My name is Alisa Newman. I live in Orange County, CA. Wife to Brandon, and Mama to my two kiddos- Charlie (9) and Ciera (6) and furbaby- Cinnamon (a Shiba Inu). and I’m super excited to share my blogs which will include recipes (mainly desserts and fun treats), baking tips, crafty things, giveaways, photos and life with you!
I LOVE to bake. It’s a huge stress reliever for me. I also love it because it allows me to get creative. It’s my “art”. It’s a fun thing to do with kids. A fun way to teach and to bond with them. I’d like to share one of my favorite recipes with you for Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie. If you know me, you know that I LOVE coconut. I think that this dessert is a perfect ‘anytime’ dessert. It’s not seasonal. It’s delicious, and the most important part- it’s EASY! Enjoy~ Old fashioned Coconut Cream Pie:
1 cupsweetened flaked coconut
3 cups of half and half
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1- 9 inch pie shell baked (I usually use the frozen pre-made pie shells from Trader Joes or Pilsbury, and just follow the instructions for baking on the package)
1 cup of whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake, stir occasionally, until golden brown, approx 4 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine half-and-half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt and stir it well. Bring mixture to a boil over low heat, stir constantly! Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract.
Set aside the remaining coconut to top the pie.
Pour the filling into the pie shell and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with the reserved toasted coconut.
* Here’s a little tip- I like to make my own whipped cream. You can do this by taking about 3 cups of heavy whipping cream, add about 2 tbsp of powdered sugar, and blend until firm(I use my magic bullet to blend and it turns out perfect every time). It is SO extremely easy to make your own homemade whipped cream and it makes a world of difference. Although, if you don’t have the time or don’t want the fuss, feel free to use canned whipped cream or cool whip to top the pie. It’ll be yummy either way!
This would be such a great dessert to make for a potluck or BBQ. Really though, do we need a reason to make it? Didn’t think so.