Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pie Hole.

As predicted, today is a snow day.  To make up for mocking my husband yesterday, I baked him a pie. At least I will have one less question thrown at me today.

Coconut cream pie!  Made from scratch I might add.  Although I did cheat and use a store bought crust.  You can't have everything.

This pie filling is so easy to make.  I know you want the recipe right?   This comes from an old cookbook that belonged to my mum.  She always called it the Victory cookbook although that's not the name of it. I think it must have been published during the Second World War.  It's one of those ones that say in the recipes bake till done, use a hot oven, flour to roll, etc.  You have to kind of guess for some of the directions.  However, I'll do my best to translate for you.

Cocoanut Pie (that's how it's spelled in the book. Is that right?)

2 egg yolks
5 tbsps. flour (level)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cocoanut
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg whites for top (I use three)
1 1/2 cups scalded milk (not boiled just bubbling hot around the edge of the pan)


Mix dry ingredients with cold milk and add to scalded milk.  Add cocoanut and vanilla after cooked.
Clear as mud, right?  Okay.  Bring the mixture to a boil stirring constantly.  When finished pour into baked pie shell.  Beat egg whites with 1/3 cup of sugar and spread on top of pie.  Sprinkle some coconut on top and brown meringue in 400F oven until desired brownness is reached.  This doesn't take long!  Enjoy!

I can't take a straight picture for the life of me.


An Urban Cottage said...

I LOVE coconut cream pie but the meringue seems weird to me. Ours always had whipped cream. I have a friend that makes one with a coconut shortbread crust. Unbelievable!

You're good to have around on a snow day!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, Deb...coconut cream is my Dad's very favorite. Yours looks heavenly and I am just betting your husband is going to be thrilled. I just love those old-timey cookbooks published back when cooking was an everyday event in homes :)


Razmataz said...

Ok, I am going to try this one on Sunday for my Mum's supper.

Make mine Mid-Century said...

He's a lucky husband! That pie looks fluffy and delicious. And I think the fluffiness of that pie is enough to start a Marx Brothers-inspired food fight in my house.

Bet you can't wait for the snow to melt though ...

L said...

I'm intrigued by the shortbread crust mentioned above!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Hey! That pie looks like snow! At least what I believe snow to look like.

Actually, I've never in my life had coconut cream pie. Never. I know you're finding this hard to believe. I guess my mom was not a coconut fan and her chocolate cream pie is so stinkin' wicked good that she's never allowed to make anything else. Your pie looks yum and I bet you're not allowed to make anything but coconut pie. (coconut is a fun word to type, isn't it?)

Anonymous said...

Oh, that looks good... and complicated. I'm not sure where to get cocoanut... Think I've only eaten that in chocolate, and then it's artificial I suppose. Lucky husband!

zigsma said...

My gosh that looks delish!! I wish for that pie on my dish...

Anonymous said...

Your meringue looks amazing, like it came from a bakery. Quite impressive. Have a nice weekend.


WTF. Is there a gun law in Canada? Baking him a pie for giving him his due? I wld have shot my husband by now if he gave any of those comments. The sentence for murder in the UK varies but can be as little as five years. Worth it for me if required. I've been married for 41 years. Less than a sentence for murder! He's cowering under the stairs as I write.Hahahaha.

Jen Kershner said...

Yummy pie! I don't even like coconut and it looks good. I've stopped making homemade crust until I get a real kitchen again!

candyn said...

This looks amazing! My favorite kind of pie ever. I'd welcome any and all mocking if I knew I would get this pie after! I've never been brave enough to bake a coconut cream pie. I've bought my fair share though. :0)