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Easy Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

Easy Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

This is my own recipe for a pie that I make often. It's been a family-favorite dessert since the '40s, when I made several of these pies to serve a threshing crew of 21 men! —Vera Moffitt, Oskaloosa, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut, toasted, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked

Directions

  • 1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk; cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into beaten eggs. Return all to saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until nearly boiling. Reduce heat; cook and stir about 2 minutes more (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup coconut, butter and vanilla. Pour into pie shell; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Chill for several hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 389 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein

Reviews for Easy Coconut Cream Pie

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Bubbasmom40
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2016

"Recipe did not work. Custard did not set in the refrigerator. Not sure what I did wrong. Any ideas about how I might fix it?"

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cdtl
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"This pie was delicious. i made it as given except substituted heavy whipping cream for the milk. (Took much less time to thicken using the heavy whipping cream) it stands on its own--you don't need to top with any meringue or whip cream"

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chefkatkat
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"This is pretty much the recipe I use for all of my cream pies (adjusting different flavors, of course) with only a couple of changes. Reduce the flour to 2 tablespoons and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Gives a smoother texture to the pudding. I also separate the eggs and only add the yolks to the pudding. I use the whites for meringue. I sprinkle 1/4 c coconut on the filling, top with meringue and sprinkle remaining coconut on top. Place under broiler until golden brown. (Watch closely! It can burn in a heartbeat! Ask me how I know.) Even if you follow the recipe as written, you will have a delicious pie! The changes I made are due to the methods I learned while earning my Masters in Pastry Arts."

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veridical_angel
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"This recipe did not work for me at all. The flour milk ratio is not right. It should not take a half hour to thicken. Burnt my favorite pan after all that. Lost a half an hour scrubbing."

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onetoomany
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Delicious and easy even for a first time"

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mjh1944
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"I liked it but like to make the creamier filling."

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Sweetaroma65
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"This recipe looks beautiful in the picture!"

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sprolessissy
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"You can make this pie filling in the microwave in 7 minutes! Very same results!"

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rusticcooking
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"This is a very good pie, and keeps well, however it is a very old recipe that

I have used for years as far back as the 70s......"

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cultura
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"It is a great pie, which the poster has been making since the 40's. Maybe the cookbooks came after, because of HER recipe!"

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newgrandma
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"yes you can add bananas instead of coconut. I have been making this recipe for years, both with coconut and bananas. You would slice up 2-3 in the bottom of your pie shell and pour the pudding over it. It can also be made into a delicious chocolate pie."

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spiritvamp
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"I have more of a question than a comment and if someone would be so kind to give me a holler back I'd be grateful. My husband cannot eat coconut, so could I add bananas to this recipe instead? And if so how much? Thanks"

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ctquilter
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"As another reviewer said, this same recipe has been around for years in the cookbooks. I made it for Easter last week. It's a goodie, but not original to the poster. My mother also made her pudding for pies in this fashion. It is REAL pudding which can't compare to that out of a box."

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lfknisley
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"This recipe has been around for years in several cookbooks. The only difference is you add meringue and coconut to the top of it and brown it slightly and you don't have to chill it. You can serve it warm or cold. Its delicious warm!"

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btgocag
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"quick and easy to make added a little bit of home made whip topping and it was perfect!!!"

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melody61
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"A great pie."

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bluefrog62
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS PIE.....I am a HUGH fan of that one spot that is no longer around BS....and I added whipped cream to the top of this and OH MY this is one GREAT COCONUT CREAM PIE!!! I did put this in a Keebler Shortbread pie shell and that was awesome but his pie was good no matter what! Quick and Great Pie what could be better!"

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Eubie
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Creamy and delicious. Loved it."

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last_woodsman
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"great retro pie I remember from my days on the farm. simple and wonderful!!!

When threshing there was always this pie with the others under a tree in the hot August shade for the crews."

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Aquarelle
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"After reading the previous reviews I realized that it would be very easy to reduce the recipe by a third. (I always sucked at math but I'm very good at re-sizing recipes - go figure!) A 2/3 filling recipe is perfect for a 9" pie. It tastes really good, too."

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Pittypat5458
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"This was a great pie! Will definitely make again. Everyone loved it."

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bgbmartin1958
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving. Got lots of compliments. Easy to make. I used this and made 2 pies out of this recipe. I put whipped cream on top and then the toasted coconut. It was the right amount of pie filling for 2 pies and they were deep dish. So it would be plenty without whipped cream on top for 2 regular pie shells."

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ChevalDeLis
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"Just a fabulous, easy recipe! The best coconut cream pie I've ever had. It does make a lot of filling, so be sure to use a deep dish pie plate. Wow! Made me look like a superstar - thanks!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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