Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie

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This Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie recipe tastes like a coconut crème brulee! An easy coconut pie with a flaky crust that’s filled with loads of shredded coconut set in a baked custard.

This recipe and photo have been updated in 2018

A slice of coconut pie on a blue polka dot plate

Homemade Coconut Custard Pie

I am constantly trying to push my comfort zone when it comes to baking. The best way to challenge yourself is to try and try again! Often times, I will test recipes from cookbooks, new and old. What I love about older cookbooks, is that the details are very vague, and it leaves the interpretation up to you.

This Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie was adapted from a cookbook that was copyright from 1933, and this edition was printed in 1937. The pages are an aged yellow, and it smells like the library. There are some notes inside the front cover from the pervious owner, and all the photos are in black and white. These are the best kind of cookbooks!

An overhead view of a whole coconut pie with dollops of whipped cream and two strawberries in the middle

The original name for this was “Vanity Fair Coconut Custard Pie”. I have never baked anything like this before. The ingredients are simple: 3 eggs, sugar, a dash of salt, milk and lots of coconut. After it is baked, it reminds me of crème brulee in that the filling is a baked custard.

When I originally cut into this pie, I wasn’t sure if it was quite right, but after looking through several updated versions of the recipe, I saw that it in fact resembled the vintage pie.

I baked this recipe a second time, adding my own spin to the recipe. Instead of using all regular milk, I substituted 1 cup of coconut milk. The original recipe, while full of coconut flakes, did not have enough flavor for me. So I decided to also add one teaspoon of coconut extract, and I doubled the amount of coconut flakes that the recipe called for. I was much happier with the second version.

A slice of coconut pie with a couple of bites missing

Since the filling is pretty much pure liquid, I was not sure if the crust would get soggy. Turns out it was actually perfect! It was soft, yet flaky. I decided that I would keep this pie refrigerated, but the recipe did not specify. I think I liked the idea of a cold pie better for the summer anyway!

This pie definitely needs to cool all the way before serving. The filling will still be a bit jiggly, which will make you question whether it is done for not. I still used a toothpick to see if it was baked through, and it was. As it cools, it will become more firm. This is typical with custard pies.

A quarter slice of pie in a teal pie plate decorated with whipped cream

For the crust, you should use your favorite recipe. My personal favorite is from Pioneer woman, but the recipe makes 2 full crusts. I usually end up freezing one. I also have a gluten-free pie crust that I adapted from Ree’s recipe.

Remember, that with any pie crust, it is better to work with it cold! I struggle to make the prettiest edges, but practice makes perfect, right? I find that I have been more successful with a Crisco based pie crust recipe. The edges tend to shrink less because Crisco has a higher melting temperature.

This pie can be made in a standard 9-inch pie dish in either a regular or a deep dish pie. Since I updated the recipe that is significantly less liquid, and a deep dish pan is not needed.

When I served this pie to my friends, they suggested that it would be awesome with a drizzle of raspberry sauce, and I couldn’t agree more!

Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie

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A Slice of Coconut Pie on a Blue Polka Dot Plate

Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices

Description

This Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie is similar to what you would imagine a coconut crème brulee might be. The flaky pie crust is filled with loads of shredded coconut set in a baked custard.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie pastry shell, prepared
  • 3 Large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup milk (I used non0fat)
  • 1 cup coconut milk, mixed
  • 2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Prepare a pastry pie shell, roll about and place in pie plate. Trim and flute the edges.
  3. To prepare the filling start by whisking the eggs, gradually adding in sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth and frothy.
  4. Add coconut extract, milk and coconut milk. Be sure to mix the coconut milk before adding to the eggs.
  5. Last, add the shredded coconut and whisk into the filling. Pour batter into prepared pie shell.
  6. Place pie plate on lower rack in your oven. Bake at 450°F for 20 minutes.
  7. After 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 350° F and cover the crust with foil to prevent burning. Bake for another 20-25 minutes.
  8. Pie will still be slightly jiggly on top, but stick a toothpick around the pie to ensure the filling has baked. If there is any bubbling or liquid on top, dab it lightly with a paper towel.
  9. Allow pie to cool completely before serving. I suggest to refrigerate and serve cold. Serve with whipped cream or a raspberry sauce.

Notes

This recipe and photo have been updated in 2018 to reduce the amount of liquid in this recipe.

Nutrition Information:
1 slice
373
24.2g
257.5mg
23.6g
36.4g
1.9g
6g
70.4mg
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: coconut pie, coconut custard pie, coconut desserts, easy coconut pie recipe

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71 Responses
  1. Pam

    I made this today for the first time. It worked worked perfectly! Such an easy dessert. Thank you for such a lovely recipe. I’m in Australia so had to do a little concerting and adjusting of the oven temp but so happy with the result.

  2. JimmyB

    Kelly asked about using a graham cracker crust and you were concerned about the amount of liquid in the pie affecting the crust. Maybe she could make a slipped custard pie if she is really eager to use the graham cracker crust.
    This pie sounds wonderful and I intend to make it tonight.

  3. JB

    I made this yesterday and I enjoyed it, but had a lot of comments from family about the amount of coconut in it. Do you do 2 cups (16 ounces) of coconut or 2 dry cups?

    Thanks!

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