Hawai‘i has always been sweet on desserts, especially ones that require baking and fill kitchens with sweet, rich, enticing aromas. We are always stopping at local bakeries and bakers’ counters to pick up our favorite cakes, cookies, muffins, sweet breads, and scones. Our well-known fine-dining restaurants are famous for their last courses by award-winning pastry chefs. We particularly enjoy ethnic delights, whether they be malasadas, mochi, or haupia treats. No island potluck is complete without several tasty options at the end of the buffet meal—often a mix of family favorites passed down from generation-to-generation and popular store-bought staples guests always look for.
Hawai‘i Bakes presents a collection of goodies ranging from baked confections to frozen desserts with candy. Some of the offerings are not typically found in local dessert books. There are also some familiar delights with new twists. The recipes were chosen to satisfy our craving for something a little different for those times of indulgence when our appetites yearn for something comforting, sweet, and unique.
This delectable offering of desserts comes from friends, pastry chefs, culinary instructors, and dessert aficionados who have contributed to our other cookbooks. The recipes feature natural flavors and use locally-grown ingredients, especially those found in our backyard gardens. The result is simply satisfying.