Ube Coconut Pecan Pie

November 21, 2022
2 Ratings
Photo by Kevo Rivera
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Ube, a purple yam used frequently in Filipinx sweet treats, has subdued flavors of vanilla and coconut. This pie is like the Filipinx version of a sweet potato casserole. The recipe uses dehydrated ube powder and concentrated ube flavoring, which also helps bring out the purple color; these ingredients are available in online stores. Ube forms a lovely custardy base for a toasted pecan crumble. Coconut cream in the filling and sweetened coconut flakes in the crumble helps bring out some of nutty base notes. Secondarily, they may also transport you straight from your Thanksgiving table to the beaches of the Philippines’ 7600 tropical islands. —Kevo Rivera

What You'll Need
  • Graham cracker crust and coconut pecan crumble
  • 5 ounces graham crackers, pulsed in food processor into fine crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 9 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • coarse kosher salt
  • Ube filling
  • 1 5-oz pack dehydrated ube powder, reconstituted in water per package directions
  • ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cups coconut cream
  • ½ teaspoons ube flavoring
  • coarse kosher salt
  1. Graham cracker crust and coconut pecan crumble
  2. Make the crust: in a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and ½ tsp salt. Stir in 4 tbsp butter. Press mixture evenly along bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Set aside.
  3. Make the crumble: in a large bowl, mix brown sugar, 5 tbsp butter, ¼ tsp salt, flour, pecans, and coconut flakes. Set aside.
  1. Ube filling
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a blender, add half of the ube (refrigerate and save the rest for another use), granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Blend until smooth. Add eggs, 5 tbsp melted butter, coconut cream, ube flavoring, and ½ tsp salt. Blend again until just combined.
  3. Pour ube filling into prepared pie pan lined with graham cracker crust. Gently, spread crumble evenly over the surface of the filling. Bake for 30-35 minutes until just set in the center. Allow to cool and then refrigerate. Serve chilled.

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JRivera32 November 23, 2022
make it. eat it. call home to talk about it. have your loved ones rinse and repeat.