Back in August of 2002, I emailed the L.A. Food Times regarding a recipe that I had gotten from their S.O.S. site and lost. We made it several times and it was one of those special to-die-for recipes, so I was not a happy camper when I misplaced the recipe.
After writing to them, they reposted the recipe for me in their food column, I came across it again today and wanted to put it on Jan CAN Cook before I lost it again. If you want a truly wonderful dessert, forget about the calories and make this. It’s really special.
DEAR SOS: About five or six years ago you printed a recipe for Lawry's Coconut Pie. It had a coconut crust and was to die for.
DEAR JAN: This is a great pie for those who fail at making pie crusts. This crust is really simple, consisting of melted butter and coconut pressed into a pie plate.
Lawry's Coconut Banana Cream Pie
Active Work Time: 20 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes plus 2 hours chilling
COCONUT PIE SHELL
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, plus more for pie plate
3 cups sweetened flake coconut
Lightly butter a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
Melt the 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat and brown the coconut flakes, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. They should be golden brown. Press the coconut firmly and evenly in the pan to form a shell. Chill the crust 30 minutes before filling.
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup flour
3 cups half-and-half, divided
Yellow food coloring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Combine the egg yolks, 1/4 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch, salt and flour in a small bowl. Gradually add 1 cup of the half-and-half.
Combine the remaining 2 cups half-and-half and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a 3-quart saucepan and bring just to boil over medium heat. Add the egg mixture and cook and stir until the mixture returns to a boil and thickens, about 1 minute.
Remove from the heat. Stir in 2 drops of food coloring and the vanilla. Cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Let cool.
Slice the bananas into the pie shell. Pour the filling into the shell.
Whip the cream with the powdered sugar until stiff. Spoon in dollops or pipe with a pastry bag around the edge of the pie. Chill 2 hours before slicing.
6 to 8 servings. Each of 8 servings: 563 calories; 427 mg sodium; 182 mg cholesterol; 39 grams fat; 26 grams saturated fat; 50 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 1.62 grams fiber.
Update: So many of you have found your way to this recipe via Pinterest, I appreciate all of the Pins, and hope you all enjoy this incredible pie. I've received a few emails from people saying it was hard to cut through the crust, the only thing I can think of is that perhaps you are pressing the coconut into the pie pan, too firmly. The majority of people seem to have no trouble with this, so I hope bit of information helps others who are going to bake this wonderful pie. The response to it has been so positive, this is truly a one of a kind recipe.
Also, if you would like to see more of my recipes, just go to the main area of Jan CAN Cook, here's a quick click for you, you might also want to go to my Tried' 'N True Hall of Fame, there are some really good recipes in that area.
I also blog daily at Jan's Daily Dish, and this summer I built a knock-off Pottery Barn Bulletin Board, which turned out so well, that I want people to know about it in case they want to try it. It hasn't had a lot of interest yet on Pinterest, but if you like it, would you please take a minute and pin it. I think a lot of people would enjoy making this at a fraction of the cost of the Pottery Barn ones. I give detailed instructions and pictures of how to make this, it's a great family project, and the results are spectacular, use your imagination, any type of fabric can be used, I'm really happy with the way this turned out.
Thanks for visiting my site, enjoy that pie, and if you like my bulletin board, please pin it. ~ Jan