Piña Colada Puddin

Tropical Drink Goes Pudding!

Fresh pineapple from my garden!

I’ve been giving stodgy desserts a facelift using simple pantry items, and now cross pollinating some with my bar. You will also love my Cider Whiskey Puddin.

For this recipe I am the proud gardening parent of fresh pineapples here in central Florida. I pulled out my trusty blender and made nectar and then put the tropical twist to it. You’re gonna love this dessert!

Piña Colada with Star Anise


  • pineapple puree or nectar – 1 1/2 cups
  • coconut cream – 1/2 cup, or coconut milk [not light]
  • sugar – 2 TBS
  • salt – 1/8 tsp
  • turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  • lime juice – 3 TBS, freshly squeezed
  • nutmeg – 1/8 tsp, and/or cardamom
  • corn starch – 2 TBS
  • agar – 1/2 tsp


  • 3 TBS rum
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks


  • Greek style yogurt
  • Toasted, chopped macadamia nuts
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Toasted coconut shreds


  1. If using whole pineapple, purée in a high speed blender. It can have some fiber remaining, no need to use sieve unless your blender is not up to a good purée.
  2. While still in the blender, add all the remaining ingredients except the rum and pineapple chunks. Whir a bit until blended.
  3. Bring puddin to a simmer under medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about a minute.
  4. Off heat, add the rum.
  5. Pour the hot mixture into a serving bowl or individual dishes. While still warm, arrange the pineapple chunks, then slightly push them into the pudding.
  6. Bring to room temperature, then thoroughly chill; a couple hours.

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