Haupia is a sweet coconut cream custard that can be served as firm as jello or softer and more scoop-able like pudding. Commonly served at lauais and Hawaiian restaurants, this treat caught my eye and I couldn't resist making it along with our Huli Huli Chicken and Cilantro Lime Pineapple Rice. My kids flipped over this dessert and requested that I make it again as soon as possible.
recipe adapted from OnoKineGrindz, Polynesian Cultural Center and Food.com
Yield: 8-16 servings
1 (13 ounce) can Thai coconut milk (do not use a lowfat variety)
6 tablespoons sugar
6-8 tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch *
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: toasted coconut for topping
* adjust the cornstarch according to how firm you want the haupia to be. I preferred it just barely slice-able and more pudding-like (as pictured) however, my boys loved it a bit more firm like jello.
Combine the sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Add the coconut milk and vanilla and stir again. Cook over medium low heat until thickened. This will take between 10-15 minutes. The mixture should be thick enough to pull away from the pan. Pour into an 8" square pan and cover with lid or saran wrap. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, 8-24 hours. Slice into squares and top with toasted coconut before serving. Enjoy!
|Feel free to stack a couple of the pieces. One little square is not enough!|
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