OH MI GAH! White Chocolate Coconut Cream!

image & recipe via cookie madness! YES!



I made this recently for a party and it was FABULOUS.  I just made a few changes:

  1. I didn’t add sugar to the crust.  I used 2 cups of crushed nilla wafers with ~6 tbsp butter for the crust.
  2. I did make the custard strait in a pot, and not in a double boiler.  It’s important to stir vigorously and remove it from the heat when it starts to get really hot.
  3. Rather than stir un-whipped heavy cream into the chilled custard,  I whipped about 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream until it formed stiff peaks (like whipped cream should).  Then, I whipped the chilled custard for a minute with the electric mixer, stirred in the toasted coconut, and folded in the whipped cream with a spatula last.    I poured it all into the crust and topped with more toasted coconut.  YUM!


White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (35 wafers/5 oz)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream (divided use)
1/2 cup coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
3 extra-large egg yolks
4 ounces chopped white chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) sweetened
shredded coconut, toasted*

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch deep dish glass pie dish.

Mix the cookie crumbs, sugar and butter. Press mixture into bottom and sides of the greased pie dish and bake on center rack for about 10 12 minutes.

Filling: Mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a 2-quart, heavy saucepan. Whisk in 1 cup of the cream and the ½ cup coconut milk. Whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time, until smooth.
Set the saucepan over medium heat. Stir or whisk constantly, making sure to reach into the corners of the pan, as the mixture thickens and comes to a boil – that step is easier to do with a whisk then a spoon, so I use both tools. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture very well, then return the pan to the heat. Simmer the mixture, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the white chocolate and vanilla. Stir until the chocolate melts. The mixture will be very thick and slightly (very!) oily looking. Transfer the mixture to a large metal bowl (I used bowl of a stand mixer), press a piece of plastic wrap (I used parchment) onto the top, and refrigerate until cold.

When the custard is cold, beat it with an electric mixer on high speed for1 minute, until it is smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is thick and fluffy like whipped cream. Fold in 1 cup of the toasted coconut. Pour into the prepared crust. At this point you may wish to make a topping of whipped cream. Lora Brody’s recipe didn’t have one, but I beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and added a little sugar and vanilla then piped it around the edges. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup toasted coconut. Refrigerate the pie until ready to serve.

*To toast coconut in the oven, spread it on a shallow, rimmed baking sheet and place it in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring 1 to 2 times. I usually toast it until some of the coconut is golden, then I mix it all together.


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