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Following the tradition of English steamed puddings, Samoan puligi is a unique combination of coconut caramel and traditional holiday spices. It's texture is soft and springy and the crumb is moist.
When I was growing up, puligi was a real treat. Firstly, there were not many people who had the time to make it. Traditionally steamed, a large puligi could take up to four hours from start to finish. In addition, the puligi ingredients were not in everyone's cupboards in those days. Heavens knows how cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves ended up on the islands (I'm guessing, missionaries?), but looking over the ingredient list, nothing is native to Samoa except for coconut milk. These days, even though steamed puligi is still ideal, some people bake puligi to save time. As for the ingredients, well, if they're not already in your cupboards, they can be found in any local supermarket.
The puligi is done when you test the centre of it with a wooden skewer and the skewer comes out clean. Gently loosen the sides of the puligi with a knife, and turn it out immediately onto a wire rack to cool, with the right side up to prevent cracking.