Chocolate Coconut Pie

IT ISN’T THE FLAVOR OF COCONUT THAT TROUBLES ME, BUT THE TEXTURE.  I FEEL AS IF I’M CHEWING ON A SWEETENED CUTICLE.”  Steve Almond

Chocolate Coconut Pie | From My Sweet Heart

This quote really puts a grin on my face because I know that coconut is one of those flavors that people either love or hate.  For me, I LOVE coconut!  And so I was really happy to learn that it was the featured ingredient at The Chocolate Party!  A huge thanks to Roxana, from Roxana’s Home Baking, for organizing this group of wonderful cooks and bakers who are happy to pair a special ingredient with chocolate once a month.  The thing I love most about coconut is . . . . .

. . . . the sweet, chewy texture!  I was so excited to use it as the crust for this scrumptious chocolate pie.

 

Chocolate Coconut Pie | From My Sweet Heart

There is very little baking time involved in this pie.  And the original recipe calls for only 4 ingredients:  coconut, butter, chocolate and cream.  I always add a bit of vanilla extract and butter to my chocolate fillings. And of course, a pinch of salt!  Since the coconut crust needs to be browned and cooled before filling, let’s start there!

 

Yields:  one 9 – inch pie (about 8-10 servings….this pie is rich!)

Level of Difficulty:  easy

 

COCONUT CRUST:

  • 4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 11 ounces (about 6 cups) of sweetened, shredded coconut

 

Just look at this pretty crust!  Once I cooled it and filled it, I sprinkled a little extra shredded coconut around the edges to give it a little contrast in color.

 

Chocolate Coconut Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  In the bowl of your food processor, process the butter and 1/3 of the coconut until the mixture forms a ball.  This will take roughly 1-2 minutes.  Transfer the ball to a medium bowl and sprinkle the remaining coconut over the mixture.  Work the coconut into the butter ball mixture with your fingers.

Place a 9 – inch pie plate on a parchment lined baking sheet.  To form the crust, press the coconut mixture on the bottom and up the sides of the pie tin.  Leave the coconut along the top edges loose and fluffy.  Place a foil ring or a pie crust ring over the coconut edge to prevent the coconut from browning too quickly or burning.  Bake the coconut crust until the center begins to brown, about 10-15 minutes.  Then remove the foil and continue to bake an additional 4-6 minutes.  Transfer the crust to a wire rack to cool completely.

CHOCOLATE FILLING:

  • 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 16 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon of unsalted, softened butter
  • pinch of salt

For such simple ingredients, this filling is so rich and creamy!

 

Chocolate Coconut Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Place your chopped chocolate in a medium heat proof bowl.  In a small saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil.  Pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Add the vanilla, butter, and pinch of salt and stir the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and all the ingredients are combined.  Pour the chocolate into the coconut crust.  Refrigerate the pie until the filling is set, at least one hour or up to a day.

This chocolate pie with it’s coconut crust is really so easy to make.  It can be dressed up or down depending on your needs.  I took the shabby chic route with this pie, taking the opportunity to bake it and serve it in one of the 7 vintage pie tins I purchased from Kathleen who owns a shop on Etsy called Etsy Attic.  If you love vintage stuff as much as I do, you absolutely must check her out!  She is a fabulous person that I’m happy to be staying in touch with and I recommend her 100%. (And the pie server in the lead picture, I found at a thrift store for 2 bucks!)

Chocolate Coconut Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Doesn’t this look luscious?!?!  And it is!!!  I hope you try it!  And please check out what my fellow chocaholics did with coconut this month, too!

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts.



 

Comments

  1. Yes, it does look lovely. It also looks delicious and highly addictive. The small sliver that I know would be enough probably wouldn’t be. LOL!! Have a fun week!

