Martha Stewart’s tip: To toast the coconut, spread it on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes.
1 recipe Basic Pie Crust, rolled & fitted onto a 9″ pie plate
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup whole milk
14 oz can coconut milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1. Heat oven to 400. Press a sheet of foil onto crust, draping over rim of pie plate. To blind-bake: Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until crust is lightly browned, about 45 minutes. Remove beans and foil; let crust cool completely, and set aside.
2. While crust is baking, place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan (off heat), whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in whole milk, making sure to dissolve cornstarch. Whisk in coconut milk and egg yolks.
3. Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; immediately pour custard through sieve into bowl.
4. Pour custard from bowl into cooled crust; smoot top with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours (or loosely covered, up to 1 day). To serve, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, then sprinkle with coconut.