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Haupia is a silky, creamy, delicious and easy to make coconut dessert. Serve it chilled on its own or with some fruit or coulis.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Hawaiian
Servings 9 pieces


  • 1 can coconut milk 400ml
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 tbsp cornflour or arrowroot


  • Mix coconut milk, salt and sugar in a pan.
  • Place it over medium heat and allow it to become hot till you see bubbles on the sides of the pan.
  • In the meantime make the slurry by mixing cornflour or arrowroot flour with the water.
  • When the coconut mixture becomes hot, stir it continously and slowly pour in the slurry.
  • Keep stirring till the mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan.
  • Pour the mixture into a tray. Use either a 5"X 5" or a 6"X 6" tray.
  • Bang the tray gently on the worktop to level out the mixture. Can even use a spatula to make the top smooth.
  • When the mixture cools down a bit put the tray in the fridge to allow Haupia to set for about 2 hours.
  • Cut the set Haupia into squares and serve.


  • Don't allow the mixture to become too thick as it will become difficult to level it out.
  • I've used less sugar. Add some more if your prefer.
  • A coulis is a fresh fruit sauce.
Keyword coconut dessert, haupia