    • Thanks Sandra! And a little sliver goes a LONG way! I loved part one of your Tablescape recap and I’m looking forward to all that you are putting together this year! : )

  2. Coconut crust… chocolate… You have my attention Anne!! Wow, this looks amazing. My fork is ready…send me in my slice of pie, please. :) Have a wonderful week too ~ Ramona :)

    • Thanks Ramona…..and I will hand deliver this pie to you if you promise to have a couple of mugs of your spicy hot chocolate waiting for us! That looks luscious! : )

  3. Oh, my. This is PURE heaven!!!

  4. Where did you find that quote? I´m still laughing! Maybe if I had a piece of this unbelievably yummy pie I would stop…lol!

    • LOL…I know Paula….it had me laughing too! But seriously…..how delicious are your White Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Truffles! Those things look outrageously good! : )

  5. I LOVE coconut too! This pie looks so sinfully delicious, Anne! So gorgeous! xoxo

    • Thanks Anna….and since I’m a big oatmeal freak….I’m all over your Carmelized Pears and Brown Butter Oatmeal! Now that would have me JUMPING out of bed in the morning! : )

  6. Hi, I jumped over from Vintage Kitchen and just love your chocolate party! I’ve been eyeing a similar recipe in a Martha Stewart cookbook and now must make it, yours looks beautiful!!

    • Hi Holly! I’m glad you jumped over from Paula’s! I finally found you on Facebook, too! Look forward to following. And LOVE LOVE LOVE your lemon curd! : )

  7. This looks like silky smooth perfection :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Interesting analogy by Steve Almond. I can’t say that I agree however, a cuticle would be a little chewier I would think. :) I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of coconut and chocolate but I think your cake would change my mind. The browned coconut crust is something that I could eat without the filling. And of course the filling – just pour in a bowl and hand me a spoon! Together – awesome!!! Love the vintage plate and spatula!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Happy new year!

    • Ha! Thanks MJ! Hope your year is off to a GREAT start! I enjoyed your sister’s post about cushaw and that Yummy Deliciousness cake looks amazing! : )

  9. What a horrible quote!! (Although it did totally make me laugh :)) Beautiful pie, and I bet the flavour is even more amazing than the appearance.

    • Thanks Anna….and I was chuckling at your ‘nog’…with all the ‘eggs’ post! Though that bread was just beautiful and I bet it was sweet and moist! : )

  10. Wow- this looks amazing!!!

  11. Your chocolate coconut pie looks just out of this world delicious;-)

  12. I absolutely love chocolate and coconut together! That coconut crust sounds fantastic!

  13. I just about fell off my chair – this chocolate pie looks crazy good! That filling is so creamy and luscious, and that golden coconut crust is beautiful. Thanks for letting us know where you got your kick ass pie pan – I was admiring it in your photos almost as much as the pie itself.

    • Thanks Nancy….and so glad you decided to start your baking bucket list…..your brioche was absolutely beautiful! : )

  14. I am not a fan of coconut, but that filling looks incredible!

    • Erin…the filling is worth it alone! I am a huge fan of coconut. AND of split pea and ham soup….and your version looks wonderful! : )

  15. My husband hates coconut because of the texture thing, but I LOVE it! This looks delish!

    • Ha! I know the texture gets to many people. All they need to do is to wash it down with your delicious Boozy Bailey’s milkshake! : )

  16. What a pretty pie, Anne! So perfect for the Chocolate Party!

  17. Your quote is such a crack up! I know there are people who abhor the flavor and/or texture of coconut out there, but I say bring it on! Your pie looks magnificent and would definitely get my sweet tooth going!

  18. Love the coconut crust! What a great idea! Coconut is one of my faves, so this would be a hit with me. And who doesn’t like chocolate? Really good stuff – thanks.

  19. Happy New Year, my friend! This pie looks so good. I just tried a chocolate-coconut bar the other day, and I’m hooked on the combo. Can’t wait to make this!

    • Hi Claire! Thanks and you’ve got me trying something new this year….quinoa! Your quinoa bites look delicious! I hope your year is off to a wonderful start! : )

  20. That 4th picture is torture…must make this right away or I think I may die, LOL (but seriously, that looks too good to be true)!

