It all started with meringue. I had a test batch of honey meringue and I did not want to simply throw it away after I assessed its success (or not). So here I am, left with a the smallest batch possible of meringue (which is 1 quart- no less can be made while using a kitchen aid, trust me), not wanting to simply wash it away as it was still perfectly delicious. The only answer was use it to make a dessert for staff lunch. Contemplating the deli of fluffy pale yellow foam, I thought to myself, what goes great with honey meringue?
My first thought was cream pie, and my mind went right to coconut. So coconut cream pie and honey meringue it is. Pie is typically made with pie dough ( you have to make it, let it rest, roll it out, let it rest, bake it- all of which was too much work) or a graham cracker push crust (super easy and fast, my method of choice for this extra credit project). We do not have graham crackers or the store-bought crumb lying around the kitchen, so I decided to improvise: we have some extra streusel, why not grind it up and add butter just like the graham cracker crust concept? So I ground it up, added butter, and made a push crust.
Next was the coconut cream- a standard pastry cream made with half milk and half coconut milk, with toasted coconut flake added it. Pour this into the crust, and set in the refrigerator for 3 hours, top with that infamous meringue, and then, of course, torch the meringue with a flame gun (because of course, because of brulee).
Coconut Cream Pie with Oatmeal Streusel Crust and Honey Meringue