The easiest ever Coconut Pie. Just mix all the ingredients together, pour into a pie dish and bake. As it bakes, the batter separates into 3 distinct layers – a delicious soft pastry base, a creamy custard filling and a crunchy coconut topping. Eat a slice by itself or top it with whipped cream or ice cream for extra indulgence.
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Easy Coconut Pie
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks at Foodle Club. We had two family weddings in one week, with family and friends arriving from South Africa and Australia to join in the celebrations.
We had a houseful. 4 people sleeping over at our house and another 4 in nearby hotels because we didn’t have enough room. And everyone turning up at our house for meals. It was a huge task making sure everyone was fed and watered. But I loved it. It was the first time in nearly 14 years that myself and my three children had been together in one place.
Luckily my daughter from South Africa reminded me of this delicious coconut pie. This is ideal for large gatherings, because it is quite a large pie and it only takes 5 minutes to throw together. As it bakes it forms the most deliciously soft pastry base, with a creamy custard filling and a crunchy coconut topping. And it’s big enough for everyone to have a slice (or two slices because it tastes so good).
I’ve tried to capture the layers in the following photo. You should be able to make out the pastry layer at the bottom, with the custard filling sitting above it, with the crunchy coconut layer on top.
Ingredients for Coconut Pie
You can get the complete list of ingredients and full instructions on how to make this coocnut pie on the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
You don’t need many ingredients at all.
- Eggs – you need 4 large eggs. If you don’t have large eggs, medium will do.
- Sugar – 1 cup white sugar. You can cut this down to 3/4 cup if you want a dessert that is less sweet.
- Flour – 1/2 cup. Use plain flour, not self-raising. This recipe does not need any baking powder.
- Milk – 2 cups – I used full fat, but you can use semi-skimmed if you like.
- Butter – 1/2 cup. Melt it in the microwave first, and let it cool down a bit before using. Don’t add hot melted butter to the mixture or you stand a chance of cooking the eggs.
- Coconut – 1 cup. Use sweetened desiccated coconut from a packet from the supermarket.
- Vanilla extract or essence – this is optional but adds a nice flavour.
How to make Coconut Pie
- Sift the flour into a bowl and then add the rest of the ingredients (image 1 above).
- Give it a quick mix to combine (image 2 above).
- The mixture will be very loose and runny but don’t worry this is perfectly normal. As the pie bakes it will separate into three distinct layers – a pastry base will form at the bottom with a custard layer above that and a crunchy coconut layer on top.
- Pour into a greased 12″ pie dish (image 3 above) and place in a pre-heated oven (350F / 175F) for 1 hour (image 4 above).
- Keep your eye on it towards the end of the cooking time. The pie will be cooked when it feels firm to the touch and no longer ‘jiggles’. The top will be golden brown.
- You may find that the pie cracks on top as it cooks. Don’t worry – as the pie cools and settles the cracks will sink back together. You can sprinkle icing sugar on the top to disguise any remaining cracks.
- Once the pie is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
Other desserts you may enjoy
If you liked this easy coconut pie recipe, you may also enjoy these other desserts:
- Peppermint Crisp Fridge Tart – a decadent South African favourite made with caramel condensed milk and peppermint crisp chocolate.
- Homemade Cream Puffs – choux pastry is easier than you might think. Why not give these a try and impress the family. They are equally delicious filled with thick custard instead of cream.
- Milk Tart – another South African favourite.
- Lemon Cheesecake – made in only 10 minutes with 3 main ingredients.
- Apple cake tray bake – guaranteed no-fail
- Coconut macaroons – with chocolate topping
If you are looking for more, just browse all my sweet treat ideas.
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Recipe – Easy Coconut Pie
Easy Coconut Pie
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- ½ cup (70g) plain all purpose flour
- 1 cup (100g) desiccated coconut
- 1 cup (200g) white sugar
- ½ cup (115g) butter melted
- 4 medium eggs
- 2 cups (1 pint) milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C
- Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
- Add all the remaining ingredients.
- Mix well to combine.
- Pour into a greased 12" baking dish.
- Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for approximately 1 hour.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the baking dish.
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Easiest pie I ever made! Went exactly to plan. It is remarkable the way it separates into three layers. I made a caramel sauce to drizzle over the top – a couple of handfuls of caramel sweets melted over pot of boiling water. Add two tablespoons of hot water. When it is all liquid add in two tablespoons of cream (or milk) and some sea salt. Keep in a bottle or jar in the fridge. I think this would be wonderful served with some fresh cream and mango and kiwi slices.
Thanks for letting me know. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it.
Loving the idea of your caramel sauce though – sounds great!!!
Great recipe, so quick and easy, went down a treat. Clever how the layers do actually separate whilst cooking. definitely one to make again. Thank you 🙂
Thanks Denise – glad it turned out well for you. 🙂
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
WOW! That is so clever. I love the idea of a pie that makes itself! Eb 🙂
Thanks – you could say it’s “as easy as pie” to make too. 🙂
I will definitely be trying this recipe. I’ve made similar recipes with citrus but never with coconut!
Hope you enjoy it 🙂
I love coconut, but no one else in my house is that keen. So I’d get to eat all of this yummy pie!
I have a similar problem – hubby doesn’t eat any desserts – so every time I bake one I either have to eat it myself or pass it on to my neighbour 🙂
This cake looks amazingly fluffy and sounds easy to make and I love that about cakes! Fantastic recipe:)
Easiest recipe ever – and you don’t have to be too precise with the measurements either.