My father-in-law is a very selfless man who asks for so little. I love that about him but it also makes it difficult to get him something for his birthday. We usually end up just getting him gift cards for Barnes and Noble since he devours books. He turned 74 a few days ago and I at least wanted to make him dessert for celebrating to go with the gift cards. His favorite dessert in the world is coconut cream pie so that was the obvious, delicious choice!
After it chilled, I topped it with a generous layer of whipped cream and lots more toasted coconut. I was so excited to bring it to dinner with my wonderful father-in-law! So a big public Happy Birthday to him and cheers to a great year ahead. xoxo
This is a luscious, wonderful and classic coconut cream pie that comes together easily with a gorgeous graham cracker crust!
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/2 sticks butter melted
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon spiced rum optional
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 3 cups half and half
- 2 whole eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 pinch salt
- whipped cream for topping
- First, make the crust. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray a 9 inch pie pan really well with cooking spray. Then combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, rum and cinnamon together in a bowl and stir them together really well to resemble wet sand. Press the mixture into the pie pan firmly to form a solid, even crust. Bake it for 15-20 minutes to let it completely bake through and set. It will become gorgeously golden. While it bakes, spread the coconut out onto a lined sheet tray and toast it in the oven with the crust on another shelf. It should take 5-7 minutes for it to toast perfectly. Let the crust and coconut cool completely once they are done.
- While they cool, make the coconut cream. Combine the half and half, eggs, sugar, flour, coconut extract and salt together in a medium sauce pan. Whisk it all together thoroughly, then heat it on the stove over low heat. Stir it constantly while it warms up, then slowly increase the heat to medium low after 3-4 minutes. Number 4 on my gas stove was the magic number. Once it starts to bubble and thicken, keep stirring it constantly to let it cook for a couple of minutes. Then take it off of the heat and stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut. Reserve the rest of the coconut to top the pie.
- Spread the coconut cream evenly in the cooled graham cracker crust and chill the pie for at least 4 hours. Then top it with a generous layer of whipped cream and sprinkle the remaining toasted coconut on the very top. Serve and enjoy!