Hawaiian-themed parties call for a tropical-style menu. Whether you are holding a simple affair or a full-fledged luau complete with tiki candles, grass skirts and a pig roast near the water, the right desserts will make the event more special. Tropical foods, like whole pineapples, bananas and coconut, can be piled in a large wooden bowl as the centrepiece and a hint of what is to come for dessert.
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Haupia is a coconut pudding dessert. Cook a batch over the stove and then chill before serving. Pour a 354ml. can of chilled coconut milk, 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar into a saucepan with 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Heat until thickened, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Lower heat and continue to cook for 10 more minutes. Pour the pudding into an 8 x 8 inch dish, then place the dish in the refrigerator and chill until the haupia is set. Cut the haupia into squares and serve.
Hawaiian ambrosia is a mix of tropical ingredients. Drain an 227gr can of crushed pineapple and an 312gr can of mandarin oranges. Pour the fruit in a mixing bowl and then add in with 3 cups of whipped topping, 2 cups of mini marshmallows, 2 cups of coconut and 1/2 cup of milk. Chill the mixture for an hour and then sprinkle the top with 2 cups of maraschino cherries before serving.
Hawaiian Sweet Potato Pie
Make a Hawaiian sweet potato pie. Peel two large sweet potatoes. Boil the potatoes until they are soft and then mash them in a mixer with 1/2 stick salted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 tablespoon vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg. Pour a 425gr can of evaporated milk and 1/4 cup creme of coconut into a mixer and process until the mixture is soft and creamy. Add two large beaten eggs and mix well. Pour the filling into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake the pie at 177 degrees Cor one hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool before slicing to serve.
Celebrations often call for cake. Make a delicious coconut or pineapple upside down cake or add plastic hula dancers to a frosted sheet cake. Make a simple cake batter using a white cake mix. Follow the directions on the box. Blend the mix well and then pour the batter into a Swiss roll pan. Cook at 177 degrees Cor 15 minutes then let it cool. Prepare a box of instant vanilla pudding, then combine the pudding with a container of cream cheese. Spread the pudding mixture on the cooled cake. Top with a layer of drained, crushed pineapple and nuts, then finish with whipped topping and cherries.
Hawaiian Baked Bananas
Prepare a batch of baked bananas for your Hawaiian party. This recipe serves four people, so you can multiply the recipe as needed. Peel four bananas and place them in a small baking dish. Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup orange or pineapple juice and 3 tablespoons of sherry. Pour the mixture over the bananas. Sauté 1/2 cup of chopped almond or Macadamia nuts in 2 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle the nuts over the bananas along with a pinch of nutmeg, if desired. Bake at 177 degrees Cor 15 minutes.
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