|Triple Coconut Cream Pie|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Crust Ingredients|
I started by mixing the flour, sugar, salt and coconut together in a bowl then cutting in the chilled butter with a pastry blender. I continued until the butter was in small pieces well coated with flour.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Cutting in the Butter|
Next I added all of the water and Vodka and mixed well with a fork.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Adding Water & Vodka|
When the dough came together I turned it out onto the counter and brought it together.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Thoroughly Mixed Dough|
Wrapped and ready for an hour in the fridge.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Dough for the Fridge|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – The Book and Dough|
Now it was time to make the Pastry Cream filling:
In a pot I mixed together the milk, coconut milk and the shredded coconut.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Milks & Coconut in the Pot|
Now it was time to scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and put the seeds and the bean in the coconut milk pot and heat everything on medium high heat until the mixture just starts to boil. Keep a close watch here!
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Splitting and Scraping the Vanilla Bean|
While the coconut & vanilla mixture is coming to temperature whisk the eggs, sugar, and flour together.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Mixing The Eggs, Sugar & Flour|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Just boiled milks|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Tempering the Eggs|
After quickly tempering the egg mixture I added it to the coconut mixture pot while whisking quickly. Place the pot back on the heat and continue to whisk until the mixture is very thick. 4 to 5 minutes. My time was 7 minutes.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Adding the Tempered Eggs for the Final Boil|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Incorporating the Butter|
I removed the vanilla pod and discard it. Place plastic wrap directly on the warm mixture and chilled it well in the fridge. This can take a couple of hours. Ensure the plastic wrap is in direct contact with the pastry cream while it is in the fridge to avoid a skin forming.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Ready to be Chilled|
With the pastry cream in the fridge it was time to finish the coconut crust. I turned on the oven to heat it to 400˚. After removing the dough from the ridge and letting it rest for 10 minutes on the counter. I started to roll it out. Keeping the counter well floured and constantly lifting the pastry made it easy to roll out the dough to the right size.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Rolling out the Crust|
I place the pie plate I was going to use over the rolled out dough to make sure I had the right size.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Ensuring the Right Sized Crust|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Transferring to the Pie Plate|
I gently unrolled the dough over the pie plate and then worked it into the corners.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Working the Crust into the Pie Plate|
I trimmed the dough so that it had about a 2 cm over hang and then crimped the edges.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Crimping the Crust|
After crimping the edges I pricked the bottom of the pastry with a fork. This helps ensure there are no air domes created when it is time to bake the pastry shell. Then I put the pie plate in the freezer for 10 minutes.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Docking the Crust|
After 10 minutes in the freezer I lined the pan with parchment paper and filled the cavity with pie weights and into the oven the crust went.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Parchment & Pie Weights for Blind Baking|
After 20 minutes, when the edge started to brown, I remove the parchment paper and the pie weights and put the pie pan back into the oven until the pastry had completely cooked. That took 15 or so more minutes. The pie does not get cooked again so be sure the bottom crust is fully baked.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Finished Crust|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Toasting the Coconut|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Toasted Coconut|
Take a block of white chocolate and use a sturdy vegetable peeler to shave off curls. You can try to use the palm of your hand to slightly warm up the chocolate to get better curls.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Creating White Chocolate Curls|
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Chocolate Curls|
Now it was time for the final assembly! Ensuring the pastry shell is completely cooled I added the coconut pastry cream ans smoothed it out into a slight dome.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Pie Assembly – Pastry Cream|
I whipped the cream topping and piped it onto the pastry cream.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Pie Assembly – Whipped Cream|
Finally I added the toasted coconut and the white chocolate curls. Then off to the fridge until dessert time.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Pie Assembly- Coconut and White Chocolate Garnish|
This pie was simply amazing! Worth getting the cookbook for if you can’t make it to Seattle.
|Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Ready for Eating!!|
- I used the America’s Test Kitchen method of using Vodka for some of the water in the crust. Vodka contains less water and brings a lighter crispier crust. I think some of the butter in this crust could be replaced with shortening for a few more flakes
- When making the coconut pastry cream stay focused. I can see how this would easily go wrong. Having said that… have no fear!
- When making the chocolate curls – use a sturdy vegetable peeler
- Consider using your own home made shredded coconut – this would make the pie utterly sublime