Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tale of Two Cream Pies: Part 2 (Coconut Cream Pie)

This cream pie was more successful, though I actually made it first. Nice, subtle coconut flavor and yummy cream on top. I think the only change I would make next time would be to use a graham cracker crust.

Coconut Cream Pie (adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)

1 baked pie crust
4 large egg yolks
3 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk (from 2 cans)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Prepare an ice bath; set aside. In a bowl, lightly whisk egg yolks; set aside. In a saucepan, whisk together coconut milk, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Bring to a simmer (do not boil), and cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Whisk a quarter of hot-milk mixture into egg yolks; whisk in remaining milk mixture. Strain into a clean saucepan, and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until custard is thick and bubbles appear in center, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl, and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto surface to prevent a skin from forming. Set in ice bath until completely chilled, 30 to 35 minutes. (Filling can be kept in refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap, up to 1 day.)

3. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (do not let bowl touch the water), or in the microwave. Stir until smooth, and set aside until cool to touch, stirring occasionally.

4. Using a pastry brush, coat inside of cooled crust with melted chocolate. Place in refrigerator or freezer until firm to touch, about 10 minutes.

5. Fill crust with coconut custard, spreading evenly with an offset spatula. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, combine cream and confectioners’ sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Using a small offset spatula, spread whipped cream on top of custard. Refrigerate pie at least 3 hours before serving.


  1. Jessie (Sara's housemate)April 6, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    As a (self-appointed) Official CupcakeMuffin Taster, I feel obligated to point out that this pie was extremely delicious. On a scale of one to five coconuts, I give it five coconuts. Although graham cracker crust does sound good, too. I solemnly pledge to report for Tasting Duty, should you decide to attempt this variation.

  2. I haven't had a coconut cream pie in ages, and now I want one! Yours looks delicious!