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Recipes and Writing Prompts January 14, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Writing Prompts + — Christopher P. 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.


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.


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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