Posts made in February 29th, 2012

light triple coconut cream pie

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Posted on Feb 29, 2012 in Food

I usually like to have some related childhood anecdote or some interesting (to me, at least) story to tell with each recipe I post, but today, I got nothin’. Which is sad really, because this coconut cream pie is probably in my top five favorite recipes ever posted to BTHR. I should really being doing it justice with some deep and poetic story, but I’m totally blocked.

I have no fond childhood memories about coconut cream pie. No funny stories from college. Nothing. The only thing even close I have is that my Mama always requested coconut cream cake for her birthday. But that’s a whole other type of deliciousness.

Part of it could be because last night, instead of staying home and doing homework and coming up with some narrative about this pie, I skipped out on all of my duties to go to a basketball game. It was totally worth it. Even if I have to live the rest of my days knowing that this superstar recipe is paired with a lackluster write-up.

In case you were wondering, my team totally slaughtered the other guys. And we were underdogs. Love it when that happens!

Alright, let me say what I actually can about this pie. It’s another one of my attempts to have healthy (or at least, less unhealthy) desserts in the house. This one was a huge success! Although I need to note that it’s probably not all that healthy that Babyface and I finished the whole pie within 36 hours. It was so good that I found myself waking up in the morning and immediately thinking about it. That’s a good pie.

I made the custard using skim milk, light coconut milk and low amounts of sugar, which allows for a smooth and creamy filling without the calorie-bomb of cream. The light sugar amount allows the coconut flavor to really shine through. Sometimes I feel like pies just taste like straight up sugar, but this one really lets the flavor shine through.

The second part of the “triple” is the coconut whipped cream. Instead of heavy whipping cream, I whipped up coconut milk sweetened with just a touch of confectioner’s sugar. This pie topper gives another layer of coconut-y flavor and lighter nutrition facts. That switch alone saves about 50 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving. Plus, I think it tastes even better than whipped cream. And then to top everything off, I sprinkled on some crunchy, toasty flaked coconut. The rest of the pie is so smooth and creamy that the crunchy stuff is a really interesting change in texture.

The end stats are pretty exciting.

This pie is so good that I hope you forgive me for my terrible post. I will hopefully be back tomorrow with a lot more to say.

Triple Coconut Cream Pie

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Adapted From: Cooking Light

 

Ingredients

For the Custard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1-13.5 ounce can of light coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 1-13.5 ounce can of regular coconut milk, refrigerated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
For the Pie
  • 1 prebaked pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons toasted coconut

Instructions

  1. Prepare the custard by whisking together the eggs, flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the skim milk and light coconut milk. Heat until small bubbles begin to form along side of pan (do not boil). Remove from heat. Stream milk slowly into egg mixture while whisking rapidly. When all the milk is added, return mixture to the saucepan over low heat. Simmer until thick and bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, transfer to a heatproof bowl and stash in fridge or freezer until custard is room temperature. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. To prepare the whipped cream, spoon out the top cream portion of the refrigerated coconut cream into the bowl of a mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in vanilla and confectioner’s sugar.
  5. To assemble pie, pour cooled custard into crust. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until custard is cold.
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fab freebie: LARABAR for Kroger shoppers

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Posted on Feb 29, 2012 in Food

Attention Kroger Shoppers! Shop the Kroger Cart Buster event from February 26–March 10 for great values. Find out about all the savings at www.CartBuster.com! And from February 29-March 6, download exclusive, digital coupons for Kroger’s “Deal Of The Day” for even MORE savings at http://bit.ly/wxfnlU. Happy Savings!

 

I’m a huge fan of all things free.  I’ve been known to take things that I have absolutely no need for just because I didn’t have to pay for them. Free is really awesome when it’s a product or item that I need or love. So when Kroger contacted me through Clever Girls Collective, telling me that they were passing out free LARABARs today, I was all over that!

I’m usually not a big fan of using BTHR as a sounding board for marketing folks, but in this case, I figured since they were dolling out free, all-natural goods, I’d make an exception. If you’ve never had a LARABAR before, they are 100% natural energy bars made with dried fruits and nuts. They come in a million different flavors and are sold at most major grocers. And if you have a Kroger nearby, you can go get yourself one for free today. This is a great chance to check out a high-quality natural food item for no cash at all.

All this week Kroger is running a Cart Buster promotion with lots of great deals in store and some amazing digital coupons online. One of those coupons goes live for today ONLY and gets you a free LARABAR. All you have to do is head to the Cart Buster website, click the Deal of the Day link and download your coupon. Just make sure you do it before the day is out. Go snag yourself a snack!

Thank you to Kroger for sponsoring my participation in the “Deal Of The Day” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.