Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tropical Toasted Coconut Banana Cream Pie

I love coconut and I love bananas so I thought I'd try combining the two when making a custard pie. It worked and it worked like a charm. The crunch of the coconut and the delicate taste of the bananas blend beautifully giving a tropical taste and feel combining two old standards into a pie that you will make again - I promise! If you really want to cut down on the work you can use a cooked vanilla pudding for the filling but it's worth the effort to make the custard filling from scratch.

  • 1 large or 2 small bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cream of coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted
  • one deep dish refrigerated pie crust

Place pie crust in 9" pie plate folding edges of pie crust under, and flute. Prick crust with a fork and line the dough with a piece of foil, and arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until the edge is lightly browned. Cool crust on a wire rack.

To prepare filling, slice banana(s) and arrange on the bottom of the baked and cooled pie crust.

Combine 3/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan, and stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add about 1/3 cup hot custard to beaten eggs; stir constantly with a whisk. Return egg mixture to pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove mixture from heat; stir in cream of coconut and extracts. Spoon mixture into the prepared crust that has been lined with the banana(s). Cover surface of filling with plastic wrap; chill until set (about 2 hours).

Remove plastic wrap, and spread whipped topping evenly over filling. Sprinkle with coconut.

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1 comment:

^..^Corgidogmama said...

If sailing the ocean blue on the Titantic....and my choice would have been...lifeboat, or have this last piece of delectable pie...the pie pan would have been empty!
This looks divine, and a luscious combo of flavors!
Oh my gravy!