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Coconut Cream Meringue Pie

Every fifth Sunday at our country church, we have a hymn sing and potluck dinner. I always bring this coconut cream pie with meringue, and it goes fast. It's definitely a favorite. —Joyce Reece, Mena, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Line crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in vanilla and coconut. Pour into crust.
  • For meringue, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a small bowl, on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle with coconut.
  • Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator.
Editor's Note
Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 366 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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