A Passion for Passionfruit
I think one my very favorite things about living on Maui is the Passionfruit, also known as Lilikoi. We grow vines on our fences in the purple, orange and yellow varieties. Here is a Passionfruit flower:
And here are the fruit on the vine:
Lilikoi juice can be substituted for anything you can make with lemon juice: lemon meringue pie, lemon squares, lemon tarts…I make them all with Lilikoi.
Lilikoi juice is tart, tangy and sweet all at the same time, but I don’t find it as acidic as lemon juice.
If you have a chance to get your hands on some juice, try it. You can also look for Perfect Puree of Napa Valley lilikoi puree in your gourmet grocer’s freezer. But it’s expensive because it’s so much work to extract the seeds from the flesh. We tried everything and finally discovered that an old-fashioned food mill works best.
Look for Passionfruit in the cocktails on drinks menus in restaurants on Maui.
Here is the easiest recipe I’ve ever found to use lemon or Lilikoi juice in a baked good: Recipe for Lilikoi Tart (also called Lilikoi Cream pie)
1 (8 oz.) pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 Cup of Lilikoi juice (or lemon juice)
Pre-baked tart shell or pie shell. Note: May also use the filling as a mousse with no shell.
With a mixer, combine the three ingredients and beat till very smooth. Spoon into pre-baked shell. Refrigerate till set. Garnish with mint leaves if desired.
More simple yet: drizzle pure Lilikoi juice over store-bought angel food cake. If you really want to get wild and crazy, top that with hot fudge sauce. A passion for passionfruit. YUM!
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