Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaii.
1 (12 ounce) can coconut milk
4 -6 tablespoons sugar
4 -6 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (vanilla or Coconut rum can be used)
toasted coconut, for topping (optional)
Pour coconut milk into saucepan.
Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water and blend well.
Stir sugar mixture into coconut milk; cook and stir over low heat until thickened add coconut extract.
Pour into 8-inch square pan and chill covered until firm.
Cut into 2-inch squares. Garnish with toasted coconut.