When I was on the Big Island last month, I met with Ross Alaimo, pastry chef at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (see my Serious Eats post here). Such a great guy…and his banana bread is amazing. Chef Ross is big on using local Hawaii ingredients (I know we often talk about local this and that…but things always feel more genuine in Hawaii :)
I met him at 8am on a Monday morning and we powered through many delightful sweets. Want to take a look?
Lilikoi cheesecake with fresh lilikoi (from Hilo side of the island). The puree is mixed into the cheesecake batter and turned into lilikoi curd to top. Graham cracker crust.
Mochi ice cream wrapped to order, paired with fresh mangoes. Super soft mochi stuffed with vanilla bean (from Hamakua coast) ice cream.
Kee’au apple-banana bread pudding with cinnamon grated straight into the pudding.
Big Island goat cheese cheesecake – sweet and savory paired with caramelized pineapples, walnuts, and local honey.
Soufflés! In both vanilla bean…
And my favorite of them all…banana bread!! Bought an extra loaf to take back to Honolulu. Thick slices, grilled and topped with butter. Ooh la la o_O