When passion fruit comes to mind, I automatically think of Hawaiian cuisine. When I was in Oahu, Hawaii a few years ago to visit family and friends, I loved drinking passion fruit juice and enjoying this tropical fruit in desserts, salads and even some savory dishes. It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed passion fruit in any capacity so I was thrilled when my friend Jen brought in these Passion Fruit “Slice” Bars for our recent Wine & Dine dinner event highlighting New Zealand cuisine.
Passion Fruit “Slice” Bars
recipe from Taste.com
1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons passion fruit pulp
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, coconut, sugar and butter to prepare the crust dough. Place the dough in the prepared pan and press firmly and event on the bottom of the pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl whisk together the condensed milk, lemon juice and passion fruit pulp until smooth and well combined. Pour into the pan over the cooled base and spread evenly over the base. Bake in reduced temperature oven for 15 minutes until just firm to the touch. Set aside to cool completely and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into slices to serve.