Haupia: Page 332, A Taste of Aloha

If you’ve been to a lu’au or eaten traditional Hawaiian food, I’d bet you a plate lunch that you’ve had haupia – a lovely, smooth, and cool coconut dessert usually served in jiggly bite-sized pieces.  When I had some extra coconut milk, I knew just what I wanted to make with it: Haupia, on page 332 of A Taste of Aloha, in the Luau section (the last recipe in the book).  My husband loves haupia, and I had no idea it was so easy to make! Just mix, stir over heat for ten minutes and chill.  My kind of dessert!

Side note:  I have never used so much cornstarch in one recipe – but at least now I finally recognize that familiar sweet flavor in the haupia lurking behind the coconut.  Next time I will definitely try the fancier fruit toppings!

Sweet and chilly – quite refreshing!  Traditional dessert served with Lu’au food.



  • 12 ounces frozen coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until thickened.  Lower heat and cook for ten minutes, stirring constantly to avoid lumping or burning.  Pour into 8 x 8-inch dish and chill until set.  Cut haupia into squares.  Note: May be topped with crushed pineapple, sliced peaches or sliced mango.

Serves 20.

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