Haupia In Honor Of The 44th U.S. President

imageToday is Presidents’ Day when we honor the legacies of great U.S. Presidents, and why not, the 44th president, Hawaii-born Barack Obama.  Haupia is a favorite dessert of the Hawaiian islands and is ever present at luaus and celebrations where food is served.

It is a very easy coconut-based recipe. Unlike most cakes and desserts, there is no baking required.  Since this is a special day, I’ve chosen to make it a little more fancy by topping it with toasted coconut flakes and cocktail cherries. Here’s to Presidents’ Day!image

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut milk

1  3/4 tsp cornstarch

A pinch or two of salt

1 tbsp white sugar

1/2 cup coconut flakes

6 pcs. cocktail cherries

DIRECTIONS

Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add coconut flakes and toast until slightly brown. Remove from heat and set aside. In a medium sauce pan, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt.  Pour in 1/4 of the coconut milk and stir until smooth.  Add the rest of the coconut milk and bring to a quick boil.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Pour mixture into a baking dish or casserole and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  When ready to serve, cut into 6 individual slices and garnish each slice with toasted coconut flakes and a cherry.

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