Another Hawaiian dish. This time it’s dessert! Haupia is a traditional Hawaiian dessert that is basically like a coconut-y pudding-y jello-y… Okay, it’s technically a pudding, since it’s thickened with cornstarch, but it is thickened to the point that you can cut it into squares and pick it up and eat it. Now, chocolate haupia pie is taking haupia, adding some chocolate, and putting it in a pie. Did I need to explain that, or did the name give it away?!
Classic chocolate haupia pie is made in a standard pie shell. That’s fine and good and all, but sometimes I like graham cracker crust more than pie crust. I also like individual mini-sized desserts, so this time I decided to use mini graham cracker pie crusts. I just got these ones at the store. You can make your own graham cracker crust, but I was feelin a little lazy, and these are cute.
So basically the anatomy of chocolate haupia pie is: pie crust, chocolate coconut layer, coconut layer, whipped cream topping. I decided to make big “flowers” with the whipped cream, reminiscent of a Hawaiian lei. Creative, riiight?
As a side note, see those flowers there? Clearly fake, especially since I’m not living in Hawaii… It’s a plastic plumeria hair piece that I wore for my wedding (which was in Hawaii, where my husband is from). Woohoo, I got some use out of it again! It makes me happy when I actually use my wedding stuff again. Like, I spent all this money on everything, I should be able to get more than one use out of it right??? So that made me a little happy.
These chocolate haupia pies are sooo yummy, like a bite of the tropics… plus chocolate! Win and win.