Coconut Filling

Recipe from

Southern Living


1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup frozen grated coconut, thawed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; gradually stir in milk, and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat 3 minutes or until thickened.

Stir about one-fourth of hot milk mixture gradually into egg; add egg mixture to remaining hot milk mixture, stirring constantly. Return to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in coconut and vanilla. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm filling. Cool completely; chill 1 hour.