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That banana cream pie you had in Hawaii? Here’s the recipe.



banana_cream_pie_hawaii_Polynesia_Cafe_recipeHAWAII magazine reader Ronda Rastler e-mailed us on a mission to find the recipe of a favorite island treat from her last visit:

While on Kauai I had the pleasure of eating the banana cream pie at the Polynesia Cafe in Hanalei. It was the most wonderful pie with a coconut macadamia nut crust.  Do you have the recipe?  I would love to be able to make it.

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Banana cream pie may not be the first food treat that pops into mind when you think of Hawaii. But for true lovers of fresh-baked, fresh-ingredient filled pie, indulging in a slice while soaking in a Hawaii sunrise—or really anything in the Islands—may be the next best thing to a glimpse into heaven. With banana farms scattered throughout the Islands, it’s no wonder banana cream pie has become such a loved treat here.

So what makes Polynesia Cafe’s recipe so dear to Ronda’s heart?

banana_cream_pie_hawaii_Polynesia_Cafe_recipeWe’re guessing it’s because the recipe calls for a homemade coconut macadamia nut pie crust made with island-grown mac nuts. Or it could be the thick layer of fresh sliced bananas nestled under the sweet filling. Ask Polynesian Cafe owners Jhoane and Thames Goodwin, however, and they’ll tell you the secret to their pie’s flavor is the cafe’s country setting—“Hanalei with the magic of Kauai in the background.”

Jhoane and Thames fell in love on the north shore of Kauai and decided to open up the Polynesia Cafe together. Not only do they offer a killer banana cream pie, but also a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. We rang up Thames, who was gracious enough to dish up the secret recipe to his banana cream pie and its coconut macadamia crust for HawaiiMagazine.com readers.

Mahalo Thames!


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