Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwis, Pineapple and Liliko’i (Passion Fruit)

by Irvin on August 1, 2011 · 6 comments

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Today I enter my “bonus days” of our paradise vacation. I had left for Hawaii on July 1st and we initially had thought we would be staying for exactly one month – July 1 to July 31st. Then we found out that airplane tickets were exceedingly cheaper if we extended our trip to August 3rd. Once we explained that to the person we were renting our condo from, she said that  since we were renting the condo for so long, she’d throw in the extra three days for free! Score! That said, right before I left, I received an email from the editor of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine telling me about their most recent special summer edition issue. She wanted to know if she could send me a copy of the issue for my perusal. I told her that I was heading over to Hawaii, but if she could send me a copy before I left, I’d take it along and she made sure to send one overnight to me. Thank goodness because it’s pretty awesome. It was what inspired me to make this Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake, with Kiwis, Pineapple and Liliko’i (Passion Fruit), something that I know I’ll be making at home, to remind me of our magical trip here to Hawaii…as these bonus days will fly by fast and soon I will be home, without the warm ocean and tropical breeze that I’ve grown accustomed to.

Tropical Shortcake with Kiwi, Pineapple and Liliko'i (Passion Fruit)

Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwi, Pineapple and Liliko'i (Passion Fruit)

Hawaii, of course, is full of tropical fruit, and I’ve eaten a whole pineapple a day for each day that I’ve been here (luckily the local grocery store Foodland has them on sale for 49¢ a lb, making most pineapples about $3 or less). My pineapple addiction aside, I’ve also been on the hunt for new and different fruit that I can’t get on the mainland, and that’s how I ended up with some liliko’i or passion fruit in my fridge. These small alien-like fruit are very unassuming with their speckled skin but the minute you cut them open the room fills with the scent of beautiful floral tropics and the insides of the fruit spill of their crunchy seeds and tangled fragrant juices.

Gorgeous fragrant liliko'i (passion fruit) jpg

Gorgeous fragrant liliko'i (passion fruit)

Strangely, most grocery stores on the island don’t carry liliko’i but it’s easy to find at the numerous farmer’s markets around the island. I picked up a bunch for cheap, but I know it can be hard to find on the mainland. If you can track it down, it’s worth it. Look for wrinkled ones, as the inside juices are more sweet and less tart (the fruit itself can sometimes be yellow like the ones I found, or a vibrant purple). You can press out the juice through a fine sieve if you don’t want to eat the seeds but I happen to like the crunch and textures the seeds give.

Passion Fruit at our Farmer's Market jpg

Liliko'i (passion fruit) at the local Maui's Farmers Market

The special full size summer edition of Martha Stewart Everyday Food is great not only because of their quick and easy recipes (who doesn’t love quick and easy?) but also because it features a number of food bloggers, who I adore. Not only are there recipes from Ree of The Pioneer Woman and Heidi of 101 Cookbooks, but there’s a full spread on Aran from Cannelle et Vanille and I adore Aran. I met her in Atlanta at the BlogHer Food conference and she was just as gorgeous and charming as her photographs. It was a thrill to see her featured in the pages of Everyday Food.

Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwi, Pineapple and Liliko'i (Passion Fruit) jpg

Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwi, Pineapple and Liliko'i (Passion Fruit)

The tropical shortcake is actually inspired by the July/August issue of Everyday Food, not the large format special Summer Edition that’s out on the stands now. The original shortcake recipe was for a peach and blueberry shortcake, which are some of my favorite summer fruits. But since I’m here on the island of Maui, I figure why not adapt it to my local fruit. Thus the Tropical Shortcake, which let me tell you, is like having a bit of Maui in your mouth. I know you aren’t here on the island with me, and soon I’ll be leaving paradise as well, but make this and you’ll feel like you on a beach, with the ocean breeze blowing your hair back and the sand between your toes. Aloha!

Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwi, Pineapple and Liliko'i (Passion Fruit)

Tropical Cornmeal Shortcake with Kiwi, Pineapple and Liliko'i (Passion Fruit)

Everyday Food Summer Issue

The special full size summer edition of Everyday Food is available in stores now. Martha Stewart Publications sent me a copy of both the special summer edition and the July/August edition of the magazine as a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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merri August 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

yum this looks really good! one of my fav desserts is strawberry shortcake, and one day modified it to mango shortcake which was almost as good! i wonder if we have passion fruit here in sf.. i would skip kiwis (not a fan) but pineapples are also one of my fav fruits too. yum. if i ever make these shortcakes i’ll let u know.


Lillian August 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

i usually don’t like any foods/desserts with the word, “tropical” in them, b/c i’m not a huge fan of coconut or pineapple. i know, i’m weird. but you’ve totally changed my mind, Irvin! i LOVE passion fruit – well, i never had the real thing but the flavor is one of my faves. i can only imagine how fresh and fragrant the pineapple must be in Hawaii… sigh. enjoy your last couple days in paradise! 😉


Abraham Foodie Phillips August 2, 2011 at 12:26 am

Awesome, looks like a wonderful eat. Love the pictures.


The Sky was never the Limit August 2, 2011 at 5:14 am

Looks like a great summer recipe!


Garrett August 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

Probably too awful to admit but I have never had a passion fruit. Passion fruit flavored chocolate, cake, and so on, yes. Never actual raw passion fruit.


Ralph Sciutti August 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Nice pics, great presentation. Almost too pretty to eat. Notice I said “almost”.


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