Coconut Cream Pie is a classic, dreamy dessert that will WOW guests at any gathering. A creamy filling is topped with homemade whipped cream and perfectly toasted coconut flakes!
How do you feel about coconut desserts? Love ‘em or hate ‘em? Because it seems like people are in one camp or the other. I enjoy a delicious coconut dessert but I don’t make enough of them. This needs to change, people, this needs to change. I threw together this creamy, dreamy coconut cream pie for Easter and it kinda blew my mind. It was ridiculously easy to prepare and it was sooo yummy. I hadn’t known this before he took a bite, but apparently my father-in-law is a huge fan of coconut cream pie. He declared my version to be “really good.” <<— AMAZING COCONUT CREAM PIE ENDORSEMENT!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST COCONUT CREAM PIE
Follow these simple steps to make the creamiest, most coconutty pie you’ll ever taste:
STEP 1 - TOAST COCONUT & BAKE PIE CRUST
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 3 cups of coconut flakes in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 4 minutes and stir. Bake for an additional 4 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Press a store-bought refrigerated deep dish pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake according to package directions.
STEP 2 - MAKE THE FILLING
In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk until the mixture is totally smooth.
STEP 3 - STIR IN COCONUT
Stir in half of the toasted coconut, as well as the vanilla and coconut extracts.
STEP 4 - POUR INTO CRUST
Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
STEP 5 - MAKE WHIPPED TOPPING
Just before serving, place a metal mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Remove and immediately add 3 cups of heavy whipping cream to the bowl, along with 3/4 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon coconut extract to the bowl. Beat on high speed for 4 minutes, or until the whipped topping is firm.
STEP 6 - ASSEMBLE PIE
Spread in an even layer over the pie filling and top with the remaining toasted coconut flakes.
TIPS: HOW TO ACHIEVE COCONUT CREAM PIE PERFECTION!
While bringing the filling to a boil on the stove top, make sure you whisk constantly to avoid making scrambled eggs.
Coconut Cream Pie is the perfect Easter dessert, but don’t limit it to just Easter! It is perfect for summer gatherings, Thanksgiving, Christmas or an any-day dessert!
Promise me that you will not skip out on toasting the coconut flakes. This step is vital and EASY and transforms this pie into something amazing.
I highly recommend making your own whipped cream, as opposed to buying the frozen version. It is so creamy and delicious when made from scratch!