A Taste of Aloha-Lilikoi Bars with Fresh Lilikoi Glaze and my 1st Giveaway!

This is possibly one of the best deserts that I have ever made.
I’ve made lemon bars before, but a taste of the islands takes this to an entirely different flavor profile that I have not experienced since I moved from Hawaii.
Mom still lives there, and I shared with many of you on Facebook and Twitter that I arrived home one day last week to a HUGE box of fresh lilikoi (Hawaiian for passion fruit).
Now when I mean fresh, I mean fresh from HER tree!
Can you believe it? The fruity smell was permeating out of the box even before I opened it!
So let me tell you about this beautiful tropical fruit, lilikoi.
-The wrinklier it looks, the better and sweeter it is! So all that brown/wrinkle, that’s good stuff!
-There are seeds inside that are practically impossible to break, so best way to remove the pulp and juice is a quick swish in the food processor or blender. (Will explain.)
-Enjoy-lilikoi is AMAZING!
I had to pick the best desert possible to showcase this amazing and exotic fruit. I was thinking about lemon bars-how prefect are they. Tangy and sweet, a thick coating of fruit-this would fit perfectly for the
 lilikoi-And there we have it-Lilikoi Bars were born.
I wish blogs had some type of taste-sensory mechanism; there is nothing quite like the flavor of passion fruit. This unique flavor is romantic and tart. The aroma and scent alone bring me right back to Hawaiian waters and fresh citrus trees. Tasting its juice is exotic and floral, you know that it is passion fruit and nothing else. A strong citrus bite, but one that puckers well with added sweetness.
Note* -I made this using fresh lilikoi, if you can not find fresh lilikoi, I have heard that many Asian or South American markets carry passion fruit concentrate. Try that and let me know how you do!
Method:
1) First, let’s make the lilikoi juice. Cut eat fruit in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds and place in food processor or blender.
2) Pulse a few short times for no more than 30 seconds. This will pull the pulp away from the seeds and get more juice out.
3) Pour pulp into a sieve with a bowl underneath (1/2 c at a time) and use the back of spoon to push down on the pulp and juice. Reseve 1 cup of juice and discard seeds.
Fresh Lilikoi Juice!

Now onto the Bars:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2) For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

3) Combine the flour and salt and with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed.

4) Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides.

5) Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes (or speed it up in the freezer for 15 minutes).

For the Filling

Whisk together the eggs, sugar, lilikoi juice, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool.

 For the Lilikoi Glaze
1) Boil water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes.

2) Add passion fruit and lemon juice and boil for a further 3 minutes. It will boil rapidly and looks like it expanded.

3) Remove from heat and allow to cool. It will turn into a thick and sugary passion fruit syrup!
4) Allow to cool and drizzle over lilikoi bars!
A Taste of Aloha-Lilikoi Bars with Fresh Lilikoi Glaze and my 1st Giveaway!

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 c flour, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • Filling
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 c fresh lilikoi juice (about 10 lilikoi)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • Glaze- adapted from here
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c lilikoi fruit juice (about 6 lilikoi)
  • Juice of 1/4 lemons

Instructions

  1. First, make the lilikoi juice. Cut eat fruit in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds and place in food processor or blender.
  2. Pulse a few short times for no more than 30 seconds. This will pull the pulp away from the seeds and get more juice out.
  3. Pour pulp into a sieve? with a bowl underneath (1/2 c at a time) and use the back of spoon to push down on the pulp and juice. Reserve 1 cup of juice and discard seeds.
  4. Now onto the Bars. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  5. Combine the flour and salt and with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed.
  6. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides.
  7. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes (or speed it up in the freezer for 15 minutes).
  8. For the filling, Whisk together the eggs, sugar, lilikoi juice, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour.
  9. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool.
  10. For the Lilikoi Glaze, boil water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  11. Add passion fruit and lemon juice and boil for a further 3 minutes. It will boil rapidly and looks like it expanded.
  12. Remove from heat and allow to cool. It will turn into a thick and sugary passion fruit syrup.
  13. Allow to cool and drizzle over lilikoi bars.
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 Now for the Giveaway!
When my mom mailed me this box of passion fruit, it made me really miss Hawaii and I wanted to be able to share my love of Hawaii with all of you.
One of my favorite cook books, and one that my mom gave to me when I moved from Hawaii to Cali is “Another Taste of Aloha“. Last week I bought another copy to give away to one of my readers!
A little taste of the Tropics during the Holiday season!
Giveaway is now CLOSED
How To Enter:
  • Write a comment below saying anything. Anything at all :)  (Please don’t comment as anonymous-leave your mame so I can contact you if you win).
To receive additional entries, you can also:
  • Like my Facebook page and leave a comment below telling me you did so (or let me know that you already do).
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment below telling me you did so (or let me know that you already do).
  • Tweet about this giveaway: “Enter to win the “Another Taste of Aloha Cook Book” Giveaway hosted by @FerraroKitchen  and leave a comment below saying you did so.
  • Be sure to use separate comments for each entry!
 This is open to U.S. residents only (sorry). Please be sure to include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win. The giveaway will run until Friday, December 16 at 11:59pm CST. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has up to four chances to win (be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry). The winners will be notified through e-mail by Monday, December 19.
 Enjoy and Mele Kalikimaka!

Comments

  1. BigFatBaker says

    Omg I love passion fruit and would love one of these bars right now! They sounds absolutely amazing. I really need to find somewhere that sells the pulp/concentrate! Your giveaway book looks so fun too! I'd love to win a Hawaii based book :)

  2. my-imperfect-kitchen.com says

    Aloha Samantha! Those bars look AMAZING! How wonderful to get a box of fruit from home! I think it's a great idea to give away a cookbook from home too. Good luck with it!

  3. AlohaKarina says

    I love Lilikoi also. I wonder if you could get away with making these with lilikoi jam somehow? That's about all that I can find here on the East Coast.

    I have followed you on FB, Twitter, and tweeted about your giveaway. Mahalo for such a yummy-looking recipe. I grew up in Aiea so I'd love to win this cookbook–I don't have it. :)

    Aloha! (@AlohaKarina on Twitter)

  4. AlohaKarina says

    lol I just realized I need to leave separate comments for each entry. So the other was for twitter…This one is for Facebook. (I really want to win this cookbook!) :)

  5. AlohaKarina says

    And I tweeted your contest. :) That's three entries…that's enough. I feel like I'm cheating! Aloha and Mahalo from Maine!

  6. Cake Duchess says

    So lovely to have found you today. Your bars are gorgeous! Love your giveaway!! Congrats on Top 9 Samantha:)

  7. Jo says

    Lilikoi my absolute favorite! My mouth was just watering looking at these pictures and reading the recipe.

    Longing for a kailua passion right about now as well.

    I will figure a way to make these even if I have to get my friend to send me some of her fresh lilikoi, like your mom did!

    Jo

  8. Renee says

    FYI – my first comment is gone. Sorry you are having comment issues with Blogger.
    I have not cooked with Lilikoi before but this has inspired me to give it a try. Thanks for the helpful information on seeding the fruit.

  9. Erin says

    These bars look amazing! I love that your mom sent you the fruit! Tropical desserts in the cold of winter are perfect!

  10. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family says

    What a wonderful mom you have. I would have loved to receive a box like that.
    Then your recipe is just wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

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