Thursday 6 May 2010

Magic Pie

I was once told by my ex husband that I had a lazy streak down my back a mile long . . . Here's what I have to say about that!!! PFFTTT!!!

Having said that though, I am not adverse to taking short cuts if I can find one that is suitable and has no adverse affects on the results of what I am trying to achieve! (if that makes sense!)

ie . . . if I can do something with less steps and have it turn out fabulously tasty, then I am all for it . . . but then again, I am no stranger to hard work.

His loss is Todd's gain, especially when you are talking about a deliciously easy dessert such as this *Magic* Pie!!

It could not be more magical if you threw all the ingredients into a top hat and waved a magic wand over top! Yes . . . you do have to do a bit more than wave a wand over top . . .

but not much more, I promise you.

And the end result is truly magic . . . in every way. A totally tasty custard tart, filled with buttery almonds, and coconut, that creates it's own crust as it bakes.

What could be easier or tastier??? If this is what having a lazy streak down your back a mile long gets you . . . well, then . . . I'm all for it!!

*Magic Pie*
Serves 8
Printable Recipe

So called because just like *magic*, presto chango, a pile of ingredients separates into three perfect layers! Delicious coconut custard pie that is fabulous served with cream or fruit, or both! I have included converted American measurements as best as I can.

75g plain flour, sifted (1/2 cup plus one scant TBS)
220g caster sugar (1 cup plus 1 TBS plus 1 tsp)
60g dessicated coconut (1/2 cup, slightly heaped)
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g of butter, melted (1/2 cup plus 2 tsp)
40g of flaked almonds, divided (scant 1/2 cup)
500ml of whole milk (2 cups)

To serve:
Fresh or tinned fruit and or cream

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/Gas mark 4. Butter a deep 9 1/2 inch pie or flan dish well and set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugar, coconut, eggs, extract, butter and half of the nuts together in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk, stirring until completely amalgamated. Pour into the prepared dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining flaked almonds on top. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool.

Serve cut into wedges along with some cream or fruit, if desired.


  1. Wow. That looks really good to me. We love coconut and almonds. This is the perfect cake recipe for some quick Sunday morning baking. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yum! We call this 'Impossible Pie" but I haven't seen it with the almonds before! That makes it Magic!

  3. I love that! Might try it very soon!

  4. Oh, my! What are you trying to do to me, Marie?!?!? This looks so decadently fabulous!!! I'm all for a few short cuts now and then...and I certainly would NOT call you lazy, my dear friend! As you said...Todd is definitely the winner here!

    Hope you're having a lovely night---just about to call it a day! Much love sent to you over the vast ocean...hope it's a beautiful spring day for you today!

  5. Deliciosa tarta, se ve realmente buena. Un saludo

  6. Yum-o!!!! Its not lazy its magic - you're ex husband needs to learn that lesson! I've got a savory recipe called Impossible Pie that makes its own base as it cooks too. I like it when magic takes place in the kitchen like that ;0)

  7. Magic pie looks amazing - yum!

  8. Looks Yamie... thanks for sharing this delicious cake recipe :o)

  9. I have not heard of magic before - it looks delish. You are right - Todd is very lucky!

  10. HMMMMPH! He must know my ex! And I'm sure the 2 of them are not eating as well as Todd and Ray right now! This looks luscious- Allie will want to try this one
    xoxo Pattie

  11. I used to make something very similar for my family when I was in high school, only it was called Impossible Pie! Not because it was impossibly hard, but because it was impossible to believe how EASY it came together. I haven't thought of that pie in AGES, so thank you for the memory as well as this delicious recipe!
    xx P&H

  12. ooooooooooo Mamma Mia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am sooooooooooooooo GOING TO MAKE THIS TODAY !

  13. Ohhh Marie! That looks so good, bookmarking!

  14. Wow I only discovered your blog this evening, and I've literally spent about an hour on it looking at all the recipes! They look amaazing and I can't wait to make some of them... I just don't know what to make first though :( it might have to be the crumbly blueberry cake thing, or the jam doughnut muffins :) xxx

  15. Wonderful - am eating it as I type. DH gives it a thumbs up! Thank you for the recipe and for the American measurements.

  16. This looks so delicious. I am seriously salivating at the pictures. I must make this recipe!

  17. Where do you come up with these wonderful ideas? If you're lazy, then I want to be lazy too since it clearly leads to a burst of creativity. I love this recipe (and hip-hip-hurrah for your response to your ex-husband's comment). I'm going to try this with fresh blueberries, which are in season where I live. Many thanks for sharing.

  18. This looks lovely--and you can't beat an throw-together dessert recipe! Anything with coconut is right up my alley! Thanks!

  19. I love this pie, but have always made a lemon or pineapple one, the almonds will be a lovely change.

  20. Great minds think alike, I was thinking of making this but come into 'Desserts' to see if I could be tempted by something else, but 1st one on the list was this.... my recipe doesn't have almonds so will try your version, this and your carrot cake should impress my lot today! Although passing it off as my own just doesn't work anymore, if they love it one of them pipes up, is this Marie's??? Darn! lol


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