James Carrier
Pineapple Cheesecake with Haupia Sauce

Take your palate to paradise with the Islands' sweetest flavors

ANDREW BAKER,  – October 1, 2004


Pineapple Cheesecake with Haupia Sauce

Chocolate Macadamia Torte with Vanilla Port Sauce

Mango Tiramisu with Raspberry Sauce

Tropical Fruit Soup

Kona Coffee-Chocolate Bread Pudding

Coconuts really do fall from the trees in Hawaii. And papayas grow along the roadside. I always thought these were mythical descriptions of a Hawaiian utopia that existed only in travel brochures.

But a recent trip to the former Sandwich Islands brought their culinary legacy to life in the form of indigenous tropical ingredients.

Hawaii’s luscious produce and products ― bright mangoes, juicy pineapples, dark chocolate ― are ripe for decadent desserts. Even mainland chefs have fallen under their sway.

Here’s a collection of recipes from masters on both sides of the water that will bring a piece of paradise to your next dinner party, no matter how far from a coconut tree you live.

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