Kauai Haupia Pie Recipe

Kauai Haupia Pie Recipe

Haupia is a beloved dessert in Hawaii. It is a smooth and creamy coconut pudding that has delighted taste buds and satisfied sweet cravings for generations. This traditional Hawaiian treat is a delicious addition to pies, tarts, and baked goods and serves as the inspiration behind our new Coconut Crème flavored 100% Hawaiian Coffee.

The luscious blend of creamy vanilla and coconut in our Coconut Crème Pie coffee is reminiscent of enjoying a slice of haupia pie on a warm Kauai day. If you've ever wanted to bring a taste of paradise to your table, look no further. We'll guide you through the rich history of haupia, provide a detailed recipe for making delicious haupia pie, and suggest the perfect coffee pairing for an unforgettable experience. Grab a mug and a rolling pin, and let's get started! 

haupia pudding in a dish on a wooden surface. Coconut pieces are visible on the work surface

What is Haupia?

Haupia is a traditional Hawaiian dessert made from coconut milk, sugar, and a thickening agent, usually cornstarch. It is often enjoyed as a pudding or as a filling for pies and cakes. The result is a creamy, smooth treat that captures the taste of the tropics. Over the years, haupia has become a staple at Hawaiian luaus, celebrations, and family gatherings.

Why is it a Popular Hawaiian Dessert?

The popularity of haupia in Hawaii can be attributed to its simple yet delightful flavor and its versatility. Coconut milk is abundant in Hawaii and tropical regions around the world, making haupia a natural choice for a dessert. Its refreshing taste provides a perfect contrast to rich and savory dishes typically served at Hawaiian feasts. Additionally, haupia's easy preparation and the availability of its ingredients have solidified its place in Hawaiian culinary traditions.

Where was Haupia Pie Invented?

Haupia pie is a modern twist on the traditional haupia pudding. While haupia itself has long been enjoyed in Hawaii, haupia pie emerged more recently as a popular variation. The invention of haupia pie can be traced back to Hawaiian bakeries and restaurants that sought to incorporate the beloved coconut pudding into a more substantial dessert. By pairing haupia with a homemade pie crust and topping it with whipped cream, bakers created a dessert that quickly gained popularity among locals and visitors alike.

a fresh ball of pie dough sits on a white kitchen surface with a rolling pin

Haupia Pie Ingredients

To create your own haupia pie, you'll need the following ingredients: 

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 4-6 tablespoons ice water

Haupia Ingredients

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: chocolate shavings or sprinkles
  • Optional: toasted coconut flakes
a haupia coconut cream pie with a slice removed. a cup of coffee and blue bag of kauai coffee sits on the table with the pie

Baking Instructions

Pie Crust Instructions

  1. Prepare the Crust: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. Incorporate Ice Water: Slowly incorporate ice water, adding one tablespoon at a time until the dough forms.
  3. Refrigerate the Dough: Shape the dough into a disk, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  4. Roll Out the Dough: On a surface dusted with flour, spread the dough to match the size of a 9-inch pie plate. Move the dough to the plate, cut off any surplus, and crimp the edges.
  5. Blind Bake: Heat the oven to 375°F. Place parchment paper in the crust and add pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes, then take out the weights and parchment and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown.

Haupia Instructions

  1. Mix Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk, whole milk, sugar, and salt.
  2. Cook the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add Cornstarch: add a few teaspoons of water to the cornstarch to make a slurry and add it to the other ingredients. Whisk until the mixture thickens and starts to bubble.
  4. Add Vanilla: Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Cool: Pour the haupia pudding into the cooled pie crust, spreading it evenly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.

 Whipped Cream Instructions

  1. Whip the Cream: In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Beat: Use an electric mixer to beat the cream until stiff peaks form.

Assembly and Serving Instructions

  1. Top the Pie: Once the haupia layer is set, spread or pipe the whipped cream evenly over the top of the pie. Garnish with chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or toasted coconut flakes.
  2. Serve: Slice and serve your haupia pie, enjoying each bite with a cup of our Coconut Creme Pie Kauai Coffee for a perfect pairing.
kauai coffee coconut creme bag with a tropical background

Coconut Crème Pie Inspiration

Our Coconut Crème Pie Kauai Coffee is crafted to capture the essence of this beloved Hawaiian dessert. With rich notes of coconut and a smooth, creamy finish, this coffee offers a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of haupia pie in every sip. Made from 100% Hawaiian coffee beans, this blend is perfect for those who love the tropical taste of coconut and the boldness of high-quality Hawaiian Coffee.

Pair Coconut Crème Coffee with Haupia Pie for a Taste of Paradise

Haupia pie is more than just a dessert; it's a taste of Hawaiian tradition and a symbol of island hospitality. By following this recipe, you can bring a slice of paradise to your table, especially when paired with our Coconut Crème Pie Kauai Coffee. Whether you're enjoying a special occasion or simply craving a tropical treat, this combination will transport you to the serene shores of Kauai. So go ahead, bake a haupia pie, brew a cup of our Coconut Crème Coffee, and savor the flavors of paradise in every bite and sip.

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