Tuesday, February 14, 2012
adapted from the Luau recipe at Aloha Friends Luau
Serves 8 to 10
12 ounces chilled coconut milk
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup + 2 T. sugar
1/2 cup + 2 T. cornstarch
Combine all ingredients in saucepan and stir over medium heat until thickened. Lower heat and cook for ten minutes, stirring constantly to avoid lumping or burning. Pout into 8x8 inch dish and chill until set, about 2 hours. Cut haupia into squares & serve.
Haupia turned out to be the sleeper of all the treats laid out before us at the luau. At first most people avoided it, given its gelatinous appearance and slight resemblance to tofu. Those that bit into the unremarkable white cubes were greeted with a sweet coconut flavor and a smooth velvety texture. Guest's eye list up with wonder. Word quickly spread and the unassuming dessert became a quick favorite. With the short ingredient list, and easy preparation, this dessert is quick to become an impressive offering for guests.