3/27/08

Cooking 101 - Coconut-Banana Cream Pie

For our Easter feasting, my mom (visiting me from Arizona) created this delectable dessert from an old cookbook in my collection. She thought it sounded good and we decided to try it out. WOW!!! This pie blows Marie Callender out of the WATER! You've got to try this! Nothing says SPRINGTIME like this cool, creamy pie!

I've got a variation at the bottom of the recipe of what I'll do differently next time.

Crust:
3 c. flaked coconut
7 T. butter

Filling:
2/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour
3 T. cornstarch
1/4 t. salt
3 c. light cream
4 egg yolks, beaten
2 t. vanilla
2 large, firm bananas

CRUST: In skillet, saute coconut in butter until golden. Press all but 2 Tbsp. into bottom and sides of a greased 9" pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.

FILLING: In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Add cream and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add egg yolks slowly. Cook 2 minutes more. Add vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Slice bananas in bottom of crust. Cover with cream mixture. Chill 2 hours. Top with bananas, whipped cream, and reserved coconut.

VARIATION: Use a pre-made shortbread or graham cracker crust. To get the intense coconut flavor, add toasted coconut into the custard mixture since it won't be in the crust. If you're cutting calories, (like that matters here) toast the coconut on a cookie sheet in your oven at 425 degrees instead of using butter.

9 comments:

Ang said...

That looks amazing! I will definitely put on my list to try. Thanks!

Giabella Designs said...

OMG! My kids would just kiss my feet if I could make this! I just bought one at Publix (our local grocery store) and it is their favorite but would love to make my own. Thanks for the recipe!

Jenni said...

yum!

missliss5/Melissa said...

Drooooling, droooooling. YUMMY!

Lolly Jane said...

came across your blog from google randomly. LoVe iT! so cute, adding you to our blog! xo-Lolly Jane

michelle said...

How exciting! My hubby has celiac disease-can't eat flour and this will be perfect for him. Plus he served a mission in Hawaii and love coconut! Thanks-oh and nice to meet you! I am thinking about that cute apron swap...

DeGooyer Family said...

Looks De-Lish!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Chanda said...

Yum-o! I think I just gained five pounds from staring at the picture. Might as well make it and eat it now.

Melody said...

That looks absolutely delicious. Thanks Abby. Am I the only person I know who is not making an apron for the swap?