Monday, January 09, 2006

Coconut Cream Pie

I've never made a real pie before...Unless you count those Jello no-bake cheese cake deals. So for yesterdays dessert, I decided to try out a recipe I found in an issue of 'Household' from 1950. Inside the front cover was a picture of a beautiful banana cream pie but as I read on I realized that there also was a recipe for COCONUT..yum. And unbelievably I had all the ingredients already, a first for me! Read all directions first.
*Make a 9 in. Pie shell (recipe below).

*Mix in a saucepan....2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp flour. Stir in gradually 3 cups of milk. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Stir at least 1 cup of the hot mixture slowly into 3 eggs, that have been slightly beaten.
Then blend into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Blend in 1 tbsp butter and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Cool, stirring occasionally. Pour into baked pie shell. Chill thoroughly. Finish with a whipped topping or a meringue (which is what I did, recipe below). Seal meringue onto edge of crust to prevent shrinking. Swirl or pull up points to make decorative. Bake 8 minutes in moderately hot oven (400 degrees) until delicately browned. Let cool at room temp away from drafts. Serve as soon as cool.

For Coconut Cream Pie:
Fold in 3/4 cup moist shredded coconut just before pouring filling into pie shell. Sprinkle whipped topping or meringue topping with 1/4 cup shredded coconut (toasted if desired~not going there again !)

9 in. Pie shell recipe:
Sift together 1 cup enriched flour, 1/2 tsp salt. Cut in 1/3 cup shorting, first cut in half of it until mixture looks like "meal"... Then cutting in the rest until particles are the size of giant peas. Sprinkle over mixture 2 tbsp water...Mixing with fork to make dough stay together. Round up into ball. Roll out flat, place in pie pan, fold edge over or under to make collar. Prick thoroughly with fork it prevent puffing. Bake 8-10 minutes in very hot oven (475 degrees).

Beat until frothy 3 eggs whites, 1/4 tsp. Cream of tartar. Gradually beat in 6 tsp sugar. Continue beating until mixture is stiff and glossy.
As you can see, this recipe is full of all the really bad-for-you stuff, that means it's really tasty! This recipe also has many steps and I couldn't keep up too well with 'stirring constantly', therefore the 'cream' part is a little brown, but it was still yummy....Like toasted coconut without the house fire!


Lori said...

I'm lovin' your website so much. The pie recipe is over the top. I want to add you to my Link List on my blog. Is that okay with you?
ps- my spouse loves your website too.... I'm afraid it is going to cause his collecting to branch in another direction.

megan said...

Dang, that looks good! I love how you explore making & baking things from the past, so fun!

BonnieBeerBitc said...

you must attempt toasting the coconut in the oven, it is as easy as pie, sorry pie pun intended, just keep an eye on it. Toaster ovens are horridly close to their heat coils.
By the by, the 7-up Emerald Isle Fluff was a smash hit at he X-mas party. I made it in a bunt pan (all I had) and it came out looking like a wreath, soo cute!
Especially w/ the garnishes, 2 cherry tomatoes and a red bottle cap. (all out of cherries!- blast)

patricia said...

i'm with lori -- added you a while ago the minute i discovered that tie one on deal -- it was just too good -- wish you lived closer so we could ask you to model!