Pai Fala – Traditional Samoan Half Moon Pies

Today we are going to cook a very traditional dessert recipe from a very tiny place
located in the South Pacific Ocean called American Samoa. We are using traditional pineapple filling and it tastes heavenly.

Paifala- Traditional Samoan Half Moon Pie

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American Samoa
Keyword: American Samoa, Butter, Coconut Milk, Flour, Paifala, Pie, Pineapple Pie, Salt, Samoa Food, Samoan
Servings: 5 people


Pie Crust

  • 3 cups Flour (350 g)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 75 g Butter
  • 240 ml Coconut Milk
  • 1 pinch Salt


  • 2 cups Drained Crushed Pineapple
  • 200 g Sugar
  • 120 ml Milk
  • 30 g Cornstarch
  • 80 ml Syrup from crushed pineapple



  • Mix the pineapple, sugar, and milk in a saucepan and heat until simmering.
  • Dilute the cornstarch with the pineapple juice and add this to the pineapple mixture.
  • Stir it over low heat for 1-2 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and cool.

Pie Crust

  • Add Flour, Baking Powder, Butter, Coconut Milk and Salt in a bowl and mix. When it starts to come together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and press it together. Don’t knead this dough or it’ll be chewy and tough.
  • Cut dough into 5 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into an 8” (20cm) circle.
  • Put some of your cooled pineapple filling into the center. But pay attention to how much you put in – too much and the pie will burst in the oven, too little and people will complain. The recipe above makes just enough for five pies.
  • Lightly wet the edges of the pie crust with water, and then fold one half of the pie over the other. Press the edges together with your fingers or, if you wanna be fancy, with a fork. Pierce the top of the pie several times then bake at 375°F (190°C) for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool.


Recipe Credit : Panipopos

Image Credit : Panipopos

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