with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

Culture and Baking

Fresh Pineapple Macadamia Crumb Cake

Fresh Pineapple Macadamia Crumb Cake

Quick! When you hear the word, “Hawaii,” what fruit pops into your mind instantly? Pineapple, right? For more than 100 years, pineapple was a major export of the Hawaiian Islands, but times have changed. To be sure, pineapple is still grown in the islands commercially, […]

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Chiffon Pie

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Chiffon Pie

I think I fell in love with passion fruit before I even tasted it. I say this because when I did finally eat some, mingled with papaya, I felt as if I were reliving a forgotten moment from the past: the tang, the seeds, the […]

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Cheesecake

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Cheesecake

It’s no secret that I love passion fruit, or to use its melodious Hawaiian name, lilikoi. When I’m in Hawaii I always buy fresh passion fruit and extract the juice myself. If I have a lot, I freeze it, pack it in my checked luggage, and bring it home to Montana. This year, a friend of mine who has lots of lilikoi growing on his property, gave me a quart of fresh juice. With this much lilikoi I had more than enough to make a cheesecake and a gorgeous tangy glaze.

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Shortbread Bars

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Shortbread Bars

The first time anyone tastes something new, the moment can become etched in memory. This is true, of course, if it’s a “Wow, I want more of that” event or possibly quite the opposite. My Wow Moment happened in Hawaii when I bit into a […]

Fresh Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Fresh Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

What to bring for dessert to Thanksgiving dinner with friends on the island of Kauai? Last year I made a chocolate cream pie, do I repeat or bake something different? Meeting up with a gorgeous, fully ripe pineapple decided it for me: Pineapple Upside Down […]

Yummy Hawaiian Desserts

Yummy Hawaiian Desserts

I get a huge kick seeing so many Hawaiian bakers taking full advantage of their own wizardry to create outstanding desserts from their plentiful supply of local products.

Hula Biscuits

Hula Biscuits

I all of a sudden got this hankering for a southern biscuit with my bacon and eggs the other day and thought, hey, I’m in the south, the southern end of the big island of Hawaii, so why not make southern biscuits with a Hawaiian […]

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

I tasted these bars for the first time a few years ago on a visit to Hawaii’s Big Island.  They have a buttery brown sugar shortbread cookie base packed with toasted macadamia nuts, a layer of caramel that bakes into the shortbread layer, and a […]