French Coconut Pie

French Coconut Pie from Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on April 28, 2011 · 120 comments

I’m troubled over here, people. With all sorts of heavy stuff on my mind.

Like, when I’m paying for my groceries by credit card, why do they always say “sign here” for your receipt…as if I don’t know to do this? And upon exiting Costco, why oh why do they make you show your receipt? – they never look at the detailed list, and they never look in my cart (and p.s. I think this could possibly be one of the worst jobs ever.)

Forgive me if you, in fact, work at Costco and are in charge of checking receipts – I sincerely hope you don’t go home at the end of the day and violently stab things with a fork.

Also, I found this pie over at Tasty Kitchen. And I am so beyond perplexed at one of the reviews, which was really poor. I’m confused. Dumbfounded. Saddened.

The minute I saw the picture, the ingredients, and the unbelievable easy prep, I dashed to the pantry to make sure I had coconut. An hour and 15 minutes later, this pie was sitting out, cooling. Taunting me.

It finally set enough to where I could cut into it.

Sweet and sublime. The inside is smooth with slight texture from the coconut, and the outside is buttery and crispy. It was so wonderful that I even interrupted Paul on the phone so he could take a bite…he then motioned me to leave the plate. I have no idea what’s French about this pie. And I. Don’t. Care.

That woman who left the negative review – she’s crazy.

This pie is dangerous. Marvelously dangerous.

French Coconut Pie
Serves 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients
• 3 eggs, beaten
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 cup flaked coconut
• 1 stick butter, melted
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• pinch of salt
• 1 (9 inch) Pillsbury refrigerated pie shell

Directions
Mix filling ingredients well and pour into the pie shell. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Let cool and set before slicing.

(from eastmemphismama at Tasty Kitchen)

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Connie November 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

This pie was delicious, only complaint I received was that it was TOO sweet. Do you think if I were to use half the sugar if I would still get that crunchiness on top?

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Amy @Very Culinary November 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hi Connie – see, I’ve got sugar running through my veins, so nothing is too sweet for me ;-) I wouldn’t cut back on the sugar, but maybe you could use unsweetened coconut flakes.

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mike October 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

dead easy to make, and fantastic. bought frozen pie crusts and made the mistake of buying deep dish. so i did 1.5x the recipe and it worked great. not what i was expecting, but in a good way! i would call it a “coconut custard” pie. i was expecting a denser filling, but this came out all creamy and custardy. if you make it, don’t forget to pick up whipped cream on the way home. this will be a keeper!

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Amy @Very Culinary October 19, 2013 at 7:48 am

I love this pie so much…and don’t think I would complain at .5 extra of it. HA. Glad it still came out! And yes, whipped cream, while not necessary, definitely takes it from 10 to 11.

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Rania September 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm

This looks amazing! But before I make it I was wondering whether I use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes?

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Amy @Very Culinary September 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Hi Rania – I always use the packaged sweetened coconut flakes, found in the baking aisle in most markets. This pie is SWEET. If that’s not your thing, than you could try the unsweetened kind, but I can’t vouch for the results.

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jessie August 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm

wow! this looks rocking!

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Carol G. August 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

That. Looks so yummy! I think I will try,asking it with either coconut sugar or a little honey. Thanks for sharing!

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Stephanie May 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I made this pie last night and wow! First of all, it took all of 5 minutes to prepare, the whole house smelt amazing, and we were all just drooling through the oven glass waiting for it. This pie just melts in your mouth with every ooey gooey, buttery, and yet flaky bite. Even my sister, who is thoroughly opposed to coconut, (I know she’s crazy right?!) couldn’t help but eat a slice herself. I definitely will be making this often, thank you Amy for sharing this delicious pie with us all!

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Manda April 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

I just made this tonight, I found a similar recipe on Pinterest, but the site linked keeps trying to force me to sign up and I don’t want to. So I’m commenting on your post instead since the recipe is the same…. The difference was the cooking temp, theirs said 300 for an hour (which is what I did in my gas oven… Worked great) and theirs said 1 1/2 to 2 cups coconut… Everything else was the same…

I actually added 2 1/2 cups coconut since I love coconut so much.. The pie is cooling now, I can’t wait to dig in!

