Coconut Cream Pie

Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these months you’d like… …a recipe?* Spring evening with my husband and dear friends. Narcissus blooming tall in the big clay pots. A space station sighting.** Coconut Cream Pie. Pretty perfect. Coconut Cream Pie (This recipe is a mash-up of the best ideas from several sources,…

Evolution of a Fresh Coconut Cake

There’s no recipe here today, just a record of the process and a public declaration: I’ll never grate a fresh coconut again. The first ingredient listed in the recipe for Fresh Coconut Cake from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book is (ta dah!) one coconut. Author Marion Cunningham instructs the cook to access the meat of…

Ring of Coconut Fudge Cake

Someone special had a birthday recently. Like every year, I asked him what kind of cake he’d like. Every year, he says he wants this one. This year, to my surprise, the onery cuss┬áhe said make anything chocolate, not specifying this cake. So of course I made this cake, like every year. Because it’s that…