say aloha to madmen haupia

I'd been counting down to the Madmen premiere since February.  (For some reason, the creators of that show just love to torture us by making us wait for what seems like years between each season!)

So I knew I had to make something in honor of the premiere....and, while I swear it'll be Baked Alaska one of these days, I needed something quick and easy this time.  I was inspired by this Serious East post on retro desserts and decided to go with coconut haupia.  Appropriate not only because of the 1960's love affair with gelatinous desserts, but also because Season 6 kicked off with Don and Megan lounging on the beach in Hawaii.  

If you love coconut as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to whip this up sometime.  It'll be ready before you can say aloha!  Read on for the recipe...

Coconut Haupia
it claims to serve 16- that is just not true.  6 would be more accurate.

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons corn starch (I considered subbing this out for kudzu, but apparently cornstarch is what truly separates haupia from pudding!)
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut

  • 1. Butter an 8 x 8 baking dish. Add coconut milk, milk and vanilla to blender. Blend for about 30 seconds to thoroughly combine
  • 2. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and whisk in sugar and corn starch. Heat over medium while whisking constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 more minutes, continuously whisking. 
  • 3. Pour into prepared baking dish and gently shake back and forth to settle. Let cool uncovered on the counter for about 10 minutes then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about an hour.
  • 4. Using a sharp knife cut into equal-sized squares. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and serve cold.