Looking for a light and luscious dessert? Well, look no further. I dare say that you may even be able to win over those who profess not to be a lover of coconut with this pie. The custard is rich and creamy, but not at all heavy. I thought about saving the leftover filling and serving it in pudding cups another evening, but it’s the combination of the toasted pecan graham cracker crust, the light and fluffy whipped cream and the toasted coconut that make this dessert so special. This would be a lovely finish to a spicy Thai supper. Coconut Cream Pie (from Food 52)8 graham crackers (one sleeve)1/4 cup pecans4 tablespoons melted butter1 1/2cups whole milk15 ounce can sweetened cream of coconut4 egg yolks3 tablespoons sugar5 tablespoons cornstarch1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon cold butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup coconut flakes1 cup whipping cream1 tablespoon confectioners (powdered) sugar
Start by making a graham cracker crust: Crush the graham crackers and pecans in a food processor (or by hand in a baggie with a rolling pin). Stir in melted butter, press into a pie tin, and bake at 350° F for 10 minutes. Then leave the crust to cool.To make the coconut custard, start by heating milk and cream of coconut in a saucepan until scalding. In a bowl, whisk together yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt until pale yellow. Carefully temper the yolk mixture by whisking in 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture. Then, slowly add the remaining milk, whisking continuously until fully combined.Pour the custard base back into the saucepan and place over low heat. Whisk continuously until the custard boils and thickens. Then remove from the heat.Whisk in the cold butter and vanilla extract. Leave custard to cool to room temperature.Pour the cooled custard into the cooled crust and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours. Toast coconut flakes in a pan over low heat until the edges are golden. Let cool.Whip cream with powdered sugar until it is thick and spreadable. Top the coconut pie with whipped cream and sprinkle on coconut flakes. Slice and serve!