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Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie Recipe
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Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie Recipe

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This pie combines the ingredients everyone loves in its classic cake cousin. It's so silky and smooth, you won't be able to put your fork down. —Anna Jones, Coppell, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold lard
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 801 calories, 54g fat (24g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 5g fiber), 12g protein

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in lard until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.
  3. Bake 11-13 minutes or until bottom is lightly browned. Remove foil and weights; bake 6-8 minutes longer or until light brown. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 350°.
  4. In a microwave, melt chocolates in a large bowl; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in milk, egg yolks and vanilla; stir in pecans. Pour into crust. Bake 16-19 minutes or until set. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, cream and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Cook 2-3 minutes or until mixture thickens and a thermometer reads 160°, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and vanilla; cool 10 minutes.
  7. Pour over filling; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate 4 hours or until cold. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie in Taste of Home December 2013

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


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MaryannFT
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"Can someone please figure out how to make this without the 54 grams of fat and 215 mg of cholesterol (not to mention the 800 calories per slice)?! I am not a grinch about fat and sugar--I use it all the time, but this recipe is almost unbelievably bad for your health. It is an invitation to heart failure or stroke, or both!"

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laurakw
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"Oh my goodness! I made this pie for my husband's birthday. He ALWAYS requests a German chocolate cake but after trying this pie, it's his new birthday dessert. I made it a second time a week later and now the family is asking me to make it again. I liked it better with sweetened coconut that was NOT toasted. The other time I used organic flake coconut and toasted as written. I used a graham cracker crust and next time I'll try a chocolate graham cracker crust. I'm sure it's delicious with a pastry crust, as written."

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Taffeta
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"I haven't made a pie in 20 yrs and when I got this request from the men in my family, I almost paniced. It was actually very easy to follow. I read the reviews and divided the filling into two pies and doubled the topping. It is delicious. Still wouldn't cut it into any less that 16 peices, but it just means it will last more than 3 hours with my men."

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katiestanczak
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"This is one of my absolute favorite pie recipes. The main change I made was that I used butter in the crust instead of lard. This pie is certainly a show-stopper!"

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nanato19
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"I made this pie several years ago, the recipe was printed inside of the 'German Chocolate' wrapper. And is soooooooo good, it's easy to get hooked on."

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Appy_Girl
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"Made this pie last week and it was a huge hit. It is what chocolate goodness is all about. I used a pre made pie crust. It is rich and sinfully so. Next time I will make it when it can be shared with guests. A little bit goes a long way.

Janie"

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aebwyatt
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"Absolutely amazing! I knew when I saw lard in the crust this was a worthy recipe. The only tweaking I did was add a bit of salt to the filling and topping, a bit of sugar in the crust and extra coconut in the topping. Brilliant pie and one that I will be making again! :)"

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Sanddiva
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"This pie is so good you won't care how many calories it has... so don't look."

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MarshaPringle
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"I made this pie yesterday for my husband who loves chocolate. The pie is to dense and is more like fudge. The topping is also missing the mark. As far as a star I can't even give it one. Every disappointed."

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EvansD
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I love chocolate, and my boyfriend's favorite cake is German Chocolate. I made this as a treat for him, and followed the recipe exactly as written. My boyfriend took a couple of bites and said "no thanks!" I didn't ever think I would say these words, but -- this pie is way too chocolately! It is more like a fudge pie than German Chocolate Pie -- way too dense. The topping was nice, but a bit too sweet. Next time I will try one of the other recipes from Taste of Home that profess to be German Chocolate Pie, and tweak it a bit."

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