I have been MIA for a few weeks. I went back to the Island. I was not able to make a trip back last year. I missed my home state. I was glad I finally was able to return. Weather was not the best - rain, hail, water sprout, then tornado! It didn't really matter. I was back to my Island home.
While I was away, my sister asked me for my recipe to make haupia for a baby shower. Haupia is a traditional Hawaiian coconut dessert for special occasions. Haupia used to be make with arrowroot, today we use cornstarch as the thickener. Haupia can be very simple, just coconut milk, sugar and corn starch. However it can be tricky. The issue is something time the pudding will not set and you will ended up with "soup". I am going to share my secret with you.
1 - Don't overuse cornstarch. It will make it taste horrible
2 - The secret is: use frozen coconut milk. The canned coconut milk is too thin. It does not work.
Now, you have my secret
Frozen coconut milk is usually available in Asia grocery store. Please make sure you purchase the coconut milk and not the coconut gel.
So... here is the recipe, please note that I am making a double recipe here.
Hawaiian Haupia (coconut pudding)
1 1lb bag frozen coconut milk
5 tbsp corn starch
3/4 cup water
In a small bowl, whisk corn starch with 3/4 cup water, set aside
Even the top
Cut into small squares and serve! To add a little tropical touch, try placing the pudding square on Ti leaves or banana leave!