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Coconut Cream Pie Bites

Coconut Cream Pie Bites, Perfect in Every Way | 31Daily.com

When it comes to pie, Coconut Cream is a perennial favorite. This new twist delivers everything you love about coconut cream pie, in bite-size portions.

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Ingredients

For crust:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted

For filling:

2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 cups milk (whole milk is best for texture)
11/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 tablespoon butter
11/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For topping:

2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine graham crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter; press onto bottoms of 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes to set.

For filling:

Whisk sugar, eggs, and egg yolk in a size medium bowl. Set aside.

Bring milk, coconut, and cornstarch to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Gradually add hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return the custard to the same saucepan; cook until it boils, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in butter and vanilla.

Portion custard evenly into paper-lined lined muffin cups.  Chill until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

When ready to serve, top each Coconut Cream Pie Bite with freshly whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes.

For topping:

Toast coconut in a heavy small skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Cool completely.

Beat whipping cream on high speed (with an electric mixer or whisk attachment in a stand mixer) until foamy; gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla, beating until soft peaks form. Spread or pipe whipped cream on each mini pie.

Notes

Want to make a pie? The crust and coconut pastry cream easily converts to a 9-inch pie. Everything remains the same, simply pour it into the pie plate instead.

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