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Lucy Miranda April 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

It looks delicious. Is the coconut flakes fresh or the one that comes in a bag?

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Amy April 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I used the kind from a bag.

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Lisa March 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Thank you for sharing this amazingly easy and delicious pie! It baked to a beautiful crunchy golden brown, with a well set, but creamy filling. My family are all very happy!

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Tami February 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Just “kinda” made this pie and did so much wrong I’m almost afraid. Didn’t want to add the melted butter too soon because I was afraid it might cook the eggs, so I mixed everything else first. Forgot my new bottle of vanilla had a pour spout instead of the tiny opening, so I’m pretty sure about 2-3 teaspoons got in there instead of the one. Poured all into the shell and contemplated why it wasn’t full…decided it must rise a little and put it in the oven. Piddled around then came back to the kitchen to start cleaning up…and found the melted butter still in the cup!!! I pulled the already very hot pie out of the oven, dumped the filling into another mixing bowl, poured in the butter, mixed it all again, then poured it back in the crust. It smells like heaven, but we will see how forgiving this recipe is! LOL!

Signed,
Ditzy Blonde

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Amy February 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Oh goodness! I don’t think any recipe is that forgiving! Yikes. Lol. What a shame, because this pie is so easy and so absolutely delicious…you’ll have to try again!

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Renata C. Franklin November 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

This recipe was wonderful. I had to tweak it due to the absence of coconut flakes. I went with fresh and sauteed it in some butter until it turned golden. I added the required amount of butter to the same pan and melted it. I then transferred the mix to a chiller and let cool for a bit. I then added the mix to the rest of the ingredients and now I get to enjoy this wonderful pie with the family. Thank you for the great recipe.

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Marifl September 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

I just wanna say, for those of us who eat Lowcarb, I subbed 1/2 cup of swerve granulated, and 1/2 cup ideal brown sweetener, 3 tbs almond flour in the mix and sans crust, it was DELICIOUS!!! I followed the rest of the recipe except for cooking, I used a small casserole dish in a water bath to bake….my house smelled amazing and I couldn’t wait to try it. Next time I will try with a almond flour shortbread crust just on the bottom. Awesome recipe I must say :)

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Linda September 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I made this pie and a second one using a Paula Deen recipe and my husband and I had a taste off. This pie was the best by far – thicker, richer and a less eggy flavor. I used a technique that I use for other pies with moist fillings and poked the unbaked pie shell all over with a fork and then baked the pie shell for 7 minutes before filling it. I only had to bake the pie for 45 minutes after pour the filling into the warm shell. This technique helps keep the crust from getting soggy.

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Grace September 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I’ve been searching for a pie recipe for my husband when I ran across this recipe, it looked just like the pie he wanted me to make. I made it today and have to say it was super easy to make. It smells delicous however I don’t like coconut but I did try it and it’s not half bad, lol. I’m sure he is going to enjoy every bite of it. Thanks for sharing.

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kim turner September 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

This is by far not a bad review, but my did not set up at all. I don’t know what happened? I followed the recipe to a “T”! I cooked it for a few minutes under an hour because the crust was getting dark. I let it sit for well over an hour and when i tried to cut into it….juicey goosey….flowing out everywhere! What did I do wrong? Should I put it back in the oven, can i put it back in the oven, should I let it sit longer? Was so excited about how good it looked!

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Amy September 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Oh wow, Kim. I am so sorry. I have made this pie more times than I can count and it always comes out perfectly set and wonderful. You are actually the first to report in with any issues. Only thing I can think of is, did you use a homemade pie crust? I always used the pre-made Pillsbury kind in the freezer section. Maybe that makes a difference? Other than that, I have no idea :(

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Angie August 16, 2012 at 6:52 am

My cousin is suffering from cancer..His sister asked my mom a couple of weeks ago if she could make him his favorite pie…French Coconut..My mom has never made one and i’ve never heard of it..So i got to searching Pinterest for a recipe because i wanted to make him one..I found this recipe and thought i would give it a try!! I made one for myself also,So i could try it before i gave it to my cousin..And i must say It was AWESOME!!! I think i will make another one today:) Thanks for a new favorite.

