10 January 2019

Magical Coconut Pie - A Quick and Easy Retro Dessert

Magical Coconut Pie - A Quick and Easy Retro Dessert (Remember impossible pie?) / www.delightfulrepast.com

Magical Coconut Pie popped into my head the other day because I needed a quick and easy, but “from scratch,” dessert. I've been cooking way too much lately. Our favorite restaurants and takeaway places are going to forget who we are! 

Unlike some of my historical foods that are hundreds of years old, this one is just “retro” or “vintage” since it’s from the 1970s. Anyone who grew up, or cooked, in the 1970s might remember Impossible Pies, so called because they formed their own crust (not really) while baking. 

They were made with Bisquick, which we never had in our house because my mother never used mixes of any kind. I still don't. So several years ago when I had some extra organic coconut on my hands, I came up with my “from scratch,” organic version. 

This "pie" puffs way up while it's cooking and then shrinks down as it cools. So I like to set it on a baking sheet “just in case.” Nobody wants to clean up a burnt-on mess from the bottom of their oven less than I do!

What is your favorite quick and easy from-scratch dessert to make when you just don't have the time or energy to get too carried away? Of course, if you have more time you can make my Coconut Cream Pie.


Magical Coconut Pie - A Quick and Easy Retro Dessert (Remember impossible pie?) / www.delightfulrepast.com


Magical Coconut Pie 

(Makes one 9.5-inch/24 cm deep-dish pie, 8 servings) 

1/2 to 3/4 cup (3.5 to 5.25 ounces/99 to 149 grams) sugar
1/2 dip-and-sweep cup (2.5 ounces/71 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons (3 ounces/85 grams) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 1/2 cups (20 fluid ounces/591 ml) milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract



1 Preheat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4. Spray a 9.5-inch/24 cm glass deep-dish pie plate with cooking spray. Set it on a baking sheet if you’re worried about oven spills.

Note: Don’t try to use a standard 9-inch pie plate; it will not hold this amount. For that size, you can make my original 9-inch Magical Coconut Pie.

Magical Coconut Pie - A Quick and Easy Retro Dessert (Remember impossible pie?) / www.delightfulrepast.com
I know, it looks like a Pyrex farm. I'm the Pyrex queen!

2 In medium bowl (I use a 2-quart glass measure), whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and coconut. Add eggs, butter, milk and extracts; whisk until thoroughly combined (I whisked vigorously for about 30 seconds). 

3 Pour into prepared pie plate. Bake about 45 to 50 minutes, until golden brown and set. If it has just a bit of a jiggle, it will firm up nicely as it cools. 

4 Let cool to room temperature before cutting and serving or refrigerating. Serve with some barely sweetened whipped cream.


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Jean

54 comments:

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I remember the impossible pies from the 70's very well, Jean. I have even made my own " Bisquick" mix. Your pie looks wonderful and we all need a quick and easy dessert. Thanks for sharing a favorite of yours. Happy Baking!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Kitty! And, I figure, a quick and easy homemade recipe might save a person with a craving from resorting to some store-bought junk.

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Anything that looks like a lemon meringue pie but isn’t goes on my Indifferent List. That includes most cream pies. My proletariat appetites require that my taste buds for sugar be “bombed” with something sweet, while yours enjoy the virtue of subtlety. And then there’s the coconut paradox. Don’t know why some blends of coconut don’t appeal to me while others – fresh coconut, coconut shrimp – do. Again, probably because of a bad Peter Paul Mounds bar in my youth or the absence of enough sweetness. Bland custards and coconut are too nuanced for me. But, as always, your visuals deserve framing.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

This sounds awesome, I love anything coconut!! Pinning!!

Jeanie said...

Coconut rocks! What's not to love here!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sully. I really do have a couple of lemon things coming down the pike--just for you!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Debbie. Pins and all social media shares are *much* appreciated!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Jeanie, thanks. I'm a coconut fan, too. Mr Delightful will tell you he "doesn't like coconut," but he loves this and every other coconut thing I've ever made! Go figure.

Louca por porcelana said...

It looks delicious,I love coconuts!Hugs!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Maristella!

Grace said...

Lemon Cake Pudding - from James Beard's American Cookery book (1972)

"3 well beaten egg yolks
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 1/4 cups milk
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Combine the egg yolks with the dry ingredients which have been sifted together. Add the melted butter, lemon juice, lemon rind and milk, and lastly fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish and place in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes until firm. The trick of this pudding is that it separates into a sponge-like cake on top and the custard rests on the bottom. Very good served with whipped cream." (Copied word for word from the aforementioned cookbook.)

It probably took me as long to type that out as it takes to pull this together. Easy-peasy, light and a total crowd pleaser. I used to get requests for this if I had guests coming for dinner. Haven't made it in years, must have a go at it. I love anything lemon.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

It is always nice to have a quickly and easily prepared dessert in our repertoire for last minute dinner parties.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Grace, sounds wonderful! I remember my mother doing a pudding like that back in the day! Thanks for typing it out for me.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Karen. Yes, I've been attempting to be more spontaneous in my entertaining!

Phil in the Kitchen said...

