Saturday, November 15, 2014

And Now For The Coconut Pie...

I used the same crust for the coconut cream pie as I used for the pecan pie (Martha Stewart's food processor recipe), but I baked the shell at 425 degrees F for 12 minutes, well weighed with lentils for pie weights, with the lentils sitting on top of a piece of parchment paper fitted into the pie shell. I also put the shell back in the oven for 5 minutes after I had removed the pie weights and paper and after I took the pecan pie from the oven and turned the oven off. That let it crisp up just a bit more.

This is a pretty classic cream custard, flavored with the coconut, but also with vanilla and just a bit of rum. It is rich and not too sweet.

I brought it to room temperature before serving,

 decorated it with whipped cream and some toasted coconut shavings and it make the perfect birthday pie with four candles. The birthday girl is older than 4, but we'll never tell how old.

Coconut Cream Pie

1 envelope unflavored gelatin (7 gr.)
1/4 cup cold water (60 ml)
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar (130 gr)
½ cup all-purpose flour (70 gr)
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk (500ml)
1 tablespoon rum
¼ cup whipping cream (57 gr)
1 3/4 cups lightly toasted fresh coconut, divided
1  9-inch blind baked tart or pie crust, cooled to room temperature

Soak the gelatin in the 1/4 cup of cold water.

Put the sugar, flour, and salt into a saucepan and stir together with a whisk. Add the yolks and enough milk to make a paste. Whisk in the remainder of the milk.

Place over low heat and stirring constantly, cook until thick. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Stir in the whipping cream (and rum if using). Set the mixing bowl in cold water and stir until the cream is cool. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the coconut. Pour into tart or pie crust and spread evenly. Chill until set. Garnish with whipped cream rosettes and rest of coconut. Serve at or close to room temperature for the best flavor.

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