I love easy desserts. There’s nothing to beat the feeling of being able to make something quickly and dump it into the fridge, especially when you have sudden guests coming. I got this recipe at the back of a coconut powder box and was really not sure how it would turn out to be. But to my pleasant surprise, it was a nice and simple tasting dessert and of course, I had to share it on the blog.
Haupia is a traditional Hawaian dessert that is usually served at their parties and weddings. When we hear the word “Hawaii”, an image of coconut trees and pristine beaches come to our mind. So there is no surprise that this dessert is entirely based on coconut milk. The pudding is also called as “white cake” and gets a shape hard enough to cut and serve as it sets, very similar to gelatin based desserts. Traditionally, this dessert was thickened with arrowroot, but now since it is a very hard-to-find ingredient, its close form cornflour has taken its place. Apart from being served as squares or in small bowls, some serve it in pie shapes or even in flavors like chocolate and purple yam.
Haupia - Hawaiian Coconut Milk Pudding
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup milk
- 6 tbsp sugar upto taste
- 4 tbsp corn flour
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- Pour one cup coconut milk into a saucepan.
- Mix sugar and cornflour into it till no lumps and bring the mixture to boil.
- Add in vanilla and cook on low flame till mixture thickens.
- Add the remaining coconut milk and milk and continue to heat till it thickens again.
- Pour the mixture into an 8 inch square pan and chill until firm.
- Top with toasted coconut and enjoy!