I remember this kind of pudding from the 1970s very well indeed. They were the kind of pudding that everyone seemed to have a go at making back then. We didn't have Bisquick, though, we made them the hard (well, not really hard at all) way. I've never tried coconut and that does sound very fine indeed. I still sometimes make a lemon or chocolate version. The chocolate version was the first one I came across (probably in the very early 1970s) and was called the Debden pudding. I've been told that the name might be based on a Denver pudding rather than Debden (a place in Essex) or named after a Mr or Mrs Debden. But who knows?

Margie said...

I've never met a coconut pie that I didn't like!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Phil, how interesting that even without the Bisquick product to sell, there was a similar recipe in England at the same time. I love delving into the history of recipes.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Margie. I'm with you! Goes so well with tea!

Pauline Wiles said...

I've never come across a pie like this, and, based on what Phil said, it's not because I'm English. I'm really tempted to try this, although the quantities look like it might create a lot of pie for 2 people (one who's trying to limit calories and has not yet been able to bring herself to embark on intermittent fasting!).
I will pin this, definitely!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Pauline, it makes 8 regular sized servings and keeps well in the fridge for a few days, so it really isn't too much for two people. And I think you could probably slice and freeze half of it for another time. Pins (like all SM shares) are always greatly appreciated! TY.

Cheryl said...

Jean, I remember the Impossible Pie from the 70's, but it's been years since I've made one. I'll bet my daughters would enjoy this retro dessert . . . maybe even this weekend! Thanks for this blast from the past!

Angie Schneider said...

Coconut has always been a favourite! This looks so inviting and beautiful, Jean.

Cranberry Morning said...

You can tell Sully that the only thing wrong with a Mounds bar was not a thick enough layer of dark chocolate on the outside. I too am huge fan of lemon almost anything, but I would give this pie a try because it sounds so incredibly easy! (Although I'm one who enjoys rolling out a crust). Thanks Jean!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Cheryl, I like a good blast from the past every now and then! Hope the girls like it!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Angie. I like how the top gets all golden.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Judy, poor Sully, he doesn't like anything! :D I enjoy rolling out (and eating!) pie crust, too, Judy. But some days you just need a few shortcuts!

Cocoa and Lavender said...

I am down for this, and for any dessert that is made from scratch and doesn’t use something hideous like Bisquick! I’ve never heard of this, and I wonder if it’s because I grew up in the Northeast? I’m going to give it a try as we both love coconut. What is my favorite go to easy desert for guests? Homemade cocoa… no one ever drinks cocoa anymore, and it’s such a treat for them at the table.

April J Harris said...

You've definitely brought back memories with this post, Jean, and I'm so grateful for the reminder! Your Magical Coconut Pie looks delicious. I love that this is a 'from scratch' recipe and you don't use Bisquck. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you have had a lovely weekend!

Tony Grant said...

Sounds good, Jean. I like the way you categorise your baking, historical, and retro.Have you any more categories? I've not heard of baking being thought of in this way. Its great to be inventive. Tony

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

David, love your easy dessert idea of homemade cocoa! Can't wait to try it out on some guests!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, April. I hope people don't get the impression I'm a food snob because of my no-mixes policy; it's mainly for health reasons--no additives, no bad fats, etc.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Tony. At first, I thought, No, no other categories. Then I thought of a third: When I make things my mother and grans made, I call that "heritage" baking or cooking.

Lowcarb team member said...

Coconut can be yummy!
Thanks for sharing your recipe.

All the best Jan

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Jan! Making another one tomorrow.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

This really does look incredibly easy and yummy! I'm going to print the recipe out and give it a try! My husband loves coconut and I'm sure he would love this! Thanks for sharing your tried and tested recipes!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Marilyn, thank you so much! Hope he likes it.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That sounds delightful!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Penny!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Sounds so delicious - my sister would love this as coconut pie is her favorite.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carol, thank you so much.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, what a lovely pie! It sounds scrumptious, Jean. When I don't have a lot of time or energy for a dessert, {which is often these days} I remove my frozen apples, rhubarb, or blueberries from the freezer and make a crisp or crumble as some may call it. That's about as quick as I get. I'm late visiting because I was without my computer most of last week. Did I ever miss it too! I'm back now and trying to play catch up. Have a lovely day!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Sandi! I love it when I have fruit in the freezer ready to go into a quick crumble!

Nicolas Hortense said...

Love how simple and easy, yet amazing this pie looks!!! Yum! (:

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Nicolas, thank you! I made another one today and just had a piece with a cup of tea.

Roseann Hampton said...

My mom didn't like to bake much so I remember her making these "mix everything together" type desserts! Yours looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Roseann! Yep, even people who don't really "bake" can make this!

Miz Helen said...

I love this recipe for coconut pie! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Miz Helen! So many good things to eat at Full Plate Thursday!

bj said...

ummm...I love coconut and this sounds so good. I want to make it and take to our new home fellowship gathering. They will love me forever.
I too remember the Bisquick Impossible pie....

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, BJ! I hope they will love it--I *know* they will love *you*!

Kitchen Riffs said...

This DOES look quick and easy! And really full of flavor. Nice creation -- thanks.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, John. Mr Delightful loves it.

Lucy At Home Blog said...

Mmmm I love coconut but I don't think I've had this dessert before. My quick go-to dessert is Eton Mess! #blogcrush

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Lucy. Mmmmm, I love Eton Mess, too!

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