How to make French Coconut Pie

Hello, culinary enthusiasts! It’s Julia here, welcoming you back to another delightful episode of Dinner with Julia. Today, we’re going to explore a recipe that marries the elegance of French patisserie with the exotic allure of the tropics – the French Coconut Pie. This dessert has been a staple in my kitchen ever since I first tried it in a charming patisserie in the heart of Paris. The creamy coconut filling encased in a buttery crust was a revelation, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

French Coconut Pie Recipe

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A close-up shot of my freshly baked French Coconut Pie, golden and perfectly set.

French Coconut Pie Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 2 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • 1 pan
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 pie dish
  • 1 oven


  • A cup of desiccated coconut
  • Half cup of water
  • A cup of self-rising flour
  • Half cup of butter
  • A tablespoon of milk
  • A teaspoon of baking powder
  • Two eggs
  • A cup of brown sugar


  • Take a pan.
  • Add the butter.
  • When it melts down, add the milk and flour.
  • Mix the ingredients to form a dough.
  • Switch off the stove once the dough is formed.
  • Add the mixture into a bowl.
  • Add the desiccated coconut into it.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and mix.
  • Mix all the ingredients and separate the dough in a pie dish.
  • Bake the mixture for forty five minutes.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword butter, coconut, flour

Making French Coconut Pie in an Air Fryer

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The creamy coconut filling in this French Coconut Pie is a tropical delight.
  • Preheat your best air fryer for family: Start by preheating your air fryer to 320°F (160°C). This ensures that your pie starts cooking immediately once it goes in and helps achieve that beautiful golden-brown color.
  • Prepare your pie: Prepare your pie as per the recipe. Make sure it fits comfortably in your air fryer.
  • Air fry: Place the pie in the air fryer basket. Cook for about 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as cooking times can vary depending on your specific air fryer model.
  • Check for doneness: Your pie is done when it’s golden and set, but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  • Serve: Allow it to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Tips for making French Coconut Pie

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Here’s a slice of the French Coconut Pie I made, served with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes

The French Coconut Pie recipe is more than just a dessert; it’s an experience. It’s a harmonious blend of textures and flavors – the crunch of the crust, the creaminess of the coconut filling, and the subtle sweetness that ties it all together. To me, it encapsulates the essence of French baking – sophisticated, yet comforting. Every time I bake this pie, I’m transported back to that quaint patisserie in Paris.

For those who are new to this dessert, let me paint a picture for you. A French Coconut Pie is a classic dessert that features a flaky pie crust filled with a rich, creamy coconut filling. It’s then baked to golden perfection and served warm or at room temperature.

But today, we’re not focusing on the recipe itself. Instead, we’ll delve into some cooking tips, serving suggestions, and answer some frequently asked questions. I’ll also share how to prepare this pie using different kitchen tools.

My Top Cooking Tips for the Perfect French Coconut Pie

Baking the perfect French Coconut Pie goes beyond just following the recipe. Here are my top tips to ensure your pie is a hit:

  • Quality of Coconut: The star of this dish is coconut. Always use fresh, unsweetened shredded coconut for the best flavor.
  • The Right Pie Crust: A buttery, flaky pie crust is key. You can make your own or use a good quality store-bought one.
  • Don’t Overbake: The pie should be golden and set, but still slightly jiggly in the center. It will continue to set as it cools.
  • Cool Completely: Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing. This ensures clean, neat slices.

Serving Suggestion – Adding a Personal Touch

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This image captures the moment I poured the coconut filling into the pie crust for my French Coconut Pie recipe

When it comes to serving your French Coconut Pie, you want to maintain its classic charm while adding a personal touch. I love serving my pie with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes. For a tropical twist, a scoop of mango sorbet pairs beautifully. And don’t forget a sprig of mint for that pop of color!

FAQs: Your Queries Answered

Over the years, I’ve received numerous questions about the French Coconut Pie recipe. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked ones:

  • Can I use other types of coconut? Yes, but unsweetened shredded coconut gives the best flavor and texture.
  • Can I make the pie crust ahead of time? Absolutely! You can prepare the crust ahead and even freeze it for later use.
  • How do I know when my pie is done? The pie is done when it’s golden and set, but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  • Can I make this pie dairy-free? Yes, you can substitute the dairy ingredients with their non-dairy counterparts.
  • Can I reheat my pie? Yes, but it’s best served at room temperature. If you need to reheat, do so gently in the oven.

So, there you have it – my personal journey with the delightful French Coconut Pie recipe. Baking it always brings back fond memories of Paris and adds a touch of elegance to any meal.

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