The BEST Coconut Pie EVER, Trust Me! (Happy Birthday, Darren!)
I ran across this recipe a few months back and immediately made it. The recipe, featured in Food & Wine, comes from T.W. Graham & Co which is a small cafe in McClellanville, South Carolina. It’s claim to fame? The best coconut pie ever. I have probably tried over 40 different coconut pie recipes and I can attest to the fact this one earns top awards in my book. When I made it last month and brought it to work, my co-worker, Darren, loved it so much he had to stop what he was doing and sit down to savor it. When I found out his birthday is today (thanks, Facebook), I just knew I had to make it for him. Too bad he took the day off. 😦
First, you need a crust. You can follow the recipe included in the link, or make your own favorite. I, personally, LOVE Ina Garten’s version. I mean, it’s Ina, come on, you know it’s going to be gooooood!
Second, you need to make the filling:
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Salt, dash
- 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut (6 ounces) – I used about 8 ounces
Bake it at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. If you fill the crust all the way to the top you’ll need the full 50 minutes.
Here’s the thing: this pie is sweet. Perhaps too sweet for some people. After I made this baby 3 times, I tweaked it just a bit. I cut the buttermilk down to 3/4 cups and added just a hair over 1/4 cup of sour cream. Trust me on this change, it takes this pie to the next level. I also topped this one with shaved semi-sweet chocolate.
Give this one a try and let me know what you think!
P.S – Darren’s coming to get his pie, so the effort wasn’t wasted. Happy birthday, buddy!