Okinawan Sweet Potato and Haupia Pie
One of my favorite desserts when I'm home is made from Okinawan sweet potatoes, macadamia nuts, and coconut milk. With the exception of the sweet potatoes, all the ingredients are pretty easy to get on the mainland but it's something I really only associate with Hawaii and have only made once in Boston. The nice thing about this pie is it's not too sweet but very satisfying. I followed (mostly) the recipe found on 'Ono Kine Grindz.
It starts with Okinawan sweet potatoes which are readily found in super markets and farmers' markets in Hawaii. They have a light skin and a flesh that ranges from pale to deep purple. When cooked they are drier and tighter than orange yams and sweet potatoes. For this recipe the potatoes can be baked or boiled before they are whipped. I chose to mash them by hand because I like the chunkier texture. The one time I made this in Boston, I searched through all the different types of sweet potatoes at my local Whole Foods and found one that worked reasonably well (I wish I could remember the exact variety).
|Okinawan sweet potatoes|
|Boiled and then mashed|
|Cutting in the butter by hand|
|Not the best picture but it was ono (delicious)!|
I wish I had a piece of this pie right now (or a whole pan). I'll be making this again on my next trip home.
(Update: December 18, 2013)
Of all the posts on my blog, this one is one of the most popular. I worry that one day the recipe link might not be available so I'm including it here. Full attribution to 'Ono Kine Grindz for the recipe.