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Makeover Coconut Cream Pie

 Makeover Coconut Cream Pie
Here's a wonderfully creamy and rich version of an impressive classic that was lightened up at the request of Didi Desjardins in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It now has less than half the fat of her original recipe...but every bit of sweet, old-fashioned coconut flavor!
8 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 reduced-fat graham cracker crust (8 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 egg whites

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine 2/3 cup sugar, flour and salt. Stir in
  • milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until
  • thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of
  • hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring
  • constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in 3/4 cup coconut and extracts.
  • Place crust on a baking sheet; add filling and set aside.
  • For meringue, combine cornstarch and remaining sugar in a small
  • saucepan. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium
  • heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until

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Makeover Coconut Cream Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • thickened and clear. In a bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks
  • form. Pour hot sugar mixture in a slow, steady stream into egg
  • whites, beating constantly until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle
  • with remaining coconut. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until
  • meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until
  • chilled. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 350 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 213 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.