Coconut Macaroon Pie
While visiting my sister Peg, this recipe of Mom’s turned up and was shared as a favorite. There is something about a good warm Macaroon, with that back taste of coconut, and the chewiness, that is very comforting…and in a pie “format”…a winner for sure…Enjoy!
1 unbaked pie shell (You can keep your life simple and get a prepared one, if you can stand it)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of sugar
Pinch of salt
1 stick of butter, softened
¼ cup flour
½ cup milk
1 cup of shredded coconut
Either by hand, or with a mixer, beat the two eggs and gradually beat in the sugar and the salt until well combined. Continue beating until the mixture is lemon colored and thick. Blend in the softened butter and the flour. Stir in the milk and add the coconut. Continue stirring to combine the mixture thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Bake the pie for about one hour, or, until the filling has set. Let the pie cool for about 1 hour before cutting.
I share a home with my Mom in Ormond Beach, Florida. Ormond Beach is on the East Coast of Florida, just slightly north of Daytona Beach, and it seems to be one of the last hold-outs against massive growth, gnarly traffic jams, and over-crowding. It not only has fairly easy access to the beaches and some of the prettiest natural back-country you’ll ever find; it also has some wonderful opportunities to explore the local shops and restaurants. One of these shops is called Granada Gourmet: a place for cooks…
A couple of Saturdays ago, we were expecting my Mom’s sister and her significant to come visit us from Cocoa Beach and to share a dinner with us. We had a lot of fun with the menu and it looked something like this:
- A wonderful fruit laced, crumbly, soft cheese, served with wheat flatbread crackers
- Sugared and spiced roasted almonds
- Cold Cantaloupe Soup with OJ flavored sour cream and fresh mint garnish (served with a chilled spoon…fun!)
- Sesame Sea Scallops with baby asparagus and matchstick carrots en papillote (steamed in a parchment pouch)
- Sourdough Artisanal Bread
- Rum Torte (the short name does not do justice to this beauty…Mom used to make it frequently when we were growing up, 6 thin cakes layered with a rum/coffee syrup and whipped heavy cream…one bite took me back immediately, and although it’s not the Mac & cheese variety of comfort food, if it takes you back, it qualifies! Recipe to be posted soon!)
Well, I had some running around to do to get ready for this meal: stop at the fish store for some scallops, pick up the bread at the bakery, etc. I also needed to find some of those faux grape leaves that would be perfect on the cheese board when we set out the appetizer course. That’s when I remembered that there was a gourmet shop that was over on the beach-side of the inter-coastal.
I walked into the Granada Gourmet and I was blown away with their selection, their service (wonderful, knowledgeable staff) and, not only did they have the faux grape leaves, they had them in about ten different styles: tropical, banana, fall leaves, etc.; an amazing selection. You would be hard-pressed not to be satisfied with their product offerings. Cookware and utensils, delectables, coffees and wines, cookbooks, bamboo, spices and oils, specialty items and gifts, and this exquisite collection of custom dichromatic fired glass dishes and serving platters created by a St. Augustine artist. This store is a real treat. I had to get back to the house to pouch the scallops, but not without first promising myself to return soon. You can find them at:
197 East Granada Blvd.
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
The manager’s name is Sue; they have a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/granadagourmet; and, they have a Cooking.com hosted website at www.granadagourmet.com. If you’re in the area, please do yourself a favor and visit these nice folks and their treasure of a cooking store