1 (9-inch) pie

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch in a heavy saucepan; gradually whisk in half-and-half and egg yolks. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 2

Stir in butter, coconut, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and cool to room temperature. Spoon custard mixture into pastry shell, and chill 30 minutes or until set.

Step 3

Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add remaining1/4 cup sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating until soft peaks form. Spread or pipe whipped cream over pie. Garnish, if desired.

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