A special blend of unique tropical coconut flavor combined with smooth, creamy goodness, the coconut cream pie has a rich and tasty history. And for those who consider pie to be one of the most important food groups, this day falls in line and offers up yet another perfect reason to celebrate.
Join in on the delicious fun by paying honor to this elegant dessert on National Coconut Cream Pie Day!
History of National Coconut Cream Pie Day
Although the general idea of a cream pie may be able to trace its roots back to Europe, the Coconut Cream Pie may actually be an American invention. In the 1800s, as Americans were enjoying tropical fruits such as bananas and pineapple, coconuts also became more accessible in the United States. So when the process for shredding and drying the meat of the coconuts came about, it overcame some of the problems with trying to keep the fruit fresh during shipping.
Recipes for Coconut Cream Pie started showing up in American cookbooks in the early 1900s and they grew in popularity from there. The creamy filling, airy meringue and flaky crust all made the perfect complement to the deliciously tropical flavor of the coconut.
National Coconut Cream Pie Day is here to acknowledge and show respect for this pie that has been delighting dessert plates for more than 100 years. Celebrated annually, this day offers the ideal reason to enjoy and appreciate the coconut cream pie in all of its glory!
How to Celebrate National Coconut Cream Pie Day
Find all sorts of delightful ways to show appreciation for National Coconut Cream Pie Day, and get started with some of these ideas:
Enjoy a Slice of Coconut Cream Pie
Head on over to a restaurant or bakery that serves coconut cream pie and order up a slice in celebration of National Coconut Cream Pie Day! Make a date out of it by grabbing a pie-loving friend or family member and enjoying the pie together after a meal, or just with a delicious cup of coffee.
Learn How to Make Coconut Cream Pie at Home
Those who are looking for a little culinary adventure in the kitchen might want to consider baking in honor of National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Made traditionally, some recipes can be a bit fussy, but those who want to take a shortcut might choose to take advantage of convenient refrigerator pie crusts or a graham cracker pie crust. And while some recipes call for meringue, it’s just as tasty – and much simpler – to top the pie with whipped cream.
For the yummiest results, start by toasting the coconut in the oven before starting the rest. Most recipes call for a combination of eggs, cream, sugar, shredded coconut and a few other ingredients to create a custard on the stove, which will then be placed inside a baked pie shell. Chill the pie, top with whipped cream and coconut shavings. Enjoy alone or share with friends!