Hawaiian Haupia Dessert Recipe



Hawaiian Haupia Dessert Recipe

This Hawaiian Haupia Dessert is a true Hawaiian dessert served at all luaus. It's a great, not too sweet, ending to a great meal.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hawaiian
Prep Time 2 hours 11 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 41 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 3 cups scalded milk
  • 3 cups coconut freshly grated
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar


  • Pour the scalded milk over the freshly grated coconut in a saucepan. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
  • Bring milk to a simmer and simmer mixture for 10 minutes. Let it cool. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve lined with several thicknesses of rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth into a bowl and squeeze the moisture from the coconut.
  • In a small bowl stir cornstarch into 2/3 cup coconut milk until the mixture is a smooth paste.
  • In a saucepan, combine the remaining coconut milk and 4 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. Bring mixture to boiling point.
  • Add cornstarch mixture in a trickle, stirring and cook the mixture over low heat, stirring for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is very thick.
  • Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square cake pan, rinsed but not dried, smooth the top and let it cool.
  • Chill covered mixture for at least 2 hours or until very firm and cut into 2-inch squares.

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