Something to savor: French coconut pie with buttery filling

May 27, 1998|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Mildred Haymen of St. Augustine, Fla., had a short and sweet request: "I would love to have a recipe for French coconut pie. I can't find one anywhere."

Susan Maricle of Baltimore came through for her with this recipe.

French Coconut Pie

Serves 8

3 beaten eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine (not light margarine)

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cider or white vinegar

1 cup flaked coconut

1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except coconut and pie shell. Beat together until well mixed and add coconut. Pour into pie shell and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 40 minutes or until filling is set.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The batter was a little too much to fit in a regular 9-inch pie shell, so I withheld about 3 tablespoons of the filling. This pie resembles a classic chess pie, with a golden brown top and a firm and buttery custard filling."

Recipe requests

Linda L. Hayes of Waverly, Iowa, would like to have a recipe for pecan pralines. The recipe came in a bag of Gold Medal or Pillsbury flour sometime between 1955 and 1961.

Pam Jekel of Woodbine writes: "I hope you can get the recipe for one of the most delicious Chinese dishes my family and I have ever enjoyed. There is a little Chinese restaurant in Columbia called Wok 175. They have a dish called General Tsao's orange beef, which can be spicy or not spicy; we choose the nonspicy. The beef is thin and crispy and it is wonderful. Can you get this recipe?"

E. A. Ling of Johnstown, Pa., is looking for a recipe for cream puff coffeecake.

Connie Morgan-Gilroy of Lutherville wants an alpine steak recipe that her mother first used more than 40 years ago. "It was a basic meat loaf but before baking, chopped sweet pickles were folded into the meat mixture. I have tried to make it from memory but I was only 13 when my mom passed away and I can't get it just right. Thank you in advance."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. If you send in more than one recipe, put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes.

Pub Date: 5/27/98

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