I almost had to call the Fire Department and the ambulance the other day when I was making rum sauce for this coconut pie! The last time I made rum sauce was about a year ago. I remembered to turn the stove eye off before I added the rum but totally forgot to stir the rum in before I ignited it!! Well the flames actually went two and a half feet high! Good thing I jumped back or I would have been burnt to a crisp!
Coconut Egg Custard Pie with Jamaican Rum Sauce and Whipped Cream
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 and 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1 Tablespoon Jamaican vanilla
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
2 cups loosely packed shredded coconut
Garnish: whipped cream and toasted coconut
In a large mixing bowl mix flour and sugar together. Add milk, whipping cream, eggs and vanilla. Mix with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape bottom of bowl with a spatula to make sure no pockets of flour are left. Add coconut and mix one more minute.
Spray a glass pie pan with non-stick spray. Bake on 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. The center 2 inches will still jiggle when gently shaken. The pie will set up as it cools. Cool pie completely. Serve sliced pie at room temperature with Jamaican Rum Sauce (recipe follows). Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut.
Jamaican Rum Sauce
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark Jamaican rum (I used Myers rum)
1/3 cup water
This recipe requires your undivided attention for about 10 minutes! You basically have to stir the mixture the whole time or it will burn. In a medium skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. At this point the mixture should be bubbling vigorously. After the sugar is no longer grainy keep stirring for one more minute to caramelize the flavor. The mixture will be thick and bubbly.
Turn off heat, move skillet to another stove eye. Add rum and stir into the brown sugar mixture so the flames won’t go 2 feet high! Ignite rum. (I use a stick lighter so I don’t get burnt) When you ignite the rum- back up! You never know how high the flames will go!! When the flames die down- turn the stove eye on medium and add 1/3 cup water. If the mixture “seizes” (goes solid… don’t worry) continue to stir and bubble for 2 to 3 minutes and it will unsieze. The mixture will eventually get thin like pancake syrup. If you want the sauce to be clear- strain it. Spoon sauce around each slice of pie then garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut. Enjoy friends!
Published in The News and Neighbor on July 19, 2014