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Family Recipe: Coconut Cream Pie

If you ask my dad what his favorite dessert is, this is the answer: Aunt Ruth’s coconut cream pie! A favorite at family gatherings as well. Recipe as follows:

Aunt Ruth’s Coconut Cream Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Cups Milk, Scalded
3 egg yolks (slightly beaten)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup coconut
1 baked 9 inch pie shell
3 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar
Caked coconut for the topping


In a pan over high heat: mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt – stirring in the scalded milk slowly. Keep everything boiling, stirring constantly until thick and smooth. Let it cook for about 2 minutes.

Add a few tablespoons at a time of the hot mixture unto the egg yolks to temper, then once tempered add the rest of the hot mixture. Cook 1 minute over low heat stirring constantly, and add the butter. Cool slightly, stir in the vanilla and coconut. Pour into pie crust shell and cool.

Beat egg whites until stiff, gradually beating in the sugar. Spread over cooked filling, sealing the edges of the pastry. Sprinkle with coconut. Brown in moderate oven (375 degrees) for about 10 minutes.

Posted in Desserts, Family Recipes, For Entertaining, Holiday Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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