Coconut lovers, rejoice. This pie is for you.
My husband and I are huge coconut fans and so it finds its way into a lot of my baking. I just can’t resist. And every time I bake with coconut I think I fall more deeply in love with its flavor and texture. This toasted coconut cream pie was no exception.
I’ve provided my current favorite pie crust recipe below, but you can use your own recipe or a store-bought shell for easier baking. It’s the filling that’s the real star of this pie, and well worth the effort to make it homemade. It’s smooth, creamy, and loaded (and I mean loaded) with toasted coconut. Instead of pouring it into the crust, I wanted to grab a spoon and devour it immediately. But once it was chilled and piled high with sweetened whipped cream and more toasted coconut, I was glad I had resisted.
Coconut cream pie is one of those homey, classic desserts and I will never turn down a slice of it. Toasting the coconut is a fun tasty spin and it made it really hard to stop after just one slice. So I didn’t. Don’t ask me how much of this pie I ate by myself.
You may enjoy these other coconut recipes:
White Chocolate and Toasted Coconut Cookies by Completely Delicious
Pineapple-Coconut Macaroons by David Lebovitz
Coconut Mango Oat Muffins by The Kitchn
Southern Coconut Cake by Completely Delicious
Apricot Coconut Energy Bars by Shutterbean
- ½ cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, cold and cut into one inch pieces
- 1¼ cups (155 grams) all-purpose flour
- ½ tablespoon (5 grams) sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon buttermilk, cold
- 1¾ cup (130 grams) unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2¼ cup (530 milliliters) whole milk
- ¾ cup (150 grams) sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- ¼ cup (40 grams) cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter
- 2 cups (475 milliliters) heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Additional coconut
- To make the crust, stir together the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and toss to coat the butter. Use a fork or pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is the size of small peas. Create a well in the middle. Add the buttermilk into the well and use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine. Add a more buttermilk a tablespoon at a time, if necessary, but the mixture should be a little on the dry side. Dump the contents back onto your floured surface and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for one hour. Can be made in advance.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie crust into a 13 inch circle. Move to a 9-inch pie dish, trimming and folding down the edges. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a sheet of foil and press into the pie dish, greased side down. Make sure all of the crust is covered. Fill the foiled pie dish with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes, remove the foil and weights and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely.
- To make the filling, reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Spread the coconut on a sheet pan and toast in the oven in 2 minute intervals, stirring frequently, until evenly toasted. Be careful, the coconut can burn quickly. Let cool.
- In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of the milk and sugar and heat over medium high heat until steaming and sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add the heated milk mixture to the yolks while whisking constantly. Combine the remaining ¼ cup milk and cornstarch and whisk until no lumps remain, and add to the egg mixture. Return to saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, butter, and toasted coconut.
- Spoon the filling into the baked pie shell and chill in the fridge for at least one hour. To make the topping, beat the cream until thickened. Add the vanilla extract and sugar and beat until just combined. Spread on top of the filling. Sprinkle with additional coconut. Chill until ready to serve.
- The pie will keep in the fridge for several days.
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