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SANDRA’S TANTALIZING TOASTED COCONUT-BANANA CREAM PIE


A lovely dessert of many wonderful flavors and textures...
Serves: (8)
Prep and Stand Time: 2 Hours
Cook: About 1 Hour Total

INGREDIENTS

Pie:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened condensed milk, divided
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 egg yolks*
1/4 teaspoon fine-grained kosher salt
1-1/2 cup shaved, toasted sweetened coconut (or grated)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 (9”) baked pie shell (store-bought, or Sandra’s Homemade Pie Crust)
3 ripe bananas, sliced

Topping:
2 cups of prepared whipped cream
1/2 cup toasted sweetened coconut

METHOD

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Sweet shaved coconut...
Oven toasted coconut...
Meanwhile, toast 2 cups of shaved coconut in the oven by spreading in a thin layer on a dry foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes; stirring half way through to ensure coconut browns evenly.  Set aside to cool.

Increase oven to 350 degrees, and allow it to preheat.

Bake pie shell until golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool completely before using.

In a medium saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar, coconut milk, and 1/2 cup milk; heat just prior to boiling point while occasionally stirring.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch together to make a slurry. Whisk egg yolks and salt in medium bowl. Temper yolks by adding 1/2 cup scaled milk mixture to yolks while whisking. Add yolk mixture and slurry back into milk mixture in the saucepan and whisk over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1-1/2 cups toasted coconut (reserve other ½ cup for topping), vanilla, and butter; whisking until uniformly incorporated.  Cover and let filling cool to room temperature.

Banana slices in baked pie shell...
Filled pie shell...
Add a layer of bananas to the bottom of baked pie shell, and top with ½ the filling.  Add another layer of bananas, and the remaining filling over top.  Top with whipped cream, and remaining ½ cup toasted coconut.  
Whipped cream on top of filling...
Final layer of toasted coconut over whipped cream
and ready to refrigerate for 2 hours to set...
Loosely cover the pie with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill and set, about 2 hours.  Then slice, and serve. ~ Enjoy!

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