Coconut Cream Angel Pie



 
Mom whipped up this wonderful pie on impulse, using an ancient whisk and an old skillet. I am still amazed that it turned out perfect every time.

Coconut Cream Angel Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
    MERINGUE:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut

Directions:
  1. In a small heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add milk; stir until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in the coconut, butter and vanilla. Pour into prepared shell.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle with coconut.
  4. Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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