Hawaiian Dessert Recipes: Haupia: Hawaii's Beloved Luau Dessert

The First of our Hawaiian Dessert Recipes is Haupia.

Haupia (How-pee-uh) is a coconut pudding that is firm enough to cut into small cubes. It is the standard luau dessert, you can almost always find it at any party.

Below is a standard recipe for haupia:

·4 cups coconut milk
·2-1/2 cups water
·1-1/4 cups sugar
·1 cup cornstarch


Combine the coconut milk and water. Stir until smooth. Add the sugar and cornstarch. Cook over low heat until thickened and shiny. If the haupia is grainy, you need to keep cooking the mixture because the fat in the coconut milk has not yet melted. If you want to add a little something extra, usually I put in a teaspoon of Madagascar Vanilla in the last few minutes of boiling.

Here is another recipe for Haupia containing milk:

· 2 cups coconut milk
· 1 cup whole milk
· 6 tablespoons sugar
· 5 tablespoons cornstarch
· 1/4 tsp vanilla (if desired)

Preparation:Pour one cup of coconut milk into a saucepan. Combine sugar and cornstarch stirring into coconut milk. (Add vanilla is desired) Heat over low stirring consistently until thickened.

Add remainder of coconut milk and whole milk and continue to heat until thickened. Pour into 8 inch square pan and chill until firm.

A good tip for being able to tell if the haupia is ready to pour into pan is this: dip your stirring spoon into the mixture, and then place it onto a small plate. If after a couple of minutes it has formed a thick skin, then it is ready. It is always wise to allow haupia to cool in pan, on your coutertop without placing a cover on it as to not allow sweating, which can make the top of the haupia smeary. When the haupia has cooled enough, then cover it and refrigerate.

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