Ranch Recipe: Ham and Cheese ‘Ulu Croissant

At Hāna Ranch, we’re all about experimenting and creating fun recipes with with ‘ulu! Our baking and pastry manager, Val Yeager, recently shared her Ham and Cheese ‘Ulu Croissant with our team.

‘Ulu, which is the Hawaiian name for breadfruit, is named for the texture of the cooked moderately ripe fruit, which has a potato-like flavor similar to freshly baked bread. Check out Val’s Ham and Cheese ‘Ulu Croissant recipe below, and let us know what you think!

Ham and Cheese ‘Ulu Croissant

Makes 40 croissants.


8 ounces milk
2 teaspoons yeast
2.5 cups ulu, ripened
3 tablespoons sugar
5 cups flour
1 pound butter
1 egg
8 ounces ham
8 ounces gruyere cheese


1.  Heat milk and let cool until lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in milk.
2. Add all remaining ingredients except butter. Mix into smooth dough.
3. Let dough rise and ferment for one hour.
4. Roll dough out onto a flat pan and rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
5. Roll the dough into a rectangle about 3 times as long as it is wide.
6. Smear the butter over two-thirds of the length of the dough.
7. Fold the unbuttered third over the center third.
8. Fold the remaining third on top. Rest the dough in the refrigerator.
9. Roll the dough out into a rectangle and fold over in thirds.
10. Refrigerate and repeat three times until butter is rolled-in.
11. Cut dough into triangles and wrap ham and cheese into dough.
12. Brush egg wash on the top of each triangle and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

To see more of Val’s cooking, visit her YouTube channel.