Sunday, February 3, 2008

Coconut Banana Cream Pie with Coconut Crust

I've made this pie, and it is SO good, and SO different, with the coconut crust. Give it a try, ladies, it's a winner...

~ jan

Crust Ingredients:
(7-ounce) package (2 2/3 cups) sweetened flaked coconut
cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, melted

Filling Ingredients:

cup sugar
cup all-purpose flour
teaspoon salt
cups milk
eggs, separated
teaspoon vanilla
medium banana, sliced

Meringue Ingredients:

reserved egg whites
tablespoons sugar

Heat oven to 325°F. Reserve 1/4 cup coconut; set aside.

Combine remaining coconut and butter in medium bowl; press onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in 2-quart saucepan; stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil (7 to 8 minutes). Remove from heat. Stir small amount of milk mixture into egg yolks; return to pan. Reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until slightly thickened (1 to 2 minutes). (DO NOT BOIL.) Stir in vanilla. Pour half of hot filling into baked crust; cover with banana slices. Top with remaining filling.

Increase oven temperature to 375°F. Beat egg whites in small bowl at high speed until foamy. Continue beating, gradually adding 6 tablespoons sugar, until glossy and stiff peaks form. Spread onto warm filling, sealing to edge of crust. Sprinkle with reserved coconut.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 30 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate at least 3 hours. Store refrigerated.

Ingredient Substitution Index

Nutrition Facts (1 serving): Calories: 340, Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 240mg, Carbohydrates: 43g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Protein: 6g

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