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Amy August 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

My deepest sympathies for your cousin…I’m so sorry :( Thrilled this turned out for you and can bring some joy his way. I’ve yet to serve it to anyone who didn’t love it. I sure do!

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patsy cuthbertson June 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

a recipe from my grand mother who died at age 92 in the80′s. She could really cook,especially,bake
. Wish I had learned to make her 7layer coconut cakes. They were fresh coconut from scratch. I would like to know if lemon can be substituted for the vinegar? I don’t always have on hand.

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Amy June 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Hi Patsy – I’ve made this pie more times than I can count…it’s one of my absolute favorites. I’ve never tried it with lemon, so I couldn’t say as to the results, sorry.

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Elissa May 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I love coconut, but my husband hates it… Or so I thought! He ate the whole pie! It wasn’t very sweet, but it was sweet enough.. I used it with a gluten free pie crust from bisquick! (1cup bisquick, 5tbs butter, 3tbs water) the crust melted into the pie! It wa delectable! I’m so glad I tried it! Definately easy to make, very few ingredients, and can be manipulated to add orher ingredients! Thank you to your grandmother… I honestly loved this pie!

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Amy May 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hi Elissa – so glad you enjoyed it. Honestly, I don’t know how anybody can’t? It’s one of my favorites!

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Loi March 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I made this pie and it was simply the best! I did put bittersweet chocolate chip on the bottom of the pie crust before adding the filling and I highly recommend it!!

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Amy March 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I’ve made this pie so many times I can’t imagine anything making it better, but chocolate chips on the bottom? Heck ya.

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Needa February 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I’m on pinterest looking for something to make with coconut now, because I have three bags of it in the pantry. I don’t have a pie crust on hand and I don’t want to go to the store, so I’m wondering if this would kind of make its own crust in a way. I saw another recipe on there much like this, and it says it makes its own crust. Hmmm… I really want to try! It looks SO deelish!

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Jennifer H February 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I saw this on Pinterest and finally got to make this, tonight. Oh my goodness…this is just plain sinful! I already have an obsession with coconut to the point that if were human, it would need a restraining order. The only thing is I took mine out after 45 minutes. It was so golden brown I was afraid it would burn in left for the remaining 15 minutes. Also, I had a tough time getting it out of the pie dish…of course, I also couldn’t wait for it to fully cool so that could be it, too! SO buttery and sweet and wonderful!

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Amy February 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Well, everyone’s oven runs differently, so if it was done at 45, then it was done at 45…good thing you were keeping an eye on it! I’ve made this pie so many times and can almost never wait for it to cool off ;-) So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer.

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Kim K. January 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

AMAZING recipe! Thanks for posting! This is the best coconut pie I’ve ever had.

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Amy January 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

YAY! Happy you made it and enjoyed it so much :D I love it too.

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Tausha January 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I’m on pie #3 since I found this a month ago!

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Amy January 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

HA Tausha! I feel you! I’ve made this pie so many times, I’ve lost count. So glad you love it :D.

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Teeny January 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

I made this for New Years Eve. It was a great hit. I made 2 but in one instead of the coconut I added chocolate chips. It was fantastic. Oh and I mention EASY. Loved it thanks.

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Amy January 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Hi Teeny – I love this pie so much, and you can’t beat how easy it is. I also make a Chocolate Chip Cookie pie, which is posted (and equally easy), which sounds similar to your modifications for the second one. Glad it worked out for you!

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Ashley December 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Thanks for the 5 stars! That made my day. Now I’m off to see what other goodies you have on here :).

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Ashley December 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I am EastMemphisMama and I was the one who originally posted this on Tasty Kitchen (my sister came across this on Pinterest). I am so thrilled that so many people are loving this pie! After such a bad review on Tasty Kitchen I stopped reading the reviews because this pie is so special to me. This was a pie originally made by my great grandmother. I also have no idea why it is called French and I’m not sure why it calls for vinegar but my great grandmother was from Mississippi and it is definitely Southern.
Thanks for the love y’all! :)

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Amy December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Oh, how exciting to have you pop on over…greetings Ashley! I left a 5-star review on TK for you back in April when I first posted this. Can you tell it’s one of my favorite pies? Heavenly!! Anyone who likes coconut will witness their toes curl instantly. That bad review is such a shame, but gathering from all the other outstanding (and accurate) ones, I imagine most people dismiss it. I did!

