French acadian coconut pie

This week’s KEEPER recipe was taken from a recipe book I purchased at a garage sale my daughter, Carol Farley and I attended at the Bossier City Race Track garage sale in October, 2011. The book is titled “From Our Kitchens to Yours.” Although it is only 70 pages of recipes compiled by the School Nutrition Association of Bossier Parish, it is brimming with exceptional recipes.

I have two favorite foods. They are Bar-b-que Ribs and Coconut Pie. If there is a choice of desserts, I like anything with coconut but Coconut Pie is my favorite. However, I do not care for the meringue if on top and just scrape it aside. That is one thing I do like about this recipe; meringue is not one of the ingredients.

However if you are a fan of meringue, you could add it or top it with whipped cream. That would be your choice.

Many years ago, I use to make my own pie crusts but now to make life simpler, I just buy the frozen ready-made pie shells…”Marie Callender’s” brand preferred.

I prepared the pie filling as instructed in the recipe. There was a good amount of filling left over after pouring it to the rim of the pie shell. I made a quick trip to the grocery store and bought a package of eight small pastry shells. I filled those shells with the remaining filling and baked it along with the pie. I did remove them from the oven a bit sooner than the pie.

The pie tarts turned out to be a blessing. I took them to church friends that I visited who are residents in the Town & Country Nursing home.

FRENCH ACADIAN COCONUT PIE

5 eggs
1 stick butter, softened
¾ cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
2 cups coconut
1 (9 inch) pie shell

Mix first five ingredients well, beat really hard. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes (I baked it 40 minutes) or until pie is done. It makes a very thick, fluffy pie.

I hope they have coconut pie in heaven.

The cookbook was published by Morris Press Cookbooks; Copyright 2009. The recipe was submitted by Pearlina Capers, page 55. I do not know if this cookbook is still available. If interested you may inquire by calling 318-549-5046 or write to School Nutrition Association of Bossier Parish, P.O. Box 2000, Benton, LA 71006.

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