The Slowcook at Spydog Farm The Slowcook at Spydog Farm

Coconut Cream Pie

September 16th, 2014 by Ed Bruske


My lovely spouse made this incredible pie the other day. I wasn’t able to link to the recipe on Facebook, so my wife transcribed it in it’s entirety from Cook’s Illustrate. Here it is:


Light coconut milk lacks rich coconut flavor, so skip it in favor of regular coconut milk.


6ounces animal crackers
2tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1tablespoon granulated sugar
4tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1(13 1/2-ounce) can coconut milk
1cup whole milk
1/2cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2cup granulated sugar
1tablespoon granulated sugar
3/8teaspoon table salt
5large egg yolks
1/4cup cornstarch
2tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces
1teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped Cream and Garnish
1 1/2cups heavy cream (cold)
2tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2teaspoon vanilla extract
1tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted in a small dry skillet until golden brown

1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. In food processor, pulse animal crackers, coconut, and sugar to fine crumbs, eighteen to twenty 1-second pulses; then process until powdery, about 5 seconds. Transfer crumbs to medium bowl and add butter; stir to combine until crumbs are evenly moistened. Empty crumbs into 9-inch glass pie plate; using bottom of ramekin or 1/2 cup dry measuring cup, press crumbs evenly into bottom and up sides of pie plate. Bake until fragrant and medium brown, about 15 minutes, rotating pie shell halfway through baking time. Set on wire rack and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

2. For the filling: Bring coconut milk, whole milk, shredded coconut, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt to simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that sugar dissolves. Following illustrations 1 through 6, whisk yolks, cornstarch, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Whisking constantly, gradually ladle about 1 cup hot milk mixture over yolk mixture; whisk well to combine. Whisking constantly, gradually add remaining milk mixture to yolk mixture in 3 or 4 additions; whisk well to combine. Return mixture to saucepan and cook until thickened and mixture reaches boil, whisking constantly, about 1 minute; filling must boil in order to fully thicken. (To determine whether filling has reached boil, stop whisking; large bubbles should quickly burst on surface.) Off heat, whisk in butter and vanilla until butter is fully incorporated. Pour hot filling into cooled pie shell and smooth surface with rubber spatula; press plastic wrap directly against surface of filling and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 12 hours.

3. For the whipped cream: Just before serving, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until soft peaks form, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Top pie with whipped cream and then sprinkle with coconut. Cut pie into wedges and serve.

Bon appetit!

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Are We There Yet?

September 11th, 2014 by Ed Bruske


We’ve almost completed our second full rotation around the farm with our mowing crew. We have about 12 acres of clear pasture and each day our band of happy mowers–10 ewes, one boy goat, and one pregnant Jersey heifer–move to a fresh paddock measuring 6,400 square feet behind temporary electric fencing.

Despite milkweed, golden rod and innumerable other invasive species, our pastures are looking pretty decent. The animals appear to be in good trim and excellent spirits as the first hints of an approaching winter make themselves felt in the chill of morning.

Meanwhile, we have two rams stationed apart from the girls in pasture behind the walk-in shelter. The female goats–Dolly and Tanner–also have been on a more long-term assignment, grazing odd patches here and there.

The poultry business is still going strong. We move three chicken tractors every day with 50 more Freedom Ranger chicks in the basement waiting their turn. The laying hens stationed in the fruit orchard continue producing eggs, and we will soon be making nesting boxes for the new flock of Americaunas living behind netting closer to the house.

There’s plenty to do every day, and now it’s time to make sure we have enough firewood stacked and kindling chopped.

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