This is a great traditional coconut recipe. We serve this at our family luau every year.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
5 hrs
total:
5 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
9 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir coconut into boiling water in a large bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes, then strain through cheesecloth, squeezing out all of the liquid to yield 3 cups.

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  • Stir together the cornstarch, sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Bring the coconut milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the sugar mixture, and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. When very thick, remove from heat ,and stir in vanilla. Pour into an 8x8-inch pan, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 17.9g 6% DV; fat 14.9g 23% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 11mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2008
I thought this was a great recipe. The first time I had haupia was at a Lu'au on the island of Maui. This recipe was very similar to that, however the nutmeg added gave the haupia sort of dirty color. (The taste of the nutmeg was great though). The haupia I've had before was a milky-white color, which to me was much more appealing. I think this recipe was actually very simple, however I choose to skip the part where you make your own coconut milk, and just added three cups of canned coco-milk instead. In Hawaii they sell powdered haupia, which you just add water and boil, and let it set up. This recipe had a much better taste than the mix did! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2009
i found this a bit different from the haupia my wife and i had at ono's hawaiian foods and helena's hawaiian foods. after tinkering with this recipe, i have a couple of suggestions. try skipping the nutmeg and vanilla altogether and using 3/4 cup sugar. the color will be a more beautiful pure white, and there's nothing else to distract you from the fresh coconut milk flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/13/2009
i found this a bit different from the haupia my wife and i had at ono's hawaiian foods and helena's hawaiian foods. after tinkering with this recipe, i have a couple of suggestions. try skipping the nutmeg and vanilla altogether and using 3/4 cup sugar. the color will be a more beautiful pure white, and there's nothing else to distract you from the fresh coconut milk flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2008
I thought this was a great recipe. The first time I had haupia was at a Lu'au on the island of Maui. This recipe was very similar to that, however the nutmeg added gave the haupia sort of dirty color. (The taste of the nutmeg was great though). The haupia I've had before was a milky-white color, which to me was much more appealing. I think this recipe was actually very simple, however I choose to skip the part where you make your own coconut milk, and just added three cups of canned coco-milk instead. In Hawaii they sell powdered haupia, which you just add water and boil, and let it set up. This recipe had a much better taste than the mix did! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2017
I used canned coconut milk and omitted the vanilla and nutmeg because I wanted my Haupia to be milky white. Very easy to make. As far as the taste goes I liked it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/02/2007
I've never had hawaiian pudding before so I don't have a refernce point to compare this recipe to but I thought it was an awful lot of work for just a so-so outcome. I thought it was far too gelatinous in texture (it needs the crushed pineapple) & I probably could have achieved the same flavor w/out having to pry that coconut out of the shell.;o) I bought one w/out having any idea as to how to get it out of there. Googled & it seems like noone else has any helpful tips either. LOL It's very tedious scraping the coconut out & I don't think I'll be doing it again.;o) On the plus side I got some really cool coconut halves to use as dishes. Read More
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