Easy, creamy and delicious, this pudding is coconut cream pie without the pie part. Will make 4 large or 6 smaller ramekins, or just place into one large bowl and spoon it out.
14ozfull-fat coconut milknot light or fat-reduced (400ml)
1 1/4cupswhole milk (3.5%) or half and half cream (10%)or half of each
1/4cupsweetened shredded coconut
For topping to serve (optional):
Toasted Coconut *see Notes
Combine the coconut milk, milk or half and half, eggs, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk until smooth. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring regularly to start, then constantly once it starts to steam. This will take about 10-15 minutes, so be patient.
Once mixture noticeably thickens and a bubble breaks the surface (at about 205F, if you have a thermometer), it’s done. Remove from heat. Whisk well to remove any lumps or if still a little lumpy, you can pour and press through a fine sieve into a bowl or use an immersion blender before adding the coconut and vanilla. Remove from the heat and add the 1/4 cup processed coconut and the vanilla. Pour into individual ramekins or one large bowl.
If you don't want a skin on your pudding, cover with plastic wrap so the plastic wrap rests right on top of the pudding. Leave uncovered in the refrigerator if you want a skin. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, but better after 3-4 hours of refrigeration. The pudding will thicken further as it refrigerates.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted coconut.
How to toast coconut: Add coconut to a dry, non-stick skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the coconut turns evenly golden. Remove immediately to a plate to allow it to cool without cooking further. You can toast the coconut ahead and keep ii in an airtight container at room temperature, to use as and when needed.Be sure to read the Ingredient and Cook's Notes above the Recipe Card for more tips on making this recipe. You will also find Step-by-Step Photos there, as well.Nutritional information reflects making the pudding with whole milk.