Today is National Pie Day! National Pie Day was started in 1986 by the American Pie Council, to honor Crisco’s 75th anniversary. However, did you know that the first pies appeared around 9500 B.C. by wrapping honey in oats, barley, wheat or rye? Pie’s have come along way since they were first developed. Pie’s are usually a dessert with a pastry crust bottom and sometimes with a crust top. In between the flaky crusted goodness is either a sweet filling such as fruit, nuts, pudding, and cream or a savory filling such as meat or poultry.
To celebrate this day, bake a pie, share a pie, and of course eat a pie! The Pizza Palace in Knoxville, TN is known not only for their amazing pizza, but also for their scrumptious desserts!
Coconut Cream Pie (Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dive’s An All-American Road Trip with Recipes, 2008)
3 c Whole Milk, divided
3 lg Eggs
1/2 c plus 2T Cornstarch
3/4 c Sugar
2 T Unsaled Butter
1/8 t Fine Salt
1 1/4 c Untoasted Shredded Coconut, plus 1/3 c Toasted
1 t Pure Vanilla Extract
1 (10-in) Prepared Baked Pie Crust
1- Whisk 1/2 c milk, eggs, and cornstarch in a bow until smooth
2- In medium saucepan, whisk the rest of the milk w/ sugar, butter, and salt. Bring JUST to a boil over medium heat. Slowly whisk in egg mixture. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until mixture JUST comes to a boil and becomes very thick. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 1/4 c untoasted coconut and vanilla.
3- Pour coconut custard into pie crust, spreading evenly. Scatter tosted coconuts on top. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
4- Slice and serve w/ whipped cream.
So tell us, what’s your favorite kind of pie?