Polynesian Christmas: Lilikoi


As great of a name as is passionfruit, lilikoi sounds even more exotic. Even if, if you ask me, it doesn’t look like much.

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Image by MissSuki from Pixabay

For Christmas Eve I made Lilikoi Chiffon Pie for the family. After our last trip to Hawaii whereupon I committed to learning how to make this heavenly treat, I searched for a recipe. As it turns out, many people have sought to create this dish. Ultimately the archives of the Honolulu Advertiser came to the rescue.

I’ve made this pie a couple of times now and I have to say it is not for the beginner. Even if you can find passion fruit. If you’ve never before made a pie, this should not be your first one. And don’t multitask! I had to restart because I was distracted.

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In case the whipped cream wasn’t perfect, I took this picture of the pie before adding the topping.

But if you consider yourself to be a competent baker, and you can source the ingredients, then you should definitely give this a go. I promise it’ll be nothing like you’ve had before.

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At the end of the night as I was clearly the table i realized I didn’t have a picture of the sliced pie! Sometimes I am too busy in the moment to take photos of the moment.

So for Christmas Eve I made this pie. I love the ombre effect of the whipped cream and the chiffon. I love the smoothness of the filling with the flakiness of the pastry. You’ll never know how many slices I had or whether or not I also had it for breakfast.

Imagine my surprise when opening our gifts Christmas morning we received a gift from a brother who didn’t have our name this year. (We rotate through the siblings.) Inside the surprise gift? Lilikoi butter!

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Really good on challah toast. And since it’s also Hanukkah this week … well, Happy Polynesian Hanukkah and Christmas to me.

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This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

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