What if you could create a luscious coconut custard pie simply by blending together some common ingredients? Impossible, you say?
It is possible and that's the beauty of this vintage recipe called, appropriately enough, Impossible Pie. It's truly simple and quick and foolproof, a wonderful shortcut without using any real shortcuts (i.e., processed ingredients that wouldn't be found in your grandmother's pantry).
The mis-en-place is below. You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
Blend everything together, except the coconut, which is added at the end.
Pour into a greased pie plate and bake in a preheated oven.
Production notes: I followed this exactly, and made sure the butter was very soft, Place the filled pie plate on a larger tray before baking, to prevent spillage in the oven. There was a crust at the bottom, but because I didn't use a metal pie pan, it wasn't as pronounced as it could have been. I also baked a few minutes longer than recommended, as the pie seemed rather jiggly at 45 minutes.
Wow. My mind is humming with the possibilities here. Do you think it would work to add some almond extract and a handful of chopped toasted almonds to do a kind of Almond Joy thing? Also, did you use unsweetened coconut?ReplyDelete
The almond extract would be fine, and I *think* the chopped almonds might too, though they may do something to the chemistry. Sprinkling them on top before baking (untoasted) and then finishing with some melted chocolate once out of the oven might be an alternative. Let me know what you do! And I used sweetened coconut.Delete
I love coconut and easy recipes so this one really intrigues me but I need to buy a new blender and am wondering what brand yours is and if you have ever tried making any kind of smoothies with it?Delete
Hi Gail. We just replaced our 30-year-old blender with one from Cuisinart. We use it every morning to make smoothies and it works well. I even make almond milk in it a couple of times a week. The Vitamix is the gold standard, but we didn't want to spend the $$ for that.Delete
Chopped nuts wouldn't alter the chemistry as they don't change the acid balance or the liquid/fat/flour ratios. I really need to try this! And I love the idea of the chocolate! I think you could drop some chopped bittersweet on top when it comes out of the oven and spread it. Oh my gosh. I LOVE this.ReplyDelete
Susan, I enjoy trying your recipes and your Super Ranger Cookies have become my signature cookie; I must have made them going on ten times and they are always received with glee. This recipe, however, if not existentially impossible, sure didn't work for me. Maybe it was the almond "milk" rather than cow's, maybe it was halving and baking in an 8x8 pan, who knows. Ah well. I will be interested to hear how others do with it. Time to try the peanut cookies before Passover hits.ReplyDelete