The BEST Coconut Cream Pie – EVER, I promise

Okay, I know this blog is to keep our extended family up-to-date with my little family of three’s daily doings. As you can see, I don’t post here very often. However, out of all my blogs, this is the most appropriate place to post a recipe. I have been seeing this recipe for a coconut cream pie on Pinterest and boy does it look good! I followed it’s url to see how it’s made and it looked just like any other common cream pie recipe. You know, the one where Step 3 says “stirring constantly over medium high heat until mixture thickens.” Oh my, and make sure you don’t burn that mixture in the process! It is definitely a balance of heat, time, and . . . stirring, and . . . stirring, and more . . . stirring. Ok, I LOVE coconut cream pie but I quit making any type of cream pie (and lemon meringue pie too for that matter) because of that “stirring” step. And after all that, you still only have about a 20/80 chance of the filling not being runny when you cut into it. NOT WORTH IT! Now I don’t have recipes for all the cream pie flavors but I have a great one for the coconut cream. I know its the best because my favorite (hee, hee!) brother-in-law, Dale, tells me so. I decided to let you all in on it. The recipe is below with a big shout out to Southern Living magazine. In fact, you can find it in their 2003 Annual Recipe cookbook on page 106. In my book, that page is all wrinkled, covered in flour, and has some bits of “things” that I am not really sure what they are.  This recipe has been well-loved. In fact, its almost illegible, but not quite. So I will press on! If you love cream pie but have given up on making your own, read on, bake on, and discover one of the greatest loves of your life!

Coconut Cream Pie (guaranteed NOT to run!)

You can do the crust a few ways. The recipe in the cookbook is for a graham cracker crust. I don’t use it because I prefer a flour crust. Now, if you want a homemade flour crust I suggest you google for one on the internet ’cause I am not gonna list it here! There are plenty of good ones out there that I am sure you can find quite easily. However, it is my own humble opinion (after making “from scratch” for years) that the refrigerated ready-to-use pie crusts are “almost” as good as your lovingly made-from-scratch crust. When I balance the micro-dots of difference in taste/texture and the time it takes to make it, the ready-to-use WINS, hands down! Remember this recipe is about an easy-peasy pie that tastes like heaven! (Note: I was singing when I typed “heaven”).

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1-2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

That makes one regular, pie dish graham cracker crust.  Double it if you are making a deep-dish pie.

Flour Crust – Here’s my fancy recipe!

  • 1 box (2 crusts) of the Pillsbury refrigerated ready-to-use pie crusts.
  • Open box! (Boy, that’s a tough one, huh!)
  • Open one inner package, unroll it and lay it on a lightly floured surface.
  • Lightly baste the crust with cold water.
  • Take out the second crust and lay it directly on top of the first crust, lightly flour top of second crust.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the crusts to slightly enlarge their diameter. This will also incorporate the two crusts into one thicker crust.
  • Place the crust into your pie plate, turn under the edges, trim and decorate as desired.
  • Bake as directed on the package.
  • Remove cooked crust from oven and cool completely.

The thicker bottom crust works best for a deep-dish pie. If you are making a regular volume pie, I would advise using only one crust.  Also, if you want to make the pie in a 9 x 13 pan, just roll it out to fit that pan, adding more crusts as needed to form the rectangular shape rather than the circular one.

Okay on to the best part, the filling.

Coconut Cream Pie Filling

  • 1 (8 0unce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cream of coconut (this is a non-alcoholic item but it is found in the drink mixers section of the grocery store)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) pkg. cheesecake OR coconut cream INSTANT pudding mix (Southern Living lists the cheesecake flavor in their recipe but I prefer the coconut cream, it gives a more intense flavor)
  • 1 (6 ounce pkg. sweetened, flaked coconut (ok, SL’s recipe calls for “frozen, sweetened, flaked coconut, thawed” but that seems like just an extra step to me. Just get the plain sweet, flaked coconut in the baking aisle. Oh, and the 6 ounces is kind of give or take. It doesn’t have to be exact.)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a large bowl, BEAT cream cheese and cream of coconut at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

ADD pudding mix, beating until blended.

STIR in coconut; fold in whipped topping. (I don’t always add the whole container of whipped topping. I like my filling a little thicker so I don’t use it all.) Spread cream cheese mixture evenly into prepared crust.