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Helen December 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

OMG!!! This pie looks so delicious!!! I am so making it as soon as I get home tonight! Thanks for sharing.

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Carla Sadlier December 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

I am going to bake this tonight. I do plan on adding a little nutmeg grated on top just because I think it compliments coconut so very well and this reminds me of my mama’s coconut custard pie which we always grate fresh nutmeg on top. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for posting this. I love your blog!

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Amy December 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

Greetings Carla – someone on my Facebook page mentioned they added nutmeg also. Sounds like a great addition. Thank you for your kind words! It fills me up :D

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Carla Sadlier January 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

I made the pie and just loved it! i would give this a 6 out of 5. Thanks so much for bringing back so many memories of my mama with this pie!
I love coconut and this pie is chalked full.

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Amy January 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

YAY :D :D

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Shannon Palmer December 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

This pie is in my oven right now, can’t wait!!!!!

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Amy December 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

YAY! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Julie Kirby December 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Holy coconut… I am sooo making this. And since not all members of my family are fans of coconut, I might well eat the whole thing. Darn you Amy! I curse you and your culinary deliciousness!!!! (Shaking my fist!)

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Amy December 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

HEE! I am here for you!! ;-) *mwah*

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Sandi December 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I made this “bad boy” and I mean to tell you, this was good!!!!! Who ever left a negative comment about this pie, doesn’t have taste buds !!!!

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Amy December 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Right?!!

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Beth Bourque December 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

This is an old recipe in my family and you’re right about how special it is.
My guess about it French reference is that coconuts were probably brought back by French Fleets after visiting tropical places, so it makes sense that this would be one of their recipes for using them. The abundance of eggs, butter, and the pastry lends is typically French, too.

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Amy December 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Thanks for that, Beth. And for the record, the French and their pastries are awesome :D

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Julie December 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut? This is ridiculously easy!

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Amy December 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Hi Julie – see my comment to Elka, below.

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Elka December 7, 2011 at 7:52 am

I am assuming this is unsweetened coconut given the added sugar. Mores the pity since I have a bag of that and then coconut powder looking stuff for indian cooking. It looks like shreds shreds and I always see that sweetened. Now I am confused

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Amy December 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

It definitely was flaked coconut from a bag, but I honestly don’t remember if it was sweetened or not. However, I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so if it had been sweetened, and thus making the pie even sweeter, that would not have been a negative for me.

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Lara December 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

This is an evil pie. Bad, bad pie. We finished it off any way and never looked back. Not sure what the purpose of the white vinegar is but we used it anyway. Very good slightly warm. I pinched off my husband’s piece the next morning and thought to blame it on the kids, but didn’t–or did I? Can’t remember.

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Amy December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hi Lara – thanks for popping over here. I wasn’t quite sure the purpose of the vinegar either considering the tiny amount, but I stayed true to the original recipe, not usually one to mess with baked goods the first time out. Regardless, isn’t it divine? Or as you said, evil?…yes, I’ll go with that.

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Mary November 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I know you are all about the pie, which does look stupendous; just wanted to add I too wondered about that dreadful Costco job until the day the checker asked if I had multiples of an item, and because I didn’t he sent me to the service desk for a cash refund because I had been overcharged… So, the good news is it isn’t all about hiding merchandise, etc… But the job still would be deadly for more than 30 minutes in a row. Oh, thanks for the pie!

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Amy November 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

Ah, good to know! Thanks for stopping by, Mary :D

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Kathy October 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Absolutely delicious! Added whipped cream and a little crushed pineapple as a topping . Will keep it as a favorite!

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Amy October 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Good call on the whipped cream and crushed pineapple. SOund yummy! So glad it worked out for you…it’s a family favorite over here also :D

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ThyInspiredBliss September 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Oh my heavens…. that pie looks absolutely amazing! I’m going to have to try it out this weekend!

