Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut

Coconut Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut

If you’re not familiar with haupia, it’s a traditional Hawaiian coconut dessert; like pudding but slightly thicker. It’s usually served at luaus, so odds are you’ve tried it if you’ve ever been to one. Most people love it – including myself. But really, what’s not to love about coconut pudding?

Coconut Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut

It’s no surprise that I love tropical flavors – and cook with them often. But for some strange reason, I had never made haupia, up until recently. And I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. The most difficult part of the process is waiting to let the hot pudding set in the fridge.

Coconut Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut

Traditionally this dessert sets in a large baking dish and is cut into squares. But (since my baking dish was dirty) I decided to make individual cups. And I’m always looking for an excuse to use toasted coconut, so of course I made some to top it with.

So ono.

Coconut Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut
Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut
Serves 8

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1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 T unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup water
1 heaping cup of coconut flakes

In a large pot, bring the coconut milk, water, sugar and butter to a boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. When the coconut milk mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the starch mixture. Whisk until smooth. Cook on low heat until it boils. Immediately pour into cups. Chill for at least 3 hours.
While pudding is chilling, spread coconut flakes over baking sheet and broil for several minutes, mixing often, until browned. Scoop onto pudding cups when ready.

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Adapted from Sam Choy’s Haupia Recipe


4 Responses to "Haupia Cups with Toasted Coconut"

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  1. Oh sweet baby jane, this looks amazing! I’d only ever seen the packets, and was wondering how to make it from scratch! Now I know. Love it!

    • Thanks Brandie! I have to admit – I’ve definitely used the packets before, but making it from scratch was almost just as easy! 🙂

  2. cbrowne


    Oh this looks fabulous!


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