Mr. Food: Coconut Cream Pie

Mr. Food's salute to America is sadly coming to an end, but the gourmet guru is ending on a very delicious note.

Our president’s week celebration wasn’t long enough to cover the favorite foods of all 43 of them, but they all had certain foods that offered them comfort.

JFL loved cinnamon toast with a glass of milk. Ronald Reagan had his jelly beans, and to bring us up to date, George W. Bush has a penchant for coconut cream pie, maybe one like this easy one.

Using any brands we’d like, in a saucepan we whisk together 2 cups milk, 3 eggs, 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, 1/2 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons flour, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Let it cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until it thickens. Pour it into a thawed, 9-inch, frozen, ready-to-bake pie shell that we’ve baked according to the package directions, and into the fridge it goes to chill for about 4 hours until it sets.

Now, right before serving, we spread 2 cups whipped cream over it and we are ready! According to the White House, President Bush just might have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before he digs into a slice of this rich, satisfying, creamy smooth pie.

And if you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "coconut cream pie," to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or look for it online for a luscious easy-as-pie way to round out almost any meal and to round out our week-long celebration of our country, our leaders and a lot of all-American ways to say, "ooh it's so good!!®"