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Coconut Cream Pie

by on April 10, 2011 · 11 comments

This pie recipe was recommended by my friend KAnn who adapted it from The Harry’s Roadhouse Cookbook. It’s very similar to Richard Sax’s Claremont Diner pie, which is a lighter textured cream pie with a filling stiff enough to pile above the shell.  You can make it in a 9 inch pie dish with a homemade crust or halve it and put the filling in a smaller dish..  I halved the filling and blind baked a Cook’s Illustrated pastry crust in my Marinex 7-Inch Fluted Small Round Pie Pan.

Coconut Cream Pie

Harry's Roadhouse Style Coconut Cream Pie
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A coconut pie recipe that is supposed to be similar to the one served at Harry's Roadhouse
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Amercian
Serves: 8
  • 1 pre-baked pie shell (blind-baked or a graham crust) -- 9 inch
  • 3 cups whole milk, divided use
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I used unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut plus an extra ¼ cup for toasting
  • 1 cup heavy cream**
  1. Put 1/2 cup of milk in a mixing bowl and add gelatin. Let it dissolve for a minute.
  2. Stir egg, egg yolks, cornstarch, and sugar into the milk mixture.
  3. Put remaining 2 1/2 cups of milk in a non-reactive saucepan over high heat to scald the milk. When milk is scalded, slowly add it to the gelatin mixture and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the pan and return to the stove, whisking all the time. When the mixture begins to boil, remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, salt, and coconut.
  5. Whisk until all the butter is melted and incorporated. Place custard in a container to cool. Cover with plastic wrap against the custard to keep a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the chilled custard until smooth. Try not to overmix. Pour mixture into prebaked crust and top with toasted coconut.
**The original recipe uses 1 cup heavy cream. After I whipped up the first 1 cup of cream, I whipped up a second ½ cup of cream, added a little powdered sugar and spread it over the top.

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Published on April 10, 2011

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Gloria April 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This is a decadent pie! All that cream and coconut! My mouth is watering! I have the worst time with prebaked pie crusts…I’ve used pillsbury ( to lazy to make my own) and they always shrink. I like a slightly savory crust with a sweet pie so I don’t want to use graham crackers. Do you have any tips to prevent the shrinking? How did you like it compared to others you’ve made? And, final question: could you use coconut milk as a substitute for some of the milk? I just noticed some on sale at our local grocery store Byerlys.

Gloria April 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I meant “too” lazy. I was even too lazy to type the extra “o”!

Sue April 11, 2011 at 7:18 am

Every time you post a recipe for coconut pie I feel guilty that I never make one for my husband.

Maureen April 11, 2011 at 7:45 am

Your photo is lovely and brings back memories of pies like that when I was young. I can look at that photo and feel the texture in my mouth.. velvety sweetness.

Thanks for the recipe and I’m definitely making it soon and I’m NOT sharing. :)

Holly April 11, 2011 at 7:58 am

Anna, of the coconut cream pies you’ve made, do you have a favorite?

d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo April 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

Your white chocolate coconut cream pie was HANDS DOWN the best dessert I made in the last year. If this is even close to that good, I’ll have to make it asap!

Anna April 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

Todd’s favorite is definitely the White Chocolate Coconut Pie. He almost cried when it was gone. This one is a tad bit lighter, so I prefer this one. However, for more of a splurge the White Chocolate Coconut Pie is probably the best.

Emily April 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Coconut cream pie is one of my absolute favorite desserts. This one looks great! I will have to remember it.

Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie April 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Yum, this pie is like a big slice of summer :).

KAnn April 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Now I can hardly wait to get into Santa Fe on May 19th and head to lunch at Harry’s Roadhouse on Saturday! Best coconut cream pie ever!!

Addicted Baker April 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

Saving this recipe for summer for sure! Absolutely beautiful

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