Haupia (Coconut Pudding)

This pudding is served at every luau; it also comes with most plate lunches. Using this pudding to top a slice of cheesecake is a specialty  in Hilo. -Michele Anna Jordan

Wine recommendations: This late in the feast, serve iced Kona coffee or keep the party going with Gloria Ferrer 2005 Blanc de Blancs.

  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups canned coconut milk
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt

Put the cornstarch in a small bowl, add 1⁄4 cup water and mix to form a thick paste. Set aside.Pour the coconut milk into a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth; add the sugar and 2 or 3 pinches of salt and whisk again. Set over low heat and continue to whisk. When it barely begins to simmer, slowly whisk in the cornstarch and continue to stir until the mixture begins to simmer again. Simmer gently for 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Pour into an 8-inch square cake pan, cover tightly and chill for at least 3 hours.To serve, cut into 16 squares and serve alongside fresh fruit.

Published on July 19, 2010