There is a dessert you can get in Hawaii that is pure frozen Hawaiian bliss. It has the unusual name of Hula Pie and is served in slices big enough for three to easily share.
This last visit, Stuart, Amy and I ordered Hula pie three times, and the last time we didn’t even have to pay for it! We had lunch at an ocean side restaurant called Leilani’s and didn’t notice that the receipt could be presented at the next visit for a free slice of Hula pie. Later in the week, we went back to Leilani’s and ordered Hula pie again-and when the server asked if we’d been there before, and we said yes-he asked if we had our receipt. Heartbreakingly, we had to say no. But when he brought out our Hula pie, he said it was on the house anyway. I could have kissed him! (But I didn’t.)
Fist concocted many years ago, legend has it that Hula Pie is known as the dessert that sailors swam ashore to Maui for. It's so much easier to get now, and it is surprisingly easy to make, too.
Here is the recipe-and trust me, this is SO SO SO good!
9" chocolate cookie crust
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
12 ounces hot fudge sauce
Additional chopped macadamia nuts
Mix macadamia nuts into softened ice cream and fill pie crust, making sure ice cream is heaped high in the center of crust. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer and cover with hot fudge sauce. You will need to heat the hot fudge sauce slightly to make it easy to spread. Return pie to freezer, and freeze again until firm. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and cover with whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts.
Makes ? servings (depends on how much of the Hula pie the pie maker is willing to share.)
( I also came back with my very own Hula pie plate. I’m guessing you know what that means…)