Bakery Coconut Cream Pie

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6-8 US
  • 1(9 inch) deep dish pie shells, baked (a 10-inch is even better!)
  • 1 14cups 18% table cream (or use half and half cream)
  • 1 14cups coconut milk (or use 2-1/2 cups of 18% table cream or half and half cream)
  • 1cup sweetened flaked coconut(use soft finely flaked coconut only)
  • 34cup white sugar, divided
  • 14cup cornstarch
  • 2eggs
  • 2teaspoons coconut extract (optional)
  • 2teaspoons vanilla
  • 1cup whipping cream, unwhipped

GARNISH

  • 2tablespoons toastedsweetened flaked coconut

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a saucepan, heat half and half with the coconut milk over medium heat, until steaming.
  2. In a large bowl,whisk 1/2 cup sugar with the cornstarch; whisk in the eggs until blended.
  3. Gradually mix in hot milk mixture into the egg mixture to thin, in a steady stream.
  4. Return the mixture to saucepan; cook, over medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 10 minutes, or until thickened to pudding consistency.
  5. Transfer to a bowl; stir in coconut extract (if using) and vanilla then mix in 1 cup coconut.
  6. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding mixture; refrigerate until cool.
  7. In a bowl, whip whipping cream with 1/4 cup of the remaining sugar to soft peaks.
  8. Set 1-1/2 cups of the whipped cream aside to use for topping.
  9. Fold the remaining whipped cream into the cooled filling; spread into pie shell.
  10. Using a piping bag, or with a spoon, garnish top with reserved whipping cream.
  11. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons toasted coconut.
  12. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set or for up to 1 day.
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