Lilikoi (passion fruit) butter: tart yet slightly sweet, vibrant yellow goodness that pairs perfectly with toast, pancakes, tarts, cheesecake. A delectable island treat waiting for you to try.
Lilikoi butter in Hawai’i is almost like maple syrup in Canada. A popular condiment seen in many restaurants and home kitchens. Super simple to make and sure to please.
What are lilikoi?
Lilikoi or passion fruit is a common fruit in Hawai’i. If you are looking for a little more information on lilikoi check out my blog post on lilikoi lemonade.
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Where can I find lilikoi?
If you live in Hawai’i chances are you know someone who has a vine. If not local farmers markets are often filled with these fruit. And of course for my mainland friends you can purchase the puree on Amazon.
What’s the best way to juice lilikoi?
Lilikoi have a tough outer skin filled with yellow pulp and many black seeds. The seeds are edible, but I prefer to separate out the seeds. I find the best way to juice a lilikoi is to cut the lilikoi in half and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon. Then place into a strainer and push the liquid through the strainer. Alternatively you can scoop out the pulp and mix in a blender, seeds and all. Or if you prefer you can make the butter with the seeds intact.
What can I use lilikoi butter on?
- In tarts
- On cheesecake
How to store lilikoi butter?
Once lilikoi butter has been made, you can pour the warm contents straight into a sterilized canning jar and place the lid on. Leave at room temperature to cool down and the jar will self seal.
How to sterilize canning jars?
Place jars into a boiling pot of water being sure it is completely submerged. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove and let jar air dry.
Does lilikoi butter need to be refrigerated?
I would recommend once the lilikoi butter has cooled to room temperature, it be stored in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze liliko’i butter?
Yes. I prefer to eat mine fresh, however it can be frozen for a few months.
What do I need to make lilikoi butter?
- Granulated sugar
- Lilikoi juice
- Unsalted butter
How to make lilikoi butter?
Place heat-proof bowl over a pot of boiling water, being careful not to let the bowl touch the water, to create a double boiler. Add eggs and sugar. Stir to combine. Then pour in lilikoi juice and continue to stir. Once well combined add butter. Continue to stir until liquid begins to thicken and able to coat the back of a spoon or about 10-15 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars and place lid. Let cool at room temperature. Once cool place in refrigerator.
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup lilikoi juice
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
- Place heat-proof bowl over a pot of boiling water, being careful not to let the bowl touch the water, to create a double boiler.
- Add eggs and sugar. Stir to combine.
- Then pour in lilikoi juice and continue to stir.
- Once well combined add butter. Continue to stir until liquid begins to thicken and able to coat the back of a spoon or about 10-15 minutes.
- Pour in to sterilized jars and place lid. Let cool at room temperature. Once cool place in refrigerator.
*Enjoy lilikoi butter on toast, bagels, muffins, as tart/cheesecake fillings.
*Lilikois are best juiced by placing a strainer on a bowl and pressing the pulp through to catch the juice.
*If you do not have fresh lilikoi, you can supplement for store bought lilikoi puree. Dilute by adding water to desired consistency.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g
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