National Pie Day- Coconut Praline Cream Pie

Did you know that today is national pie day? In honor of this very drool worthy day, we decided to offer up a decadent coconut praline cream pie recipe for you to try out with your family.  This recipe is not only delicious, but it looks pretty too!  We have made this pie many times for family holidays, small group gatherings, and it’s even won a few “best pie” awards in friendly competitions with friends and family.  We hope you and yours enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Praline Coconut Cream Pie
1 baked 9″ pie crust

Praline layer:
1/2 c dark brown sugar
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter
Melt together, stirring constantly, until sugar loses its graininess. Quickly pour into the bottom of the prepared crust, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with 1 c chopped pecans. Set aside.

Coconut Layer:
1c sugar
3 tbs flour
2 egg yolks
2 14 oz cans evaporated milk
pinch salt
Whisk together until well mixed and add:
1 c coconut
Microwave for 9 minutes or so, stirring about every minute, until mixture coats a spoon.
Let cool for a bit and stir in 2 tsp mexican vanilla (if it is available to you or regular vanilla if not–we used reg vanilla) and 2 T butter. Pour over cooled praline layer and chill with a layer of greased plastic wrap over the surface.

Just before serving whip a pint of cream with sugar to your taste and place a thick layer over top of the pie. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Serves 8.

In honor of national pie day, what is your favorite pie?  Do you have an award winning recipe you want to share with us in the comments? We’d  love to hear!

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