Pani Popo delicious Samoan Coconut buns made with fresh coconut and coconut milk and sugar, great as breakfast or dessert.
If you are interested know more about Samoan food then this site will be a good. I have a weakness to coconut and its derivatives, and love to try whenever I get a chance. Pani Popo (in Samoa, pani means buns and popo means coconut). Buns are baked with coconut milk sauce and the resulting baked buns have a coconut milk dunked bottom side. And it tastes great. I read lot of recipes and watched this you tube video.
Pani Popo: Samoan Coconut Milk Buns
- For bun
- 1 cup 160g Bread flour
- 1 cup 141 g All purpose flour
- 1 ¼ teaspoon Instant yeast
- ½ tbsp 8g Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¾ cup 171g Warm Milk
- 1 ½ tablespoon Water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon of sweetened coconut
- For Sauce
- ½ cup thick coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- 3 tablespoon of confectioners sugar or powdered sugar
- If you are using active dry yeast you need to proof the yeast with milk and sugar. I used instant yeast so skipped that part.
- Heat milk in microwave safe bowl to 30 seconds or it reaches lukewarm temperature. In the warm milk add butter so that it melts and set aside.
- In bowl of kitchenaid stand mixer add in the 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix and knead the dough milk and water for form a smooth dough.
- Transfer the dough to lightly greased bowl for double in size, it takes about 90 minutes.
- Prepare and grease an a round baking pan and set aside.
- Once the dough is doubled in size remove from bowl and divide it into 8 round balls. Place them in the baking pan, cover and let it rest again until double in size.
- In the meantime, make coconut milk sauce by mixing the coconut milk with water and 3 tbsp of confectioners sugar and set aside. ( if you want you can slightly warm the coconut milk in microwave for about 15 seconds for uniform mixing of sugar)
- By the end of second rising, preheat the oven to 350F.
- when you are ready to bake, pour the sauce all over the buns and sprinkle the sweetened coconut over the buns and bake for about 30 minutes or they become golden brown color and register the internal temperature of 190 F.
- Serve warm with upside down, that is coconut sauce side on the top
- It is delicious.
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.