Coconut Cream Pie

Diane Springs Recipe

By Diane Springs DianeSprings

This recipe is not only for a coconut cream pie, but for any cream pie. This is the old Better Homes and Gardens recipe and I haven't found any cream pie that holds a candle to it. It's my grandmother's recipe...and my family loves them!

My meringue isn't the prettiest in the picture, but I've found that when you're serving homemade pie, after the first bite, the "biter" doesn't much care what it looks like - but they LOVE how good it tastes!


Recipe Rating:
 4 Ratings
Serves:
8
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

3/4 c
sugar
1/3 c
flour (or 3 tbs cornstarch)
1/4 tsp
salt
2 c
milk
3
egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp
butter
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1
9" baked pastry shell

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Be sure and look for my pastry and meringue on different recipe pages!
2
In saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat till bubbly. Cook and stir two minutes. Remove from heat.
3
Stir small amount of hot mixture into yolks, stirring quickly. Immediately return to hot mixture and blend quickly. Cook two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.
4
Pour into COOLED pastry shell.

Spread meringue immediately on top of hot pie mixture. Make it pretty... and bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes.
5
I've had trouble with my meringue shrinking for years. Recently, I've discovered if you've got a tabletop mixer, make your meringue while you are mixing up your cream mixture. If your cream pie mixture gets done before your meringue, keep it in the pan and set aside. Because IMMEDIATELY upon pouring your cream mixture into the pie shell, you'll need to spread the meringue on top and completely seal - making sure your meringue connects well with your pie crust. If you seal is good between your crust and your meringue, it won't shrink...I promise! :)

Good Luck!
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Variations for different kinds of pies:

Chocolate Pie: Prepare basic cream pie, increasing sugar to 1 cup, 3 TBS chocolate powder and make the very same way.

Banana Cream Pie: Slice three bananas into cooled pastry shell and top with basic cream mixture.

Coconut Cream Pie: Add 1 cup flaked coconut into basic cream mixture. You'll also want to sprinkle 1/3 flaked coconut on top of the meringue before browning, just to make it pretty.

Butterscotch Cream Pie: Substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar in basic cream recipe. Increase butter to THREE tablespoons.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies, Chocolate
Hashtags: #coconut, #banana, #Cream
  • Comments

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    Karla Everett Karla59 - Mar 17, 2012
    Karla Everett [Karla59] has shared this recipe with discussion group:
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    Bernice Mosteller candychristmas - Mar 26, 2012
    I have got to make this pie asap. It looks absolutely amazing. I'm going to tag you for a favorite cook. I know if your pies is as good as the pastry, it has got be heavenly. Thanks again for sharing.
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    Bernice Mosteller candychristmas - Mar 26, 2012
    I love your note about the "biter"
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    Diane Springs DianeSprings - Mar 27, 2012
    :) When you make it, let me know. I know you'll like it. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! :) I've got several recipes on this site. Reason being, is that I want all my good ones to be somewhere my kids can find them in case I leave this earth for some strange reason! :) There's nothing like an old recipe to bring up a good memory about all of us being together, laughing and having a good time. So, if you look through mine, just know they're all my favorites!

    Enjoy your day...forgot to look for the fried pie dough last night, but don't give up on me. I just have to REMEMBER to do it!
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    Bernice Mosteller candychristmas - Mar 28, 2012
    Yes, When I clicked on your white heart it turned it red. You are in my group of favorite cooks. It listed all your recipes that you have posted. I believed it gave 28 recipes in all! I won't give up on you. I know how it is when you have your grand kids. I had 2 of mine today, that was why I didn't get on here till late. Take care and have a great day!