Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hawaiian Haupia

Hawaiian Haupia recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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.

Hawaiian Haupia
recipe adapted from OnoKineGrindz, Polynesian Cultural Center and Food.com
Yield: 8-16 servings
(printable recipe)

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!



Hawaiian Haupia recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Feel free to stack a couple of the pieces. One little square is not enough!




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9 comments:

  1. A perfect end to a perfect meal! I had haupia when I was in Hawaii and it was served more on the pudding side... it was soooo good!

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  2. Mmm coconut milk...I love everything that it touches. This dessert sounds so delicious!

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  3. I'm not the best dessert maker. This looks like a totally doable recipe for me.

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  4. Mary - Sounds very good. How about you just fly in and do the blogger party cooking :-)

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  5. That is so interesting! I've never heard of this before - thanks for sharing this beautiful dessert.

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  6. What a unique and beautiful dessert! Those creamy bites look so delicious. Thank you for whetting my appetite (perfect timing too...I"m about to eat lunch!) I hope you have a fabulous week!

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  7. yum! who wouldn't love coconut pudding?!

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  8. Can I use this for a substitute in coconut cream pie, I wonder if I use the haupia for the coconut cream part of the pie?

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