Venango County Recipe of the Day: Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie

| January 16, 2020

Serve this silk and smooth dessert for a mid-morning gathering!

Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie


1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold lard
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water


4 oz. German sweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 egg yolks
1 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans


~In a small bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in lard until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

~Preheat oven to 400°.

~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 rim of plate; flute edge. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.

~Bake 11-13 minutes (or until bottom is lightly browned). Remove foil and weights; bake 6-8 minutes longer (or until light brown). Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 350°.

~In a microwave, melt chocolates in a large bowl; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in milk, egg yolks, and vanilla; stir in pecans. Pour into crust. Bake 16-19 minutes or until set. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack.

~Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, cream, and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat.

~In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Cook 2-3 minutes (or until mixture thickens and a thermometer reads 160°), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and vanilla; cool 10 minutes.

~Pour over filling; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate 4 hours.

~Makes eight servings.

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