Now, the recipe wants us to make the whipped cream topping, again . . .  from scratch. Guess what? I didn’t do that either. Remember, easy, fast? So I just spread another container of thawed whipped topping over the filling and then sprinkled some toasted coconut on top of that. It’s really easy to toast coconut but you CANNOT be distracted while doing it. One Christmas, I set my toaster oven on fire! There is ALOT of oil/fat in that coconut and believe me, it will burn! Since that fateful night, I now do it in the oven, usually. It takes a little longer but, well, I get distracted alot so better safe than sorry! Save a small bit of the coconut before you stir it into the filling, spread it out on some aluminum foil and put it in the oven. You can put it on broil but you will have to WATCH it, or you can set the oven to about 400 degrees and peek in on it every 2 or 3 minutes.

And now you have one delicious but small coconut cream pie. I always double the above filling recipe. In doing so, I usually have some that won’t fit into the pie crust, darn! I get to eat that by the spoonful! Shh, don’t tell my brother-in-law! All kidding aside, this is a great pie! It’s not that it tastes any better than one made lovingly from scratch but it tastes as good and it is SO easy. The pudding in the mix keeps it from running and best of all, there is no cooking and stirring for 30 minutes while you are scorching the cream mixture! Try it, you’ll love it!

P.S.  The picture I have attached is not a picture of this exact pie although it is a Southern Living pie. As I have said, it doesn’t look any different than any other Coconut Cream pie. The appearance of your pie will vary due to all known kitchen conditions such as how many of your kids are screaming?, is your husband home?, is it raining?, you get my drift.

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Emma’s 2012 Junior Prom

Well, another milestone has come and gone.  Emma’s prom for this year is now only a memory!  It seems so sad because we spent almost a whole year in planning.  She bought her prom dress for this year back in January!  AND I do believe that she already knows what kind of dress she wants for her Senior Prom.  This year the prom was held at the Riverwalk Grille at Carmichael Inn in Loudon County, Tennessee.  It is a beautiful restaurant with a lovely downtown/fountain/park area surrounding it.  We took soooo many pictures. During the event, they voted for different “Best __________.”  Emma won best hair.  That in itself has a funny story behind it.  On the afternoon of the prom, Emma and several of her girlfriends went to a hairstylist near their school.  She was going to do all their hair and most of their makeup.  After dropping Emma off, I had to go run an errand.  When I returned, the stylist had been working on Emma’s hair.  Now mind you, we had just washed and dried it the night before.  To “do” prom hair, it needs to be clean but it cannot be washed the day of the styling or it is too soft.  So to begin with, it was clean and shiny.  When I walked back into the salon, Emma’s hair looked like she had been in a wind tunnel with about 10 cans of aerosol hairspray that was now residing in her hair.  It looked dirty and absolutely awful!  We tried to get her to fix it, and she did try but she just wasn’t listening to us.  So we finally just had to leave and she still charged us $40.00!  So then we had to run back home from Lenoir City to Greenback, which we were not planning on doing, and fix Emma’s hair for prom.  Actually, Emma did it, there was no “we.”  And she did a fabulous job.  Consequently, she won “Best Hair.”

So I thought I would post a few of the better pictures for you all to view.  Hope you enjoy!

 

ttyl, lori

May 2012

This is going to be a busy month!  Emma’s prom is this Thursday, the 10th.  This will be her Junior Prom. She is attending with Matthew Gordy who has been a long-time friend from her school, Crossroad’s Christian Academy. She will be wearing a beautiful red dress this year.  Her freshman year she wore black and her sophomore she wore a gorgeous orange and gold number.  So this year its red, stay tuned for next year!

School will also be over this month.  Actually, I think it is almost over already.  This will probably be her last week of any actual schoolwork.  Next week, is finals.  The administration told the juniors that if they were pulling A’s they didn’t have to take the final in that class.  Fortunately, she is making straight A’s, so NO FINALS for Emma!  The week after that is the last week of school and they really don’t do much that week.  So you see what I mean, school is really already over.

Going to be a busy summer though.  She has a week of working at our church’s Vacation Bible School.  Then she is planning on spending a couple of weeks in Ohio with my dad.  Maybe vacation? Who knows.

March 2010 Doings

Hey guys. Hope everyone is having a great March. Papaw, we hope that you had a great birthday! 29 again!

