…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? Got a plan for dessert tonight? Here’s one for you—King's Hawaiian Dessert Puffs, and these are fit for a royal Hawaiian court.
I just thought you might want to know… whenever I recommend a particular ingredient or product it’s not because I am compensated for the mention—I am not. Our Covid-19 Survival Guide is a non-sponsored blog. I only suggest the products that I use myself at home or in the test kitchen. In the case of King’s Hawaiian, they have been a client in the past; we have not been their consultants for several years. In this blog, King's Hawaiian Dessert Puffs, I recommend King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls. I do so because they are great and easy to use.
Why King’s Hawaiian? Because they’re formulations are sweeter than other breads and they are just plain wonderful. This style of bread started in Hilo, Hawaii (by way of Portugal—it used to be call Portuguese Sweet Bread) where Robert Taira, the Hawaiian-born son of Japanese immigrants graduated at the top of his baking class. He opened his first bakeshop, Robert’s Bakery, where he baked the first soft round loaves of the Original Hawaiian Sweet Bread. According to locals, the loaves rarely ever made it home before being devoured. Through the support of his family, hard work and his steadfast commitment to delivering a quality, irresistible product, Robert had successfully created a traditional island favorite.
In 1977 Robert’s son, Mark, brought a taste of aloha spirit to Torrance, California. When King’s Hawaiian first started distribution in NorCal, I used their pillow loaf as a table starter at The Customs House Restaurants. I loved the taste and the versatility—you can eat it fresh out of the foil tin with a little soft butter or make a great French toast or even make a scrumptious Hawaiian-style bread pudding. It is my soft-style go-to-bread for all occasions.
Now here is a new use for the dinner rolls as a short cut to making quick, delicious dessert puffs. My take on this recipe is a little bit different than most—I fry the bread before I fill it to crisp the crusts just a little. Read the ChefSecret for even more shortcuts.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Fry time: 2 to 3 minutes
Assembly time: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 cream puffs
Vegetable oil for frying, plus 2 tablespoons more for the chocolate coating
1 package King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls—12 rolls
8 ounces dark chocolate chips, melted
10 ounces whipped cream, store bought aerosol or home whipped
There are other great filling choices—both sweet (pudding, custard, pastry cream or ice cream) or savory (chili, creamed chicken or barbecued pulled pork). I like to make a quick and easy Hawaiian Strawberry Short Cake with whipped cream or even a Pineapple version to make it absolutely Hawaiian.
Covid-19 Quip of the Day: “My smart refrigerator just groaned, rolled its monitor eyes and hissed at me. I asked, 'what’s wrong now?' 'Not you again, fatso,' it replied. 'Go get a job and stop snacking!'
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