Black Bottom Coconut Cream Pie has three delicious layers and tons of coconut flavor from coconut milk and shredded coconut.
Happy Easter! Except for Carrot Cake, I don’t really have a dessert that I associate with Easter. Maybe Hummingbird Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake too. I can tell from my blog analytics from the last few days that lots of people will be enjoying Banana Pudding Cake for Easter.
Do you have a favorite dessert recipe you make for Easter every year?
Recently I’ve been obsessed with all things coconut. Which is strange because coconut is something I hated for most of my life. I desperately wanted to like it because my coconut aversion was causing me to miss out on way to many good foods.
Samoa cookies and Pina Coladas warmed me up to coconut and the more I ate it, the more I liked it. Now I can’t get enough.
So I saw this Black Bottomed Coconut Cream Pie in Taste of the South– my favorite magazine for southern recipes. Any time you add chocolate into the mix, things can only get better. It has 3 layers but it uses a refrigerated pie crust to make things a little easier. Of course you could use a homemade pie crust and it would be even better.
Except for baking the pie crust, no oven is needed. I think this pie would even be good with one of those pre-made graham cracker crusts and then it would totally be no bake.
The first layer is a chocolate layer. I used semisweet chocolate instead of the bittersweet the recipe called for because my kids vehemently object to bittersweet chocolate. They’ll eat semi-sweet chocolate, but even with that they say milk chocolate would have been better. Sometimes I agree, but in this case it is nice to have a strong chocolate flavor to contrast with the taste of the coconut.
The middle layer is a coconut custard flavored with shredded coconut, coconut milk (the kind you get in a can), plus some coconut extract. Coconut extract can be hard to find. I ordered some from Amazon and after reading the reviews, I actually decided that an Imitation Coconut Extract was the way to go.
In all honesty though, this pie would still be delicious and have plenty of coconut flavor if you left the extract out.
With a thick layer of coconut flavored whipped cream on top, this is one creamy dreamy pie perfect for warmer weather.
If you’d like you can make a Homemade Flaky Pie Crust for this recipe. Watch the video below to see how easy homemade pie crust can be.
- 1 refrigerated pie crust
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups sweetened coconut milk, the kind in a can, divided
- 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, optional
- 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- toasted shredded coconut for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Shape refrigerated pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate. Fold edges under and crimp. Prick bottom and sides of crust with a fork. Bake until light brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely.
- To make chocolate layer, place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring 1/2 cup heavy cream and the butter to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate and let sit 30 seconds. Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Let cool 5-10 minutes and then pour into prepared pie crust. Place in refrigerator.
- To make custard layer, whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl. Whisk in flour, salt, and 3/4 cup coconut milk.
- Bring milk just to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Very gradually (to not curdle the eggs) whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Once all milk has been whisked in, pour the whole mixture into the saucepan.
- Cook mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly. Once the mixture starts to bubble, keep whisking until it is thickened, about 2 to 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 3/4 cup shredded coconut, coconut extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Pour custard mixture into a medium bowl and place this bowl inside a large bowl with ice in it. Stir mixture occasionally. Once it has cooled for about 20 minutes, pour it into pie crust. Place plastic wrap on surface and refrigerate overnight.
- To make the whipped topping, beat 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and confectioners' sugar on high with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Spread over custard layer.
- Top with toasted coconut. Store in refrigerator.
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