Coconut Meringue Cake

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Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of milk
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 425°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate.

Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond the rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil.

Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.

Bake on a lower oven rack 20-25 minutes or until edges is golden brown.

Remove foil and weights; bake 3-6 minutes longer or until the bottom is golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 350°.

In a small heavy saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt.

Whisk in milk.

Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, whisking constantly.

Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Gently stir in chopped coconut, butter and vanilla until butter is melted.

For meringue, in a small bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar on medium speed until foamy.

Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved.

Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form.

Transfer hot filling to crust. Spread meringue evenly over filling, sealing to edge of crust.

Sprinkle with flaked coconut. Bake 12-15 minutes or until the meringue is golden.

Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Yield: 8 servings.

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.

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