Your donation supports our high-quality, inspiring and commercial-free programming.
Support Icon
Discover all the ways you can make a difference.
Support Icon
The Leadership, Advancement, Membership and Special Events teams are here to help.

Recipe: Bullock's Coconut Cream Pie

Support Provided By
Photo courtesy Valerie Confections, where the pie can be purchased today

The legendary tea room at Bullock's on Wilshire was, for about half a century, the spot to be among ladies who lunched, both famous and non-famous varieties. The menu was largely made up of lighter items, except when it came to desserts. This coconut cream pie was the highlight (perhaps second only to the now-unappealing-sounding chicken salad with strawberry dressing), and the recipe has been saved by local baker Valerie Gordon. Order one from her bakery, or create your own Coconut Cream Pie at home -- we're thinking this is perfect for New Year's Eve.

Bullock's Coconut Cream Pie
Makes 12 servings
Adapted by Valerie Gordon

For the crust:

  • 1¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons (1/3 cup, 2.66 ounces) cup chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3 tablespoons cream of coconut

For the topping:

  • 2 cups cream
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place coconut on baking sheet and toast until light brown, about 7 minutes.

Make the crust: Sift flour, sugar and salt together. Using a food processor or pastry cutter, blend butter and shortening into the flour mixture until pea-sized pieces form. Slowly add the water until the dough just comes together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll out chilled dough on a floured surface until it is large enough to create a 1-inch overhang on a 10-inch pie pan. Using a fork, poke several holes along the base of the crust. Finish the rim of the crust to your liking. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Make the filling: Pour evaporated milk, cream and sugar into a saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Using a whisk attachment on an electric mixer, beat egg yolks until they appear pale and fluffy. Add cornstarch and butter; continue beating until they are fully incorporated. Add vanilla, coconut extract and cream of coconut. Set the mixer on a low speed and slowly add the warm cream mixture to the egg mixture. Pour the filling back into the saucepan and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour coconut filling into the baked pie shell and bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the pie to cool completely.

Make the topping: Whip cream, sugar and vanilla to stiff peaks.

To finish: Place a large mountain of whipped cream in the center of the pie and, using a small offset spatula, create a dome shape. Sprinkle the entire dome with toasted coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Support Provided By
Read More
Chef Roy Choi is wearing a black beanie and a navy blue Yankees baseball jersey. He's standing over an open-flame grill, flipping a chunk of barbecued meat with a pair of tongs. Behind are a group of people smiling and laughing with one another. The sun sets beyond.

Join Roy Choi at the 'Broken Bread' Season 2 Virtual Premiere Party

Explore the power of food with Roy Choi and special guests Chef Alice Waters and Chef Wolfgang Puck for the "Broken Bread" Season 2 premiere party this Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. PT.
Ediza Lake at Mammoth Lakes is a beautiful clear blue waterscape with snowy mountains.

Six Epic SoCal Hikes for Extended Adventures

You don’t have to be a long-distance hiker to enjoy SoCal’s best hiking opportunities. But if you’re ready to go the distance, these six trails are waiting for you whether you've got just a couple of hours at a time or months to devote to the most epic trek of your life.
Steamed seafood with Korean chili sauce at Haenyeo in Brooklyn, NY for The Migrant Kitchen S4E5

'The Migrant Kitchen' Season 4 Episode Guide

The fourth season of "The Migrant Kitchen" takes viewers into kitchens across the country, from Houston to Puerto Rico, meeting the people who are transforming the culinary landscape with their unique and rich traditions. Get a sneak peek of this season's line up.