Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie
The name takes some sounding out, but once we’d settled the recipe, this Hawaiian pie was the talk of the test kitchen.
Why This Recipe Works
The defining characteristic of this popular Hawaiian dessert is its firm haupia, pronounced how-PEE-ah, or coconut pudding, filling. Not the rich, ploppable stuff you usually think of as pudding, haupia is stable and slices cleanly: ¼ cup of cornstarch and a can of coconut milk with plenty of fat produce pudding with the perfect consistency. Milk not only helps the ingredients blend but also provides richness that complements the coconut flavor. We use a store-bought pie crust for ease. Combining just 1 cup of the hot pudding with chopped chocolate melts the chocolate and creates layers of chocolate and coconut pudding.