The Pecan Turtle Cheesecake doesn’t compare to this decadent pie! Lori took one bite and her eyes lit up. I think her words where something like: “holy smokes, this is by far the best desert that you’ve made yet.” I think she shook the spoon at me and raised an eyebrow. I have to admit that it’s funny thinking of Lori this way.
But wow! Every bite melts in your mouth and what’s left over is a soft chew of coconut flakes that have been moistened by the fresh coconut milk.
Oh, the fresh coconut milk. I swear that my first experiencing with coconut milk left a sour taste in my mouth. Thinking about it now, I’ll bet that it was literally soured. Yuk. I can remember dumping it out and then trying the meat of the nut. Double yuk.
Yet, here we are today and I’m buying Young Thai Coconuts from WholeFoods for 3 bucks a piece. That soured taste has worn off and I’m a bit more discerning regarding what nut I bring home.
I have to admit that the most exciting part of making the desert is the opening of the coconut. It’s like chopping wood on the kitchen counter. Lord knows I’ve chopped enough fir, maple and alder, now I’m hacking at palm seeds!
It’s actually pretty easy to open these things. I’m not sure where I saw someone open one of these a number of months back, but they just hacked around the nut (just like shown in the picture) until the top popped off. I’ve been doing this for a while now and I can attest to the fact that it’s easy. The only real guidance I’d provide is to really use the heel of the knife, again, like shown in the picture.
Better yet, I’ve found a short video that really sums up the process. And, it looks even easier than what I first learned.
I love how easy they’ve made this look. Next time, I’m definitely going to shave the top and give it one simple chop with the chief knife.
I wish I could invite you all over for a early birthday party and we’d celebrate with this coconut cream pie.
I’m going to keep looking through that book until I find another recipe that’s even better. I’ll let you know if I find something. If you already know what I should make, I’d love to hear from you.
Meanwhile, it’s back to relaxing. It’s been another long day and all I really want to do it turn a few word filled pages until I pass out.