Country Cooking with a Granville Flair: Coconut Cream Pie

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Calendars are marked, and the anticipation is rising! Some are marking off the days on their calendars until May 28. Some of you ask, "Why?" If you have to ask, then you probably have never been to the Granville Heritage Day.

This year will be the 18th annual Granville Heritage Day. There will be an antique car show; an antique tractor and engine show; Uncle Jimmy Thompson's Bluegrass Festival, honoring Jackson County's own Jamie Dailey; children's rides; craftsmen demonstrations and a memorial service for those who passed away in 2015.

There will be great music, great fun and GREAT FOOD! You don't want to miss it. As they say, "Be there or be square!" Also, if you haven't made your reservations to see the "Journey to the Promised Land" play on May 6 and 7, call (931) 653-4151 for more details. The play was written by Granville native Ogeal Halfacre Webster and is about settlers coming from North Carolina to Tennessee in search of the Promised Land Trail. It is performed by the 19th Alabama 1860 Re-enactors and other actors from the Upper Cumberland. Music will be performed by the Cookeville Community Folk Orchestra.

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Coconut Cream Pie

2/3 c. sugar

2 T. butter

1/3 c. flour

½ c. coconut

2 cups milk

1 t. vanilla

3 egg yolks

1 9-inch pie shell, baked

Cream sugar, eggs and butter. Add flour and milk. Cook in a double boiler until thick. Add coconut and vanilla. Pour into 9-inch baked pie shell. Top with your favorite meringue and brown in 350 degree oven until brown.

This recipe was submitted by Gayle Harris in memory of her mother, Reba Harris, and can be found in the "Historical Recipes of Granville" cookbook.

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