Wednesday, November 23, 2011


This is a wonderful "last minute dessert" that uses every day pantry items and holds up very well in the fridge for a couple of days, if need be. The wonderfully sweet, rich (but mellow) coconut flavor comes from adding the coconut during the first stages of cooking this pudding.  Even Picky-picky hubby loves this dessert !!

4 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk ( 2% is ok)
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
2 egg YOLKS (just the yolks)
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, salt , coconut and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture gets THICK and bubbly. Turn heat down a little (to medium simmer) and cook (and stir) for 2 minutes. In the meantime, put the 2 egg yolks (yolks only) in a small bowl and set aside.

Remove pan from heat  (but leave the burner on) and temper the egg yolks.  To do this, slowly dribble about a cup of the hot mixture (while you whisk like crazy) into 2 beaten egg yolks.  Once you've whisked in about a cup of the hot mixture, put it all back into the saucepan, stir well and put back on the heat and cook for one more minute.

Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and stir well.

Pour into dessert dishes (or serve family style in a larger dessert bowl). Chill for a couple of hours, (I like to eat it warm).  Either way, top it with sweetened whipped cream and toasted coconut.

NOTE: Toast the coconut in a dry saute pan, over medium heat until it is golden brown (when it cools it will  be a little crunchy and almost taste like coconut candy). Watch it very carefully, the coconut burns easily!!

NOTE:  This recipe doubles well.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Bob loves Coconut cream pie so I know he would like this pudding. It sounds fantastic. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

charlotte mgcc said...

there is only one thing better than a home cooked meal and that is when someone else cooks it for you :)
I sure would love to be sitting around the table with the wonderful things that come out of your kitchen!

Betty said...

Yummy..anything coconut gets my attention and homemade puddings are always more tasty!

Julie said...'s like pie without the crust. Sounds delish :)

Nancy said...

I was busy cooking Wednesday I didn't see this post. I just found it and am starting on it right now!

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

This is very similar to my coconut cream pie recipe, but to add even more coconut flavor I substitute the vanilla extract with coconut extract--delicious!

Teresa said...

Oh, I LOVE coconut pudding!! Can't wait to try this!