Toasted Coconut-Banana Cream Pie








Toasted Coconut-Banana Cream Pie

Graham Cracker Pastry Crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3-4 tablespoons ice water

2 large bananas, peeled and mashed
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
7 teaspoons granulated sugar

To make the crust, in a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt. Work the 6 tablespoons butter in, using a pastry blender or your fingers, until pea-sized lumps form. Sprinkle in the water, 1 tbsp. at a time, stirring gently with a fork after each addition and adding only enough of the water to form a rough mass.

Using floured hands, pat the dough into a smooth, flattened disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before rolling out. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Roll disc out thinly on a surface lightly covered with graham cracker crumbs, using a rolling pin, and fit into a 9-inch pie plate; trim and flute edges. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown; cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the filling, whisk together banana, yolks and cornstarch, in a large mixing bowl, until well combined.
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, whisk together evaporated milk and 3/4 cup sugar, and bring to a simmer, whisking frequently; whisk half of hot milk into yolk mixture, until combined. Whisk yolk mixture back into saucepan, and bring to a simmer, whisking frequently, until it thickens up and coats the back of a spoon. Strain custard into a medium mixing bowl, pressing well through a sieve. Whisk in 2 tablespoons butter, coconut extract and vanilla extract until well combined. Set aside 1/4 cup coconut for topping, but process remaining 1 3/4 cups in a food processor until finely ground; whisk into custard. Pour custard into cooled pie crust. Lightly cover and chill completely in the refrigerator, about 2 hours.

When ready to serve, prepare the whipped cream: Place heavy cream and 7 teaspoons sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat together using a mixer on high speed, until stiff peaks form, about 1-2 minutes. Spread whipped cream over pie, top with additional 1/4 cup coconut, and serve.

Makes 8 servings

40 comments:

  1. Wow, I think this pie might be capable of solving the world's problems. What a magnificent pie. Sigh, I love pie. SEVENTEEN things to blog, I am soooo jealous.

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  2. I'm with you - while I want summer to continue, I'm actually looking forward to classes starting back up!! I start on August 31st :) And hooray for 'Top Chef' tonight!!

    Stunning pie - keep baking, I say!!

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  3. I was JUST looking around for banana cream pie recipes, and here you go posting an amazing looking one!! I'm pretty sure I'm going to try this soon!

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  4. You had me at "toasted coconut"! YUM!!!

    Hey - would you like to participate in an online book tour for my cookbook? I would love to get your input! Let me know when you have a sec: sparkyluma@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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  5. I want this pie now. I can't get coconut cream pie out of my head these days. I love a good banana pie too.

    I hate seeing summer end. Even the extreme heat feels better to me than winter. I love knowning that the pools and beaches are open if I want to seek relief. What's worse is that this summer was hardly a summer at all in NY. June was nothing but cold and rain. Even July was cooler than usual. Temps didn't hit the 90s this summer until August. Now that summer feels like summer, it's almost over!

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  6. Why not combine the two Emily. I would have a huge chunk of this anytime:D

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  7. Sounds delicious and mouth watering photograph!

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  8. I love both bananas and coconut, Emily, so this is pretty much heavenly!

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  9. Yum, combining the two was a brillant idea!

    I'm with you Emily I have almost that many! Many of which I've fogotten key points and thoughts on! :( Also, some to the photos are questionable.

    Very excited to see what you've baked up for after school treats!
    ~ingrid

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  10. OMG, what a fabulous idea! I actually only halfway like each of those pies separately (did that make any sense?)--but the combo sounds terrific. And wow, 17 recipes?! I aspire to be you!

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  11. Sugarplum you have done it again.....made me get up from my chair to see which of these ingredients I have available...

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  12. That's my kind of pie - it looks fantastic! I feel like bananas are underutilized on dessert menus and they are so good.

    I'm a huge dork and always liked heading back to school and buying the perfect new school supplies every year :) Fall is my favorite season.

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  13. Lovely recipe. And I can't wait for September either. I love the crisp weather and days spent at an orchard.
    Sarah

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  14. awesomely terrific idea, pairing the two classic cream pies. for my money, it's coconut all the way, but i'd certainly stick my face in this. repeatedly.

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  15. So pretty and summery, your pies remind me of those on The Waitress, such yummy flavor combos.

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  16. That is an "over the top" pie! I love both coconut and banana and know I will have to make this! Thanks Emily!

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  17. Yum, Emily, Yum! This sounds so good. I love coconut anything.

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  18. Hooray for Fall, and more boyfriend time! Most excellent!

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  19. This should be called Toasted coconut -banana dream pie! It looks delicious! Thanks for your comments on my blog Emily :)

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  20. Oh yum. I'm craving this right now!

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  21. Goodness! There are 16 more after this?!! Your whipped cream is amazing. It looks like meringue! You are seriously gifted.

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  22. You had me at hello. I could just roll naked in this. Thank you for the drool.
    Dana Zia

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  23. i get happy just thinking about banana cream pie... coconut is even better

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  24. OMG your pie looks really delicious and I like combination of coconut and banasa a lot.

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  25. That's what French people are craving when it comes to American pastry. Your banana cream pie looks outstanding!

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  26. that sounds so good i want to cry...

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  27. i'm an autumn girl through and through so i'm really glad that summer is winding down! and september is my favourite month because it's my bday month haha :D anyway this pie is dreamy. i do love all things coconut. x

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  28. Looks nice and creamy! And very delicious, of course!

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  29. oooohhhh, my two favorite cream pies rolled into one. It doesn't get much better than this.

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  30. Looks awesome Emily. Coconut and Banana Pie sounds great, pass me a piña colada too while you're at it!
    LL
    P.S. Top Chef Stephanie Izard cooked for us last week, stop by my site in the next few days for the run down. She ROCKS!

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  31. Whoa dude - this looks amazing!!!!!!

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  32. I hear ya - I have way more than 17 recipes waiting to be blogged, but then again, I do more than just baking. I can't imagine baking that much - you are crazy! But this pie looks amazing, so please don't stop baking!

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  33. Wow! I adore coconut and am looking for a good recipe for coconut cream pie, it's not really something we have in England.
    Yum, yum, and may I just say - yum!

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  34. Sounds sooooo good. Will try it next week AFTER the end of the DIET this week--no desserts! Only raw, unadultrated non sugared, crusted, baked into-a-cake FRUIT! Love it but miss my dessert dearly. Aunt Joan

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  35. Somehow I missed this and dang, THAT looks like a pie!

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  36. I have always loved pie and looked for new recipes. This looks like a very tasty pie. Something I know I'd eat eccentric amounts of.

    Thanks for sharing it, going to have to make it at my next dinner party.

    Bill M.

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  37. I just made this pie for my boyfriend's birthday, and it was delicious. The filling was a little runny, but I think that was an error on my part, not anything to do with the recipe.

    Anyhow, awesome pie!

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  38. Guess what! This is what my daughter wants for her birthday cake! I'll let you know how it turns out........

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  39. OK, I made it for her birthday. It turned out super delicious. I hope she wants it again for her birthday next year. Thanks so much for the recipe!
    I used a store-bought crust and I did make a note that next time I will prepare all the ingredients before-hand so I don't have to do it during....

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