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A Writing Teacher Writes (plus some writing prompts and recipes)

Recipes and Writing Prompts January 14, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Writing Prompts + — Christopher DeLorenzo @ 2:33 pm

I’m here in Puerto Vallarta with eleven wonderful writing retreat participants. We’ve been writing on this rooftop terrace:

We’ve also been falling in love with lots of dogs, eating artisan chocolate-covered bananas, and gathering recipes from the cook at our house, Ana.

I thought it was only fair that I should share the group’s overall favorite Ana recipe so far: Coco Pie (Coconut Pie, in English).

And since this is blog is dedicated to writing and writing prompts, and I’m officially reporting from a writing retreat in Mexico, it seems important that I include writing prompts as well.

Here are a few that worked well for us this week; Ana’s pie recipe follows the prompts.

Prompts:

Traveling solo

He’s/She’s a good little traveler

She/He doesn’t travel well

Generally awesome

Ana’s Coco Pie:

For the crust:

One package Maria’s Gamesa butter wafers, pulsed in a food processor or blender until they are fine crumbs

In a bowl, combine the crumbs with one stick butter (1/2 cup) melted

Add 1 oz +  hot water, as needed, until the consistency is smooth and easy to press into a a pie pan

Bake at 250 F for 15 minutes

For the filling:

Grate one small, fresh coconut, using the large size on the grater

Cover the freshly baked crust with a layer of the fresh coconut

In a blender or a standing mixer, combine one 12 oz can of evaporated milk, one 12 oz can condensed milk, 4 eggs, and one stick (1/2 cup) melted butter

Pour mixture over coconut and bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, checking to make sure the crust doesn’t burn.

Refrigerate for at least four hours.

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One Response to “Recipes and Writing Prompts”

  1. […] Erick some of Ana’s chicken tinga enchiladas, mashed beans, and for dessert, a slice of coco pie: a coconut custard pie set in a buttery crust of Maria’s Gamesa, which are thin, Mexican butter […]


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