Company's coming over and you need a fast dessert out of the pantry stash-- cheap too
I was thinking this morning what about a thread to share those TNT recipes that you can make fast and easy as a mix but taste SO much better, and come from cheap stuff you have in the pantry.
We had 2 extra adults at the table last night, it was fun and I served a coconut pie for dessert that I love and rely on. It's one of those recipes like Wacky Cake that everyone "knows" but not everyone has a recipe for so here goes. I've had it so long I don't even know where it came from.
Impossible Coconut Pie
Pre heat oven to 350 (this bakes alongside dinner often quite nicely on the very bottom rack)
Pour into a blender or use a bowl with a hand blender or whisk:
1-1/2 cups milk (the classic recipe calls for 2 cups but it ALWAYS overflows my 10 inch pie plate and 1-1/2 works GREAT)
1/2 cup butter (melt if whisking together by hand) (I used Becel and just scooped some in last night, it works fine too if no butter)
1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar (I use a bit less because I get the big bags of coconut from Costco and it's sweetened)
1 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tsp vanilla
So blend the ingredients and pour into a GREASED 10 inch pie plate. I spray with PAM and it works well.
I let it sit for a few moments to let the flour settle to the bottom for a "crust" which is more like a soggy bread puddingy texture, not a real crust but it's more like it has layers and the top is crusty and crunchy with coconut, creamy custardy middle and the bread pudding bottom.
Then shove into the oven ON THE BOTTOM RACK so the bottom has a chance to brown and set. This improves the pies layering and texture and keeps the coconut from scorching.
It also means you can carry on roasting whatever it is you are doing for dinner on the top rack, yesterday I was roasting 2 chickens for dinner.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or till the center is set and a knife comes out clean like you do for any custard.
While the family eats dinner this can cool off and be served still warm and lovely for dessert.