Haupia, Hawaiian coconut pudding, is a favorite at Hawaiian luaus and potlucks, this recipe is easy and quick with only four ingredients! Coconut haupia is one of the most popular traditional Hawaiian desserts.
A while ago, I posted a recipe for chocolate haupia pie. I figured it’s about time that I post a classic coconut haupia recipe.
This recipe really is simple. It’s just a few ingredients, and it comes together quickly. No special equipment, no special ingredients. Simple simple simple.
I personally like mine in pie form, because… well, there’s chocolate in it. But I will say, sometimes it’s better to just eat it plain, because it’s so refreshing!
Coconut Pudding, Custard or Jelly Squares
My husband loves haupia. When I asked him for a bit more info on what traditional texture should be like, he said, well… it should be firm enough that you can pick it up and eat it.
I then asked my sister in law how she eats hers. Well, she said, I think the authentic way is to have it closer to a custard, and you eat it with a spoon!
So, my husband is born and raised in Hawaii, as is my sister in law. But, I trust her more, heh heh.
She looked into it a little more for me and told me authentic Hawaiian haupia should probably be somewhere in between custard and jelly like squares.
Well, my husband likes his in Jelly like squares, so that’s what I’ve decided to share with you today. It’s also easier to eat, because you can just pick it up and eat it.
If you want it to be softer, the solution is easy. Just add a little less cornstarch! You can play with the amount, maybe starting at 4 tablespoons instead of 5. Totally customizable to your tastes!
Next time you’re feeling like you need a little tropical kick in your life, give this Hawaiian style recipe a try!
By the way, my all time most visited post is another popular Hawaiian treat – Butter Mochi! Give both a try!
Hawaiian Style Coconut Pudding
What is haupia?
Haupia is a Hawaiian coconut dessert. The traditional haupia recipe calls for coconut milk mixed with ground arrow-root which translates to “pia.” The full word can be translated as arrow-root pudding or, to mix arrow-root with coconut milk. Modern recipes use cornstarch as a substitute for arrow-root because of the lack of availability.
Although it is considered a pudding, the consistency can be more firm coconut gel cubes or coconut jelly cubes. The consistency will differ depending on the amount of cornstarch in the recipe. This recipe is more gel or jelly like. for a more pudding like texture, reduce the amount of corn starch.
How to pronounce haupia?
The proper haupia pronunciation is \ hau̇ˈpēə \ which sounds like how-pea-ahh. an audio pronunciation is provided below: