Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie
Total TimePrep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cold lard
- 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
- 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 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. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.
- 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.
- 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°.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pour over filling; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate 4 hours or until cold.
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Nutrition Facts1 piece: 801 calories, 54g fat (24g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 5g fiber), 12g protein.
Aug 19, 2019
This is a great recipe. Love the taste. Cut small portions because it is very rich
Aug 7, 2019
For those who are asking where can lard be bought. I have bought at Wal-Mart stores.
Apr 6, 2019
If you love German chocolate cake you will love this too. It is delicious.
Jan 30, 2019
I made this recipe for my mom for her birthday. I wanted to change things up from her usual favorite, German chocolate cake. It was the biggest hit ever! She loved it so much she shared with her coworkers. The next weekend, I made several more pies and gave out the recipe. I personally dont like it BECAUSE I dont like nuts or coconut. The recipe is a little on the difficult side for people like me who struggle to make a boxed cake mix. People who hands on understand hard ball and soft ball candy terms, this should be a breeze. Apparently, I figured it out and did a good job.
Nov 28, 2018
YUMMY!! German Chocolate s my favorite cake, so now this is my favorite pie!! I used my oldie but goodie pie crust, which also uses lard, as well as a little baking powder and an egg. If you can't find the lard at your store, ask someone. I went back to using it, after commercial shortenings changed their recipes, several years ago and so happy I did!
Nov 13, 2018
This is just about the best pie ever! It's verry rich and you need to check the calories per piece before digging in. The filling is very smooth and the topping is just perfect. It doesn't get any better!
Mar 24, 2018
I attempted to make this pie, following the recipe. I had issues with the local stores for not having the German Sweet Chocolate. So I used the Semi-Sweet instead. I also added 1/2 tablespoon of granulated white sugar for every ounce of Semi-Sweet Chocolate that I used. I also used Pure Madagascar Vanilla. I must say, this is one of the best pies I have ever made.
Jan 25, 2018
this is so rich but worth the trouble of making.
Dec 26, 2017
It was heavenly !!!!
Nov 4, 2017
I made this pie a few days ago for my son in law as a gift for his birthday. He could not eat it because it tasted like bourbon which was not in the pie at all. I my self had tasted the individual components and they were very tasty by them selves. so i took the pie back and ate some of it. I discovered to my surprise what it did mimic a bourbon taste, the why however was because there was an abundance of pecans. the 1 cup is way too much and the unsweetened chocolate with the pecans mocked and after taste to bourbon. My personal opinion is this use only a 1/2 cup of pecans in the chocolate mixture and use 6 oz of German chocolate instead of 4 oz and 2 oz of unsweetened. I think this would make a much better pie.Jan