69: Birchwood's Black Bottom Coconut Cream Pie


Would that forbidden fruit were actually fruit. No, the food we eat when we shouldn't be eating is usually the guilty pre-dinner basket of tater tots. A decadent late-morning ice cream cone. The lazy mid-afternoon slice of pie.

Make that a slice of Birchwood's black bottom coconut cream pie.

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Birchwood's coconut cream pie is a decadent dessert that requires more than a few forks to get the job done. But that's part of its charm. Set aside an hour or so, bring a friend, and order up some bottomless coffees. The two go hand in hand.

With a dense, nutty filling chock full of toasted coconut, the pie is rich and very sweet. Curlicues of unsweetened whipped cream are piped high on top in true 1950s diner fashion. A thin layer of dark chocolate lines the bottom of the slice to offset the sweetness. And the crust holding it all together is the kind every pie should have -- flaky, buttery shards break off with every bite.

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