Source: Froggie’s Coconut Cream Pie



Sometimes you just have to make a cream pie the old fashioned way, with lots of cream and egg yolks.  This is a perfect holiday dessert item.

For this recipe I decided on a soft snickerdoodle butter crust.  If you don’t want it as sweet you may use your favorite pie crust recipe.



Snickerdoodle pie crust

8 store bought snickerdoodle cookies, crushed
1/4 c butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Mix butter with crushed snickerdoodles and press into a deep dish pie pan. I go halfway up the sides. Bake until slightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, take 1/2 cup flaked coconut and spread it out onto a cookie sheet and let it bake 8-10 minutes or until brown. Remove from heat and let cool.


Coconut Custard

1½ cups coconut milk
1½ cups whipping cream or half and half
5 egg yolks
2 tablespoons Malibu coconut rum
¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
1½ cups flaked, sweetened coconut
1½ teaspoons vanilla

In a large bowl mix coconut milk and cream. Add egg yolks and whisk together with milks. Set aside.

Add sugar and cornstarch to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk egg and milk mixture together once more and then slowly begin to add to the sugar and cornstarch, whisking together constantly.

Increase temperature to medium, and bring custard mixture to a boil. Continue to stir until boiling and then boil one minute. Mixture will thicken as it boils. Make sure you stir constantly to prevent burning.

Remove from heat and add butter, coconut and vanilla.

Spread custard into pie crust. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 30-45 minutes.

Whipping Cream

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup  powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add heavy whipping cream to large  chilled bowl. Whisk with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form.  Add sugar  and vanilla and fold just until combined.
Spread whipped cream on top of coconut custard. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, top with toasted coconut.


Happy holidays!


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An impromptu photoshoot of 3 of my 4 children in Big Cottonwood canyon, Utah last week.

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Pumpkin Curry Soup

3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 gala apple, peeled and diced
2 cups roasted sugar pumpkin, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
1 S&B Golden curry mild or medium hot sauce mix (depending on your taste for heat)
3 cups cooked chicken breasts, diced
1 cup cream
Freshly ground black pepper
In a stockpot over medium heat, melt butter and saute onion, carrot, apple, and celery until all are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add pumpkin and blend for another 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock.

Puree the mixture in a food processor or blender. Return the puree to the stockpot, add the remaining chicken stock and diced chicken breasts and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add curry blocks and stir until dissolved. Then add the cream and heat until almost boiling. Add a little bit of cracked black pepper.  Drizzle a spoonful of cream on top and dust with paprika if you so desire. Or if you prefer a green garnish, parsley would work just fine too.

Chef note: you shouldn’t need to add additional salt to this recipe as both traditional chicken stock and curry blocks contain salt.

Chef note II:  If you want the vegan route use veggie stock and don’t add chicken.  IMG_1564

Froggie’s Tadpoles

An impromptu photoshoot of 3 of my 4 children in Big Cottonwood canyon, Utah last week.

Source: Froggie’s Tadpoles

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