Lorie's Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie

Recipe courtesy Lorie Roach for 2011 Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Show: The Perfect 3 Episode: Pies
TOTAL TIME: 10 hr 15 min
Prep: 1 hr
Inactive Prep: 8 hr
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
 
YIELD: 1 pie; 8 to 10 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

CRUST:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice-cold water
    FILLING:
    • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided
    • 1 envelope (about 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin powder
    • 1 (13 1/2-ounce) can pure coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 1 large whole egg
    • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
    • 1 (15-ounce) can cream of coconut
    • 2 1/2 cups shredded, flaked coconut
      TOPPING:
      • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
      • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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      Directions

      For the crust: In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut in the shortening and butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the vinegar and 2 tablespoons water, until the mixture forms a ball, adding more water if necessary. Pat into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

      Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Roll the dough out to an 11-inch circle to fit a 9 1/2-inch glass pie plate. Place the crust in pie plate and trim and crimp edges. Place the dish on a baking sheet for easier handling. Prick the bottom and sides of the crust well with a fork. Line the inside of the crust with a piece of foil or parchment, allowing edges to extend several inches beyond the perimeter. Place 2 cups of dried beans in the crust to weight it down during baking and prevent shrinkage. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is no longer raw on the bottom. Remove the foil and beans by carefully lifting the foil out by the overhang. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

      For the filling: Place 1/2 cup cold milk in a medium-size mixing bowl (preferably with a pouring spout) and sprinkle the gelatin over top. Set aside to soften, about 5 minutes.

      Bring the remaining milk and coconut milk to nearly a boil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat.

      When the gelatin is soft, add the sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, and egg and whisk until very well blended. Gradually whisk about a 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture into the gelatin mixture; repeat this process once or twice using about 3/4 cup of the hot milk mixture. Pour the warmed gelatin mixture into the saucepan with the hot milk and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook for about 3 more minutes or until the mixture is very thick.

      Strain the pastry cream through a fine wire strainer into a large clean bowl; whisk in the butter, coconut extract, and cream of coconut until smooth. Stir in 2 cups shredded coconut.

      Pour into the cooled pie shell and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

      For the topping: Beat the heavy cream in a large bowl on high speed until foamy. Add the powdered sugar, and vanilla, and beat until soft to medium stiff peaks form. Spread over the pie. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup coconut. Keep refrigerated.

      Cook's Note: This is my dream pie and everything I think a coconut pie should have: a golden, flaky crust; a cool and creamy, fluffy filling that tastes like coconut, not just a vanilla pastry cream with shredded coconut stirred in; and freshly whipped and sweetened heavy cream because I'm a whipped cream girl, not a meringue girl.

      Chilling the crust for 4 hours makes all the difference in terms of the flakiness. Straining the custard is important for a really smooth texture. And lastly, chilling the pie for a good 8 hours is the key for perfect slicing.

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      • on August 01, 2014

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        I am obsessed with Coconut Cream Pie. In fact, I am always trying new recipes for the perfect pie. Lorie's Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie is near perfect! I made it yesterday, EXACTLY as written, for a dinner party and got rave reviews from everyone! While I LOVED the pie, I would make a small change the next time I make it: omit the sugar. Why? Even though there's only 1/2 cup sugar in the recipe, the can of cream of coconut is extremely sweet. European desserts are very rich, like this one, but never sweet-sweet, like they are in America. Less sugar will NOT compromise this delicious recipe! I'll try it and post my review again.

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      • on November 30, 2013

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        Delicious filling, totally amazing, did not like crust. Too fragile and I could taste the vinegar. Used Martha Stewarts pie crust recipe and all fit perfectly.

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      • on January 18, 2013

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        I made this for my husband, and he says that it is amazing! Never had a coconut cream pie that was so delicious! Thank you Lorie!

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