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My Better Half Pie

The Pie of Emeril's Eye Contest Finalist

GMA Recipes Dessert
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

This pie from Nani Bertola of Salt Lake City, Utah was a finalist in Emeril Lagasse's pie contest.


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 3 tbsp. powdered cocoa
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. half and half
  • 1 pie crust (8 inch)
  • 1/2 cup Macadamia nuts, chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Layer bottom of pie crust with chopped Macadamia nuts and bake.

    In medium saucepan, stir together 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, and 3 cups half and half; blend in eggs. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils; boil and stir 1 minute.

    Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Pour 1 1/2 cups cream filling into a small bowl. Stir in 1/2-cup coconut.

    Pour coconut filling into baked pie crust.

    Stir together cocoa, 3 tbsp. sugar ad 2 tbsp. half-and-half; blend into remaining filling in saucepan. return to heat; heat to just boiling, stirring constantly.

    Remove from heat; cool slightly. Pour over coconut filling.

    Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with toasted flaked coconut and chocolate curls. Enjoy!

    Recipe copyright ©2000 by Emeril Lagasse

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: coconut, cocoa, macadamia nuts

    Course: Dessert

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