After a brief time in a 450-degree oven, this pie bakes at 350 degrees. You'll want to use an oven thermometer to monitor the temperature. Because of the dense filling, a long cooling time is essential before slicing and serving.
This is peak season for coconuts, and the fresh, creamy meat is well worth the effort in this pie. To crack a coconut, pierce its eyes with a screwdriver and drain liquid. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and bake coconut until it cracks, 15 to 30 minutes. Remove coconut, wrap in a dish towel, and tap with a hammer to separate the meat from the shell. Remove the skin with a vegetable peeler, and grate meat on a box grater.