By Kay Robertson With Chrys Howard
Do you find yourself drooling over some of the dishes featured on Duck Dynasty? Here some of the Robertson family's favorite recipes, featured in Kay Robertson's new cookbook, "Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen," available November 5, 2013 wherever books are sold, including the A&E store. Excerpts used by permission of Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Makes 2 (9-inch) pies * Double boiler * Electric mixer
- Pie Filling
- 2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk (I use Pet)
- 1 cup regular milk
- 6 large egg yolks, lightly beaten (save the whites for the meringue)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 package (14 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 (9-inch) piecrusts, homemade or store bought, baked as directed
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Make the pie filling. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt the butter. Beat in the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the milks and stir continuously until the mixture thickens. This may take up to 30 minutes.
- Once it's thickened, stir a little into the egg yolks. This will temper the yolks and keep them from cooking too fast. Stir the tempered egg yolks into the mixture in the double boiler and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
- Remove the top from the double boiler. Stir the vanilla and all but 1 cup of the coconut into the filling. Pour the filling into the piecrusts.
- Make the meringue: Heat the broiler. With the mixture, beat the egg whites on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes, until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, then beat in the vanilla. (By now, the peaks should be able to stand and bend over as you remove the beaters.) Spread the meringue over the pie filling.
- Put the pies under the broiler to brown the meringue. (Watch carefully, as this will only take about 30 seconds.) Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup of coconut on top. Chill the pies thoroughly before serving.
A Note from Alan
I have to admit that I have a sweet tooth, which means I'm constantly on a diet. But I can't resist Mom's coconut cream pie. It's so creamy and delicious. I know you'll love it, too.