Just an update on my mom. She has been back in the hospital two more times. In fact, she is there right now. She actually got to come home for one night in-between the two stays. BUT, they (the ubiquitous *they*) would not let her go home with bi-pap machine. She has been on O2 for so long that she is retaining CO2 and the machine helps her to exhale and get rid of it. We have been told this time that she will not be discharged until Medicare approves the machine. She is also having trouble with an infection, started out as a UTI but she also has the same bug in her left parotid gland (salivary gland in the jaw) and now her left arm is swelling and red. They did an ultrasound on it yesterday but we don’t have the results yet. Sorry I don’t have better news. Although, her vital signs are good, blood pressure, O2, etc.

We had a couple of really beautiful days here in Tennessee. Trees are starting to bud and the grass is starting to grow. I love spring. Only because I really hate winter. I live for the cold weather to go AWAY!!!

Emma has her Standard Achievement Tests this week. Pray for her as she undergoes these tests.

Have a great rest of the month! Remember, in like a lion, out like a lamb!

February 2010 Doings

Hello Everyone!  Our family has had a good yet tiring time this month of Feb. 2010.  My mom is still really sick. She was in ICU at Blount Memorial for one week right after Christmas.  Since then she has been at Blount Memorial’s Transitional Care Unit.  She goes in waves of doing better then going back downhill.  She has had a pretty good week this past week. Perhaps it was because her birthday was on Monday the 22nd. Please keep her in your prayers as well as my sister and me.  We are both very tired from spending sooooo much time at the TCC Unit. 

Emma was supposed to go to Jamaica this month on a mission trip with her school, Crossroads Christian Academy.  She had not been feeling well all week and even got on the bus headed to Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport not feeling well.  On the trip, she kept feeling worse and we all decided that it was best that she not leave the country in her condition.  Tony and I drove all night to the outskirts of Atlanta to pick her up and bring her back home.  She was very disappointed yet feels that it was perhaps not God’s timing for her to go on the trip.  She is feeling better now.  Thank you for everyone’s support.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  Tony’s boss at John H. Daniels Co. invited us to go out with him to his shooting range.  We had a GREAT time.  We all got to shoot some awesome guns.  Well, actually Tony got to shoot alot of awesome guns.  Emma and I were a little more like scaredy-cats.  Although, Emma shot more different types than I did.  We took our .22 which Emma and I shoot quite a bit.  I always said that I wouldn’t have a gun in my house that I couldn’t shoot!  Anyway, I also shot a .38 caliber.  Emma shot the .38 and a .45 and maybe some others, I am not sure.  Tony shot those and others including a sniper rifle!  He was excited.  He LOVES guns.  I guess it is a guy thing. Anyway, I’ve got some pictures.  But I will have to upload them later.  We can’t do that from our house for some UNKNOWN reason!

Have a great day!

August Doings

Hey everyone!  Tony, Emma and I will be going to Ohio to visit my dad probably on August 1 and stay through the 4th or 5th.  Pray for us that our travel will be safe.

Emma will be starting school on August 11th.  She will be attending Crossroads Christian Academy again this fall.  It is a homeschool cooperative so we will be homeschooling again this year.  It is a really cool school.  There is much emphasis placed on developing their own individual walk with God.  And surprisingly, there is also alot of emphasis placed on the arts.  The founder is a lady named Drew Guetermann (the wife of pro-baseball player Lee Guetermann) and it is her desire for these kids to use their talents to glorify God.  Hollywood (theater and arts in general) use their talents to glorify evil.  It is our desire that these children develop their talents to bring glory to God, their Creator and the One who gifted them.  Pray for Emma as the school year starts and for me that I can teach her both academically and spiritually.

We love you guys,

Lori

Emma’s Camp LeJeune Pictures

Hello Family,
I thought you guys might enjoy seeing theses pictures from Emma’s mission trip to Camp LeJeune Marine Base in North Carolina.  If you are interested, the group, Emma included, will be giving their testimonies about the trip this coming Sunday night, July 6 at 6:00 pm at Friendsville First Baptist Church.  We would love for you to come if you can.
Love,
Proud Mom Lori
Emma and her friend Brianna training to fire a REAL machine gun!

Emma and her friend Brianna training to fire a REAL machine gun!

Fire at will!

Fire at will!

Now she moves on to a M16!

Now she moves on to a M16!

Get out of the way guys!  She\'s on the loose and she is armed!
Get out of the way guys! She’s on the loose and she is armed!
Suffering for Jesus while they are getting a suntan!

Suffering for Jesus while they are getting a suntan!

Vacation Bible School in action!

Vacation Bible School in action!

Resting in the shade, well at least from the waist up!

Resting in the shade, well at least from the waist up!