Self-Crust Coconut Pie for #SundaySupper

by Renee on July 8, 2012

Self-Crust Coconut Pie

Do your kids help with cooking? Or your nieces and nephews? Kids in the kitchen is today’s theme for Sunday Supper. It is a great theme. I was introduced to cooking at an early age. I have so many memories of being beside my mom or dad when they were preparing a meal. They always would have me help in any way, big or small. I was cooking and baking by the time I was a teenager. I made desserts (like cherry cream cheese pie) and simple meals for dinner.

The experience of cooking at a young age was priceless. The basics of cooking are important and should be learned by everyone. The earlier the better. What my parents taught me gave me the resources to prepare meals ranging from simple to complex. My skills have improved over the years. When I am in doubt, I always think back to the basics and relate the current challenge to one I learned a long time ago.

An easy task for kids is stirring. It is the reason I chose to share the recipe for self-crust coconut pie. The ingredients are stirred together and poured into a pie plate. Parents can handle the hot stuff; melting the butter, placing the pie in the hot oven, and removing the pie from the hot oven. The result? A pie that is like a giant, moist coconut macaroon. It is really sweet and rich. If your kids like coconut, they will love this pie – especially if they help make it.

Self-Crust Coconut Pie Slice

This is a family recipe. I got it from my mother-in-law. She made it as a dessert for a family dinner over 25 years ago (actually closer to 30 years ago). I have to admit I did not make it until recently. The original recipe called for a 3.5 ounce can of coconut which I cannot seem to find in the stores any longer. I adapted it to 4 ounces (by weight) because I figured the extra half ounce would not make a difference.

Want more recipes for kids in the kitchen? Check out these from the Sunday Supper bloggers:

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What a great line-up of kid-friendly dishes! Join in the Sunday Supper conversation on twitter and share your recipes for kids. There will be a live twitter chat today (Sunday, July 8th) beginning at 3pm Eastern Time. Use the #SundaySupper hashtag and tweet your recipes and food photos. Follow the Sunday Supper Pinterest board for more inspiration.

At what age did you start cooking? Do you remember the first thing you ever made? Share your early kitchen memories. And create some for the kids in your life too. Happy cooking!

Self-Crust Coconut Pie

Self-Crust Coconut Pie

  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten and at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces (by weight) sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Add eggs to flour mixture and stir to combine. Add melted butter, vanilla, coconut, and milk. Stir to combine.

Pour mixture into an ungreased 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Remove pie from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate pie for at least 2 hours. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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Family Foodie July 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

Seriously Renee…. this post has me drooooling! Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for all that you do to make #SundaySupper Movement possible. I can’t thank you enough!

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Renee July 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thanks Isabel! I believe in the #SundaySupper Movement and truly enjoy supporting it.

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Cindys Recipes July 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

Another great idea, Renee!

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Renee July 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thank you Cindy!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal July 8, 2012 at 9:50 am

Looks great! I love how easy it is. My kind of pie.

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Renee July 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thanks Lane! It is very easy to make.

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Terry July 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

Mmm. Looks as rich and moist as a macaroon, and I love coconut!

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Renee July 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thanks Terry! I’ll be sure to get a slice or two to you.

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Terry July 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Yeah..one small slice. ;(

Tora Estep July 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

I agree with you completely about how important it is to get kids in the kitchen early. When they realize that cooking isn’t something to be intimidated by, they have more of a chance to control what and how they eat.

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Renee July 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thanks Tora.

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious July 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

Love a good “impossible” pie. This is one of my favorites! (Visiting you from #SS)

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Thanks Dorothy! I have heard it called “impossible” pie but the recipes I found for it were slightly different.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes July 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

So easy and delicious! Perfect to make with kids and to eat with them also! I bet it can be made with additions like raspberries or pineapple.

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Oh yes, I bet the fruit would be a nice addition.

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes July 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

This looks like a slice of heaven – no joke! I am addicted to coconut lately, and will definitely be trying this. It looks so moist and decadent and … yes I’m drooling. Great choice Renee!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Thanks Nicole. I totally love coconut. I think I could eat it every day.

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Elizabeth @Mango_Queen July 8, 2012 at 11:26 am

What an amazing coconut pie! I love the self-crust! Thanks for visiting my blog to share the #SS !

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Elizabeth! And I enjoyed visiting you blog and will be back to it often.

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Laura @ Family Spice July 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The best part of any pie is the filling. Love that there’s no crust so this is all yummy coconut!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I like the no pastry crust part too. It really makes it different from regular pies.

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) July 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Excellent post and I absolutely agree with your thoughts on cooking with kids. My husband LOVES coconut and I know he would devour this!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Brandie!

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Heather @girlichef July 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Oh, this looks delicious! All of my kids insist that they don’t like coconut, so I know the hubs and I would wind up eating this all by ourselves. I’ll have to make it next time we have a family get together!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I am glad my husband likes coconut and this pie or else I would eat the whole thing myself.

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sunithi July 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

love coconut so am quite sure will love this pie !!!! Yumm ! Thanks for sharing :)

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thanks Sunithi!

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Liz July 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I wish my hubby liked coconut b/c then I’d make this for dessert tonight! I adore the stuff and need and excuse to make this amazing, easy, delectable pie!!!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You could always make it and give it away to friends and neighbors…(except for a slice or two for yourself).

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Amber July 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

It’s sooo beautiful! I want a slice! What a good MIL!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Amber!

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diabeticFoodie July 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

My dad would LOVE for me to make this. I guess I still qualify as being a “kid” :)

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Of course you qualify as being a kid. Thinking young keeps you young.

