mardi 15 mars 2016

Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Squares

Cookie Crust

1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp almond extract, optional
1/8 tsp coconut extract, optional
1 1/4 cup + 2 tbsps flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 400
Grease a square baking dish
Cream together butter and sugar then mix in remaining wet ingredients
Mix dry ingredients together then add to wet mixture
Combine mixture until dough forms
Spread evenly in the bottom of your baking dish
Bake about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean (crust will not get golden brown!)
Chill in the refrigerator while making filling

3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 cups milk, separated
1/4 cup cornstarch
5 egg yolks (save your whites for an egg white omelet the next morning... you'll need it!)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded or flake coconut

How to make it  :

In a saucepan, whisk together sugar, coconut milk, and 1 cup of milk over high heat and scald (take off the  heat right before it boils - when you see little bubbles start to rise on edges of the pot), set aside
In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/2 cup milk with corn starch, set aside
In yet another bowl, whisk salt with egg yolks
Whisk in about a half cup of the scalded mixture to the yolk mixture until completely incorporated
Add that yolk mixture and the corn starch mixture back into the pot with the scalded mixture and whisk over medium high heat until it turns into a thick pudding
Remove from heat and stir in butter, extracts, and coconut
Pour over chilled cookie crust and place back in the refrigerator while making the whipped cream

Whipped Cream Topping

1 cup cream
2 1/2 tbsps powdered sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup shredded or flake coconut, for garnish

How to make it :

Preferably in a stand mixer, beat the 3 ingredients until it becomes fluffy!  You can use a hand mixer or whisk the mixture until your arm falls off, too.
Evenly spread whipped cream over coconut filling and then sprinkle with coconut.  You can even toast the coconut if you like!

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