I love baking & this is one of my favorite things to make. So pretty when it's done. I made several for the hunters at the lodge I cook for during hunting season, as well as I used to make them in restaurants.
In a bowl, combine milk & egg yolks. Gradually stir into sugar mixture & cook over med-high heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens & boils or bubbles. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat & stir in 1/2 cup coconut, butter & vanilla.
Immediately pour filling into baked pastry shell.
Cover the filling with waxed paper.
Beat egg whites (at room temperature)& cream of tartar on high speed of electric mixer for 1 minute.
Beat 2-4 minutes until stiff peaks form & sugar dissolves.
Remove wax paper from pie filling. Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing to edge of pastry. Pile it up to form a peak in the middle & make ridges in it instead of smoothing out for a better effect.
Sprinkle meringue with 1/4 cup coconut.
Bake @ 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.