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Stacy July 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I have a total weakness for chewy macaroons so I am bookmarking this pie! I truly believe the best gift we can give our children is the time we spend with them in the kitchen, preparing food. It nourishes our bodies and our spirits.

Thanks for sharing,

Stacy

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thanks Stacy!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) July 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Renee, this looks SO GOOD! I would eat this up…and love that it makes its own crust. This is really my kind of baking!!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

It is quite nice when you need to make something quick.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog July 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Renee, this is one beautiful and delicious looking pie. I love that it’s a self crust pie. I would love to have a piece of this right now. Happy #SundaySupper!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Jennie! And happy #SundaySupper to you too.

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love how simple this is!! It looks incredible! I love coconut!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thank you Jessica

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Aarean July 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

gosh i wish I would have seen this before today so I could have actually made it for our sunday dessert! Oh well…there’s always next week, and you better believe I printed it out for that!

xoxo
Aarean
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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Thank you Aarean. I hope you enjoy it for your dessert next Sunday.

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Carla July 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

So can someone who has failed making pies 3 times make this without it falling apart? I may not be able to do coconut cream pie, but I bet I can make this one!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I am sure you can make this pie Carla. Easy peasy.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips July 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Yum! This sounds so good. I never liked coconut till recently. And this only has a little flour, so adapting to gluten-free shouldn’t be too hard.

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I do not know how to suggest to make it gluten-free but if you do please be sure to share the recipe.

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Kim Bee July 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I absolutely love this. Nothing like coconut pie. I adore coconut so much.

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Kim

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cj July 9, 2012 at 1:32 am

What a unique recipe … have to pin this and make it!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks CJ! And thanks for pinning it too.

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Laura Hunter July 9, 2012 at 6:23 am

I think teaching our kids cooking is such an important life skill. I know so many people who don’t know how to cook. Not only is it easier to eat healthy when you know how to cook but it is also one of the simplest ways to help your budget. Eating out and buying prepared food is one of the easiest ways to drain any family food budget.

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I agree. I always feel better the more I cook at home. Plus it does help with the budget.

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Faye Leong July 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

This look so good, Renee! Can imagine how it taste, especially coconut mix with milk…yummy!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thank you Faye

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Katy July 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

What a great pie, and I can imagine how much fun kids would have with this!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Katy! I am sure the kids would have a big time with helping to make this pie.

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Angie@Angie's Recipes July 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I simply adore things coconut! The pie looks delish!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thank you so much Angie!

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Kristen July 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I think most of my kids would love that pie, but I am not sure that I would be able to share! What a fantastic recipe!!

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Renee July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thank Kristen. It is hard to share (so good).

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Sarah July 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Wow! I can’t eat coconut anymore and nobody around is overly fond of it, but if I did have eaters I’d be ALL over this! Love your tips on kids in the kitchen too.

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Renee July 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thanks Sarah!

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Ellie July 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Thanx for this recipe. It brought back a lot of memories. I used to make this for about every cookout years ago but lost the recipe. You just brought it to mind. I am now 81 and will probably make it one more time. Again, thanks

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Renee July 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Thanks Ellie! Only make it one more time? I am sure you will have the opportunity to make it a few more times. I am glad I could bring back a lot of memories for you.

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RecipeNewZ July 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Wonderful pie! Thank you for sharing this post on RecipeNewZ! It was very popular, and as such is now featured on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RecipeNewZ . Congratulations and have an amazing weekend!

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Renee July 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks you so much! I am so happy I found RecipeNewZ – it is a great site for finding recipes.

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DaLocalChef August 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I love this recipe!!! I expanded it a bit, (27 times!!!) and used it as the base for a dessert for a ladies luncheon here at the club. Served some rum poached pineapple on the side and topped it with whipped cream lightly sweetened with brown sugar and spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Thank you so much!!

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Renee August 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thank you so much! I am so glad you liked the pie and very much appreciate that you took the time to come back and tell me all about it.

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Susan October 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I’ve had this multiple times at potlucks, but never knew who brought it to get the recipe! If I don’t have self-rising flour, would it work to just add a pinch of baking soda or powder to regular flour?

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Renee October 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

I have seen recipes on how to make self-rising flour. For one cup of all-purpose add either 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and either 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Good luck!

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Geraldine November 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

I love coconut! Thank you so much for sharing. Do you think this could be used as a macaroon recipe? If so could the macaroons be scooped up and dropped on a cookie sheet or would I have to use mini muffin tins? Thanks!

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Renee November 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

The mixture is too liquid to be shaped into macaroons. The recipe would have to be really revised to make it work.

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Geraldine November 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

Woul love to hear your thoughts on using this as a macaroon cookie recipe.

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Stephanie November 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I wonder if this would be okay with Skim Milk I have everything else on hand and thought it might be nice for Thanksgiving in case we need more deserts.

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Renee November 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

I think using skim milk would be alright. If you have some half-and-half or cream then use it mixed with skim milk to make it more like whole milk.

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Debbie May 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Would you double or triple this recipe for a 13×9 pan?

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Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

I would try doubling it first. But I’ve never tried it so I can’t say for sure.

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Debbie July 4, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Hey Renee,
Just wanted you to know that I doubled it. It is sitting waiting to cool down enough for the fridge. It looks pretty and golden on the top!! Now, if I can keep hubby away from it, we will have it later!!!

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Renee July 5, 2014 at 6:49 am

Oh fantastic Debbie and I’m so glad doubling it worked for you. I’ll remember that when I need to make it for a lot of people.

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