Day 299: Cynthia

30 Jan

Today we woke up in Barra de Navidad which is a lovely town in the state of Jalisco.  My husband did some research online and found a studio apartment for us to rent which would enable me to make pies while we are on vacation.  Until I find an oven that is available these pies will not be baked but rather “cooked.”

For my first pie in Mexico I chose to make a simple custard pie with shredded coconut.  To begin, we headed to a little store (tienda) and purchased butter, eggs, cream, flour, and vanilla (mantequilla, juevos, crema, harina, y vanilla).  I had brought with me crushed graham cracker crumbs for the crust and shredded coconut for the filling.

We were in a hurry to catch a bus so I asked my husband to assemble the crust.  He did this by using a small saute pan to melt the butter and then he added the graham cracker crumbs and toasted them lightly.  Once that was done, he pressed the crumbs into a pie tin and put it in the fridge to set.

Meanwhile I made coconut custard on the two burner stove that we are lucky to have available.  In mere moments it was thickened and smelled heavenly.  I poured the warm custard into the crust and covered it with plastic (to prevent a skin from forming) and then put it into the fridge.  But before I did that, we snapped a few photos.

Coconut Custard Pie and ingredients

Pie with a View

The View

The finished Pie topped with Toasted Coconut

After a day trip to La Manzanilla (where we saw crocodiles!) and a bus ride home that included a man serenading the passengers with songs like “Besa Me Mucho” we came back to our apartment to find the pie had set up nicely.  I toasted some coconut to decorate the top and brought the pie to Cynthia, the woman who oversees this apartment for the owner.  I tried to explain the pie project to her family in my best Spanish and I think they understood the message – it’s all about showing gratitude.

Jose, Cynthia, and Patty

Hasta manana….

6 Responses to “Day 299: Cynthia”

  1. Summer Pilar January 31, 2012 at 8:25 AM #

    Oh! That’s so nice 🙂 and your Spanish has improved a lot 🙂 When are you gonna send a pie to e-conomic Denmark???

    • Summer Pilar January 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM #

      Oh a lactose free pie, please!

      • pieadaygiveaway January 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM #

        Pilar, Does that mean I can’t use butter in the crust? only shortening? I will get to work on sending a pie across the world when I get home… I just hope that it will be edible after such a long trip! Thanks for commenting on my spanish… it gets easier each time I try to talk with someone here and no one gives a damn about my grammar! How lovely of them!

      • Alexandra January 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

        I love this! And good question – how will you send a lactose free pie halfway across the world? Now THAT will be attacking the impossible 🙂



  2. Summer Pilar February 1, 2012 at 7:09 AM #

    Yes Karen, It has to be without butter… but you can use margarine instead!! Ok, I know it is not butter, but it helps hehehe

    Now you have a challenge (an extra one in your life) sending the pie to Denmark 🙂 just for your information, my birthday is the 24th of july 🙂 🙂

    Love your sweet blog!

  3. Cyntia Diaz February 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM #


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