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 slept over at our house and another 4 in nearby hotels because we didn't have enough room. And everyone turned up at our house for meals. It was a huge task to make sure everyone was fed and watered. But I loved it. It was the first time in nearly 14 years that I 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 coconut 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 ¾ cup if you want a dessert that is less sweet.
- Flour - ½ 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 - ½ 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 preheated 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.
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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
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.
I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition information has been calculated using an on-line calculator, and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.
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