|Baked Hawaiian with Macadamia toffee|
Plantation Garden's Baked Hawaiian is like baked Alaska. It has coffee and coconut ice cream layers covered in meringue with a chocolate crust. Luscious!
Gaylord's Plantation Pie uses ice cream as it's main ingredient too. Vanilla ice cream with macadamia nut brittle, caramel sauce and roasted pineapple make this dessert marvelous. But what really caught my attention was the vanilla whipping cream. Just add a dash of vanilla to your whipping cream next time to see what I mean.
Kilauea Bakery's coconut and pineapple macaroons and macadamia nut butter cookies have a special place in my heart.
Not because they are delicious and they are but because of this bookshelf and it's cause. Gotta love businesses who give back to the community.
I'm still working on tweaking my own recipes for these luscious wonders but it really isn't all that difficult to make any dessert feel like it came straight from the islands. Here are the magic ingredients:
Coconut - folks love it or hate it apparently but it is my go to garnish. I tend to use coconut chips and stay away from the sweetened stuff. You don't need even MORE sugar. Jan has a great recipe for coconut candy here. Her post also reminded me that coconut cream can be put in the ice cream maker as part of a recipe. Nummy.
Macadamia Nuts - I am kicking myself for not bringing back a bucket load. They are expensive there but not as much as here. The good news it only takes a small amount of these luscious nuts to make their presence known. Here's my easy gluten free cheesecake recipe. Add macadamia nuts and/or coconut into the crust.
Chocolate fudge - the standard "lava" for any dessert. Hot fudge must be the state dessert sauce. It was everywhere and was ALWAYS called "lava." I wasn't going to quibble and say lava really needed to be red or orange because cooling lava is kind of dark brown to black. There are several good recipes on this blog but one of our group, who shall remain nameless, suggests you buy it. Any way you choose to go, the easy way or the hard way, heat, spoon over your dessert of choice, sprinkle with a few red sugar crystals or red M&Ms for the glowing coals and you have lava!
Pineapple - lots of places roast it to use as a topping, like Gaylord's, or mix it in. But the funny thing is it is primarily from South America now, not Hawaii.
Coffee - did you know Hawaii is the only state where coffee is grown? And the homemade coffee ice creams I had were incredible to boot.
And then there are the little things like decorations from the Dollar Store and the easiest dessert of all Hawaiian Volcano Sundaes.
|Leis, an army helmet (Grandma Juju was in Hawaii doing WWII research, and sundae toppings)|
They are a big hit among the under seven and over thirty crowd!
So, my kids know when we come back from Hawaii, we decompress by eating Hawaiian themed food for a week. Do you come home from a trip and try to recreate where you've been through meals or a special dish? What Hawaiian ingredient might be your favorite?