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Jillian June 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

This is the second time in as many days as I’ve seen this recipe…must be something to it? Looks like it goes on my “to bake” list. I might just have all these ingredients! :)

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Luz May 19, 2011 at 7:11 am

That looks like it has my bf´s name on it !! Im trying it out this weekend!

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atha May 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

Looks delicious but how much does of 1 stick of butter weigh?

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Amy May 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

Greetings Atha – Hm. I don’t know…but there are many online weight conversion charts that will give you that info, if you do a search on Google.

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Luz May 19, 2011 at 7:14 am

Sorry to intrude… A stick of butter weighs 4 ounces // 113 grs
you can find a great list of conversions at Chocolate and Zucchini´s website ! http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2006/09/conversions_equivalents.php

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Amy May 19, 2011 at 7:33 am

Greetings Luz! Not intruding at all. I love when my readers fill in the gaps where I, otherwise, do not. Thanks!

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Debbie November 4, 2011 at 5:11 am

According to Paula Deen — it weighs nothing.

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Amy November 4, 2011 at 6:03 am

@Debbie – Ha!

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Stephanie May 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

What is with that job at Costco? You’re so right…they don’t look at anything in great detail. And what’s the point, anyway? The chances of getting through the checkout without paying for something are pretty slim — not like you can hide any of that stuff in your pants!

Anywhoo… I’m not a coconut fan, but this pie does look devine. I can see the buttery-ness oozing out. THAT in itself, my friend, is devine.

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I don’t know what’s French about it either, but it’s my mom’s favorite pie to make and she’s French so there maybe something to it. ;-)

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Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) April 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I don’t have any answers to your perplexing questions, but I can tell you that I agree with you – they should NOT check receipts at Costco, and no one should give a cake as delicious looking as this one a negative review. Looks AMAZING to me. Thanks for sharing!

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Joanne April 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I always take what reviewers say with a grain of salt. These are probably also the same people who buy Marie Callendar entrees at the supermarket. No judgment (although….I so totally judge).

Unless the reviewers are fellow bloggers who I know and love…such as yourself! You’ve never led me astray and I can tell from the coconut goodness oozing from that pie…that this is pure heaven.

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Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary April 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Yup that reminds me of a chess pie too, cept with coconut which makes it even better! You know that along with onions and leeks and artichokes, coconut is right up there for me. I could sink my “sweet teeths” (cause you know I have more than one) into that sucker right now!

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Amy April 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Lisa, you’d love this. Naturally. If you decide to make it, be certain to let it cool and set completely before cutting so you get nice slices, not a glop (which, IMHO, would still be wonderful.)

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Cathy April 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

I don’t even like coconut (except in Mounds bars!) but that looks really good!

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Amy April 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Ah, Mounds Bars! My favorite…it’s the one treat I snag from my kid’s baskets at Halloween time.

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Paula April 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

That looks like a chess pie…with coconut. Marvelous! P~

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Amy April 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of chess pie and needed to look it up (so sayeth the gal who’s obsessed with pie *hangs head in shame*) Yes indeed, it appears to be quite similar and fantastic. Seriously…eggs, butter, sugar – how can you go wrong?

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Paula April 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

It’s a very southern pie…and a staple of pie-dom here. The vinegar addition is what makes it, in my opinion. Try one sometime. P~

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Melissa April 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

Something about the photo and your description… I can taste it. Wowza.

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Amy April 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thanks, Melissa! This is one of those foods that when photographing, did all the work for me :D As for the taste: it’s sweet and rich…and perfect for ME who could eat a cup of sugar all on its own, as you know.

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Melissa April 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

That’s how I imagined it. Really sweet, but appropriately so, with that crisp, buttery outside and the melty coconut… I can’t believe how much I like this hahahaha. :D

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Carolyn April 28, 2011 at 8:21 am

Wow, that looks tremendous. I can’t believe such a thing would get even one negative review. Saving!

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Amy April 28, 2011 at 10:08 am

I know, right!? The reviewer commented that it was too sweet, greasy, and didn’t slice well. To which I responded “With 1 1/2 cups of sugar and a cup of coconut, did you think it would be tart or savory?” Also, I’m willing to bet she didn’t let it cool and set before slicing (which I do understand…I mean, it’s torture waiting for that first bite!)

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