  21. I just drooled over my keyboard… seriously, as a coconut and chocolate lover, this pie is my ultimate pie… I won’t complain even if I get the thinnest slice… I WANT ONE! Gorgeous pie. I just wish I can eat this!

    • Thanks Nami….and I am drooling over your easy tuna bowl! Something so simple for you to make….would be such a treat for me. What a gorgeous dish! : )

  22. Wow Anne, that is making me drool. I’m such a sucker for chocolate and would love to sink my teeth into this right now :)

    • Thanks Chris…and I could use about a pound of your sweet curried pecans….I can think of a dozen uses for those in my baking! : )

  23. i’m so going to steal that coconut crust recipe! I love coconut so much I could eat it daily and still crave it and pairing it with chocolate is one of the best combos ever!
    Thanks for bringing this silky pie to this month #chocolateparty

    • Thanks Roxana….I just love your Chocolate Party. I really look forward to it every month! And I also love your cheese pizza with that beautiful home made dough! (And double chocolate next month….woo hoo!)

  24. OMG….Great post!!!! This sounds so decadent but so easy!

    • Thanks Lillian! And that beautiful fluffy, puffy German pancake that you made with bananas looks like my idea of a perfect breakfast! : )

  25. Oh Anne, what an incredible pie to bring to our chocolate party! I want to take a forkful right out of the computer screen!

    • Thanks Carol….and what a good choice you made for the party with your Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies….and I’m still picking my jaw up from the floor from your amazing photography! : )

  26. Anne, hilarious quote! My husband would subscribe to the ‘cuticle’ sentiment. I’m with you on chewy! Love this simple but unusual crust and the chocolate filling looks heavenly. Yummmmmm!

    • Thanks Hester….and speaking of chocolate fillings….your little mini chocolate cupcakes with that hidden malted milk ball look divine! : )

  27. This looks absolutely scrumptious!!! I adore coconut! This pie is so smooth and sinfully creamy! I LOVE it!

  28. This looks amazing, that picture of the inside of the pie is so stunning… I want to reach for a piece off the screen!

  29. Glad you found me through Hidden Ponies. I will be following you now. Looks like you have a lot of wonderful recipes.

    I have made this pie as well. It is sooo good. I even did a version with salted caramel inside. :-)

    • Love your blog Meg and am so happy to have discovered you! And as good as this pie is….I can only imagine how much better it could be with your salted caramel addition! : )

  30. This is one seriously rich and delicious pie. I particularly love that coconut crust…unique!

    • Thanks Angie! And your Belgian endive and Mandarin orange salad is such a burst of sunshine in the middle of winter! : )

  31. mmmm….I can almost imagine how heavenly the cake would taste! This recipe is a winner!! Loved the look of this sinful dessert. Perfect for weekend!

  32. Wow, that looks like heaven. Love love love chocolate and coconut!!!!!

  33. This looks to die for! What a yummy looking cake, also can’t go wrong with coconut, my fave!

    • Thanks Natalie! And I love coconut, too…..like in your apricot cranberry granola. I could eat that stuff by the fistfuls! : )

  34. Wow this looks fabulous…chocolate n coconut my two favs….loving it:)

    • Thanks Nina…and a beautiful job you did with the Speculaas in the last Daring Bakers challenge! You’ve inspired me to jump back in again! : )

  35. i can’t leave a comment on your latest post “waiting to be shortbread” :S but, that’s a very ncie picture of butter! i think there is nothing better than butter in this whole world…lol

    i LOVE coconut too… i pretty much toss it in everything i bake…hahah. your creation for this month’s chocolate party is AWESOME!

    • Thanks Abeer….I thought you could relate to the ‘butter in waiting’! Your chocolate bark cake is just amazing! : )

  36. Wow! your chocolate coconut pie looks AMAZING!!!! Love it!

  37. MMMMMMMMMMMM. This reminds me of a Mounds bar. I love chocolate and with the coconut crust…holy moly!!!!!

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