Tequila-Lime Coconut Macaroon Bars I made back at the beginning of the summer.
I came across this Cooking Light recipe when I was looking for a "not completely over the top" - aka not a 1,000 calorie a serving dessert for an in-home date night (I've found we now have more of these since the Baby entered our lives).
This recipe is not one to choose if you are in a hurry. There's a process with this - necessary to create all the flavor of a full fat/calorie version but at a 200 calorie per serving reduction.
It was definitely worth the extra time put into this. If I tasted this pie at a restaurant or diner, I would never guess this was a "light" version. The Husband and I loved it - and I must admit, it didn't last long in our house!
A few notes:
- I used a frozen pie crust instead of refrigerated pie dough. This eliminated steps 1 and 2 - I just prepared the crust per the directions on the package.
- I realized after the fact that I accidently used 3 egg yolks instead of the 4 the recipes calls for. It worked just fine with only 3.
- Though it says to chill for at least 3 hours, we found that it was significantly better the next day after having the night to firm up
Coconut Cream Pie (Lightened Version)
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup half-and-half
1 1/2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut, toasted
Preheat oven to 425°.
Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Fold edges under; flute. Line dough with foil; arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes; remove weights and foil, and bake an additional 10 minutes or until golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Combine milk and half-and-half in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 1/2 cups coconut. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; stir seeds and pod into milk mixture. Bring milk mixture to a simmer; immediately remove from heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl. Gather edges of cheesecloth; squeeze over bowl to release moisture. Discard solids.
Combine 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Gradually add milk mixture to egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly. Return milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter; whisk until smooth. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 6 minutes, stirring to cool. Pour into prepared crust. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
Place 3 egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 250°. Pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed until thick. Spread meringue over pie. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Top with toasted coconut before serving.