Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday is PIE DAY!

This week's pie was inspired by 3 things.  First of all, I had about a cup of dates left over from last week's baking.  Not that I can't eat a date all on it's lonesome, but they just seemed to be whispering their desire to make it into a pie.  Secondly, I recalled a date and orange pie recipe that I had seen in a church cookbook. My recollection was of this pie being a custard like filling, and I wanted to switch that up a bit, and add some coconut (is it coconut or cocoa-nut?). My third inspiration was a method used in the mini cakes that I made last week.  I liked the idea of mixing the egg yolks in with the main stuff, then beating the egg whites and folding them into the filling.  This creates a sponge-y, or cloud-like, layer on top of the pie.

Date Coconut Cloud Pie

1 9 inch pie crust
1/2 c butter
1/ 1/4 c sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 c chopped dates
1 c coconut
1 T orange zest
2 T orange juice concentrate

-cream butter and sugar
-add egg yolks and blend thoroughly
-stir in dates, coconut and orange
-beat egg whites in separate bowl until stiff peaks form
-fold egg whites into date mixture
-pour into prepared pie shell
-bake at 300 degrees for 50-55 minutes
I LOVE it when a pie surprises me, and this one certainly has.  Honestly, I wasn't sure if this one would pan out.  It seemed like it might be a pie that was good enough, but nothing great.  Wrong.  I love this pie.
Make one for your mother this weekend, and she'll know that you love her.


  1. I'm not big on dates, but that blue Ball jar? LOVE IT. Gorgeous.

    Have a great weekend! Happy birthday AND happy Mother's Day!

  2. Marisa-I obsessively transfer most of my pantry goods to blue ball jars. It makes everything so pretty:)

    Thanks for the wishes!