Just because I love this post, and loved this pie, I am reposting this today for your reading pleasure!
Ok, so I feel like this is really cheating, because all the ingredients for making Coconut Cream Pie are naturally gluten free. You just have to make sure the corn starch you use says “gluten free” on the label.
I love coconut cream pie, but I rarely make one. There has to be just the right alignment of the stars and the moon, and it has to be a chilly winter night, for me to even consider making one. That’s because you have to bake the coconut, bake the pie shell, then stir the filling over the hot stove. Do you hear me, Fabgrandpa? There is a LOT of work involved in making this pie.
First you have to get a coconut at the store. You could use packaged grated coconut, but if I am going to do this, I am going to do it RIGHT. Use an ice pick to poke holes in the “eyes” of the coconut, then pour the juice, or milk, into a bowl. Place the coconut on a baking sheet and put it in a 450 degree oven for twenty minutes. Then, using potholders, wrap the coconut in a kitchen towel, take it outside, and smash it with a hammer. You can really work out a lot of frustrations in the making of this pie. If anyone ever gives you a home made coconut pie, and tells you that they grated the coconut themselves, you might want to tip-toe away from them and sit over in the corner by your self out of their way. Know what I mean?
Ok, so you have roasted and smashed your coconut. Take a sharp knife and separate the coconut meat from the hard shell.
Once you get the hard shell off, use the knife to peel off the brown side of the meat. Then, you can grate it until you have about a cup of grated coconut.
Meanwhile, take your frozen gluten free pie crust out of the freezer and let it thaw to room temperature. At this point you can cuss up a storm because the dang thing is all broken. &*&@#$!!! Always, they are broken, so why are you surprised?
Now you are ready to make the filling. You’ll need:
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons of gluten free cornstarch
a dash of salt
1 5 oz can of evaporated milk
the coconut milk you drained out of the coconut
enough water to add to the milk and coconut milk to make 1 and 1/2 cups
3 eggs, separated
3-4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix all the dry ingredients together, then put the milk, coconut milk, water and dry ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Beat the egg yolks. Add a small amount of the hot filling to the bowl with the egg yolks, then stir it all back into the pot. Cook and stir two minutes more. Add the butter and vanilla and coconut and stir well. Pour into the baked pie shell.
To make the meringue, you need the 3 egg whites, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar, and a dash of salt. Put the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until stiff. Add the sugar a little at a time until it is all mixed in. Spread the meringue on top of the filling, making little curls and stuff on top:
Put the pie on a cookie sheet and place in a 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the meringue is browned: