Monday, January 19, 2009

More Evil Cooking-Coconut Pie

This recipe comes from our sweet next door neighbor. If there's any advice that I can give you is to move next door to an elderly good Southern cook that is willing to give up her recipes.

I never really liked coconut growing up, but then again, I hated turnip greens, celery and raw oysters too. Still hate celery unless it's slathered in pimento cheese so you can't taste it. This pie is easy but a bit time consuming since you really do need to use a real coconut, the dried stuff in the vacuum packed bag is nasty.

Coconut Pie
1 baked deep dish pie shell
2 cups half and half
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
meat from 1 coconut

Heat milk and butter over low/medium heat. Beat egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and flour in separate bowl; add to milk. Add grated coconut and cook until thickened. Pour into pie shell.

Beat egg whites with 8 tablespoons sugar until stiff and glossy (helps if they are room temperature). Spread over pie mixture and bake at 350 until brown as desired.

Serve with an angioplasty.

Hints--to crack a coconut, first I drive a nail into one of the eyes and drain the milk and then I simply take it outside to the driveway and smash it down on the concrete.
Use a vegetable peeler to peel the husk from the meat and grind it with a food grater, blender or food processor (the latter my favorite)

I'm a biggie on raw egg safety and usually hate merangue. However, I baked this pie last night and the top came out very sweet and crispy like divinity. It took about 30 minutes in the oven. I personally can't stand that sea foamy/cottage cheesy type of stuff my mother makes on top of pies.


DeadmansLog said...

This is truly evil. It sounds delightfully decadent!

...did you say 2 cups half & half?

Mr.Macabre said...

Oh yeah, as in 16 fluid ounces! This pie is just about one of the worst things that you can put in your is definately wonderful!

halloween spirit said...

This looks delicious!!
. . . and I don't even like coconut!

Mr.Macabre said...

The taste isn't overwhelmingly sweet, it's very delicate tasting, which makes it all the more deadly.

The Captain said...

Me either, no like a the coconut!