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Aunt Gertrude's Coconut Pie
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Serves/Makes:1 9" Pie

  • 1 baked 9" pie shell
  • 2 cups (475 ml) milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup (175 ml) sugar
  • heaping 3 tbsp (45 ml) all purpose flour
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 stick real butter
  • hand full of coconut
  • Meringue:
  • 3 egg whites
  • level 6 tbsp (90 ml) sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp (2 ml). cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml). vanilla flavoring
  • Put milk in a 2 to 3 qt. heavy sauce pan, on to warm (not boil) over medium heat.
  • Mix together the flour, sugar and salt.
  • After milk is warm, add the flour mixture to it.
  • Cook until it is almost thick.
  • Slightly beat eggs yolks, and add to the egg yolks approximately 1/2 to 1 cup (225 ml) of the hot milk mixture
  • Mix it up then add this back to the the sauce pan with the remaining hot milk mixture, and continue to cook until thick, take off the stove and add the butter and coconut, and stir together until butter melts.
  • Let cool a little, then pour into the baked pie shell.
  • Put Meringue on top, making sure that the meringue touches the sides of the pie shell so it will not shrink away
  • Sprinkle some coconut on top of the meringue
  • Bake in a 350 degree (175 C.) oven until the meringue is as brown as you want it.
  • Preparation of the Meringue:
  • Beat the egg whites until frothy and start adding the sugar, one tbsp at a time.
  • Add the cream of tartar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the Vanilla Flavoring.
My Aunt Gertrude Harper is one of the best cooks in the country. She is getting up in age. My husband, Jerry, and everyone else, loves her coconut pies. Jerry told her if she got to feeling like she was going to die, to fix some of them and put in the freezer for him to have later. Ha. Since this is impossible, I have learned to cook them myself, and they are ALMOST as good as my Aunt Gertrude's! We always think of her when we have one of these great pies. Aunt Gertrude married my Uncle Marvin when she was just a young girl, and has out lived him and one of her son's. She is very special to me!! Even though she is not a blood Aunt, I could not love her any more, if she was.

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