I have a lot of strawberry recipes on this blog. Not one hundred or anything, but comparatively, a lot. You wouldn’t know that up until I was about 23, I did not eat strawberries. Isn’t that crazy? I don’t know why I didn’t like them, but I wanted no part of them. Well, times have changed and they are one of my favorite things now. I wasted a lot of time not eating them. So sad. I was in my local grocery store not too long ago and found these amazing strawberries, in the middle of winter. What a treat. I brought them home and ate some of them and then I made up this yummy Strawberry Coconut Parfait dessert with the rest. This is so good that even my husband liked it!
When you make the pudding, take your time and be sure to stir constantly. The milk will burn if you don’t and no one wants burned milk. Also, don’t rush the cooking. Use medium heat so you don’t cook it too fast. I made this pudding up and then realized it is really similar to coconut cream pie, but not exactly.
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 cups whole milk, divided
- 2 egg yolks
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut
- 2 cups strawberries, washed and chopped
- whipped cream
- ¼ cup toasted coconut
- In a medium sauce pan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt.
- Add in ½ cup milk and mix it well.
- Beat egg yolks in a small bowl and add it to the sugar mixture. Mix well and be sure there are no lumps.
- Add in the rest of the milk and mix well.
- Heat the mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble and then heat for an additional 2-4 minutes, until the pudding thickens, making sure to stir constantly.
- Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is melted and mixed in.
- Add in the coconut and mix well.
- Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 4+ hours, until cool.
- In either individual dishes or one large dish, layer the strawberries and pudding for 2-3 layers of each.
- Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut.
I really love this dessert and if you read my St. Patrick’s Day Dinner post, the pudding in that post was this pudding, minus the strawberries and coconut, with a little green food coloring mixed in. If you need a fun dinner idea for St. Patrick’s Day, check out that post. You won’t be disappointed.
Is there any food that you really hated when you were a kid that you love now? Maybe you didn’t hate it, but you just wouldn’t eat it. Tell me the story in the comments below please. I really love it when there is some interaction on these posts.