“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.”
Julia Child, My Life in France
Making a pie is a thing that should come naturally to me. My grandmother and mother have been making pies for many years. I would like to think it is in my genes but it is really in the practice of pie making. This banana coconut cream pie from Joy the Baker was our next Sundays with Joy baking group project.
This pie, as with all things, was made with lots of love. I made this pie in the midst of packing up and organizing for a wedding. My wedding – in 3 days. Really. The best thing I could have done is step into the kitchen, quiet my mind, tackle a new project and learn something new.
I made this in stages – the crust, the filling, and later the topping. Custard fillings are usually my nemesis. I cannot get them right. As I was making the filling I was trying to channel my grandmother and mother…am I doing this right? Is the milk mixture thick enough? Do I pull it off the heat now? The custard filling was pulled off the heat, strained and readied for chilling in the fridge. I took a time out and called my grandmother. I was not sure if she would be able to recall any tips for making custard but she sure was proud of me. We were both having good days that day!
A trick that my grandmother (and mother) use is to add a little food coloring to the custard to make it a rich yellow. I did not do this – but next time I will use some local eggs from the happy chickens down the road. The brilliant orange of the yolks will shine brightly.
Joy suggests slicing the bananas and folding it into the cream but I sliced them and put them on the bottom of the crust. The toasted coconut was folded into the custard as well. The crust was a mixture of vanilla wafers, toasted coconut and melted butter. I popped this pie back in the fridge to set up and later topped it with whipped cream.
Sprinkle with some more toasted coconut…
The next morning I had a slice of this pie with my morning coffee. My Dad would have done the same. It was also a time of quiet reflection as I thought of my upcoming marriage. He would approve of the pie and the marriage.
If you would like to find this recipe, and many more, get yourself a copy of Joy Wilson’s cookbook here. Or join in on the fun with our Sundays with Joy baking group on Facebook as we cook our way through the book! Have a fantastic Sunday friends!