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Coconut Cream Pie with Coconut Milk

  • Author: Beth Le Manach
  • Prep Time: 26 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 26 hours 15 minutes


A delicious coconut cream pie recipe that incorporates 2 types of coconut, macadamia nuts and coconut milk for the ultimate coconut dessert!




9 graham crackers (1 ½ cup/225g) or digestive biscuits

½ cup (75g) raw macadamia nuts

1 tbsp (13g) sugar

½ cup (50g) sweetened coconut

pinch of salt

5 tbsp (75ml) melted butter

Coconut Filling: 1 cup (240ml) of milk

1 cup (240ml) of full-fat coconut milk (not lite coconut milk)

1 vanilla bean, scraped of its seeds

¼ cup (50g) of sugar

4 egg yolks

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup (40g) cornstarch

2 tbsp (30g) butter

Whipped Cream:

2 cups (475ml) heavy cream

2 tbsp (13g) powdered sugar

1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract

For Garnish:

¼ cup (25g) unsweetened coconut flakes


Preheat oven to 375F (109C). Lightly grease a metal pie tin with baking spray (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated for products sold). Then distribute with a pastry brush. Set aside.

In a food processor (This link goes to Amazon where I am compensated for products sold) combine graham crackers, macadamia nuts, sugar, sweetened coconut, pulse until a fine crumb forms. Add butter and pulse until a wet crumb forms. Pour out crumbs into pie plate. Shake pan to level crumbs.

Take a ½ cup measuring cup or coffee mug and begin to push the crumbs up against the side of the tin, to form a crust. Work all the way around the pie tin until a crust forms all the way around the perimeter. Then pat down the center to form a flat bottom. Place the pie tin on a baking sheet and bake for 10 mins until the crumbs are golden brown. Set aside to cool.

To create the coconut cream, place the milk and coconut milk in a medium sauce pot. Add the vanilla bean seeds and throw in the pod as well. Add the sugar. Whisk to combine. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and vanilla seeds rise to the top. Remove the vanilla pod. Allow the milk mixture to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine egg yolks, pinch of salt and cornstarch. Whisk until a paste forms. Slowly add the milk mixture, tempering the eggs with just a small amount, whisk to combine, and then slowly add the rest of the mixture, whisking until combined. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve, into a cleaned-out sauce pan. Cook on medium flame, whisking all the while, until a thick pastry cream forms. Whisk in butter. Immediately pour pastry cream into cooled pie crust. Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile make the whipped cream. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer cream to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Once pie filling is cool to the touch (you can pop it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process if needed) pipe large swirls of whipped cream mounds around the perimeter of the pie and then 3 swirls in the center.

Refrigerate overnight for the custard and cream to set (otherwise it will be difficult to slice). Just before serving, sprinkle ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes on a baking sheet. Bake in a 400F (200C)  oven for just 5 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, and then sprinkle the golden flakes all over the top of the pie and serve!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Coconut Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie with Coconut Milk