 1 cup of sugar instead of 1.5 cups. It came out just fine. I used a small glass pie pan and was able to cut and serve it without it falling apart. Pretty tasty! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2011
The toasted coconut crust came out just fine for me. Like other reviewers my filling didn't set up as much as I would have liked. It was a bit runny. The main complaint I had was that it was "hurt your teeth" sweet. I would definitely cut the sugar to only 1 cup if not in half to 3/4 cup. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2013
This has a lot of potential. The flavor is amazing but only 1 cup of sugar is plenty. I used 3 TBSP of corn starch and it still did not set up. The custard would make an amazing parfait layered with toasted coconut raspberries and topped with coconut flavored whipped cream. Read More
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