doesn’t everyone love pie?
if you were born anywhere before or in 1964, i guarantee you have “pie” stories.
my grandma loved pie. my mom makes the best pies ever. she has many recipes from her friends for pies from around the country. people have stories about their pies. cookbooks have entire sections devoted to pie.
pie is back!
as a matter of fact, my grandma betsy used to take me to knapps restaurant in tacoma, wa back in the day. we would have a cup of soup, a half of sandwich and a piece of pie. we would take one or two bites and ask for to-go boxes. i swear we both ate our pie pieces in our cars on our way home…haha.
in the past it was all homemade.
now boxed crusts and funky new style crusts have taken over. and pies are served with ice cream inside (not just on top). and there are fried pies. and the kind of pies you get at the supermarket in little bags that you will never, ever look at the calorie content on the back. pie is pie. it’s just good. eat it.
so, when asked what one pie i would want at this moment…
coconut cream pie, of course. well, at least my version of it.
COCONUT ICE CREAM PIE
35 ritz crackers (i use one sleeve of reduced fat version because that’s what’s in our pantry at all times)
5 Tblsp. butter, melted
3 c. vanilla ice cream, softened (i like plain old fashioned vanilla ice cream. no vanilla bean. no ultra creamy, fancy type. just the original. even better if it comes in a box, not a round carton. but that’s just me. use whatever vanilla you like)
2/3 c. sweetened shredded coconut, not toasted
1 box (3.4 oz) coconut cream instant pudding mix
3/4 c. milk (i use 1% because that’s what we drink but i’ll bet it would be really yummy with 2%)
1 c. whipping cream
3 tsp. sugar
1 c. sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
crush ritz crackers in food processor. mix with butter. press into bottom and up sides of pie plate. mix ice cream, non toasted coconut, pudding mix and mil together until creamy. pour into pie crust. place in freezer. whip cream until peaks form. add sugar half way through to sweeten. while you are doing this, put 1 c. coconut on parchment paper on cookie sheet and broil. watch closely. it only takes a minute or two. do not over toast. cool. after coconut is cooled, top pie with whipped cream and then toasted coconut. return to freezer until ready to eat.
side note… you can make this pie and put in a regular pie crust or even an oreo pie crust. but the ritz cracker (sweet/salt thing) is what i like. the photo above is the one i made for my mom… she likes the regular crust. that’s her generation.