Pani Popo (Samoan Coconut Buns)

Recipe by aimadeitforyou.comCourse: Sides, LunchCuisine: PasifikaDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

1

hour 
Cooking time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • BREAD
  • ¼ cup / 60g lukewarm water

  • 2¼ teaspoons / 7g active dry yeast

  • 3½ cups / 420g flour

  • 1¼ teaspoons / 7g fine sea salt

  • ¼ cup / 50g sugar (of choice)

  • ¼ cup / 57g coconut oil, melted

  • ½ can / 200ml coconut milk

  • SWEET COCONUT SAUCE
  • ½ can / 200ml coconut milk

  • ½ cup / 75g sugar (of choice)

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine lukewarm water, sugar, yeast, and set aside for about 5 minutes until the mixture is frothy.2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add coconut milk, melted coconut oil, and the yeast mixture.
  • Mix the ingredients together until it comes together, and take it out onto a clean surface. Knead for about 5 minutes until it forms a smooth ball. Put the dough in a large bowl greased with coconut oil, cover, and let it rise about an hour until it’s doubled in size.
  • Gently deflate the dough in the bowl and take it out onto your work surface. Separate the dough into 12 equal balls. Place the balls in a 9×13 inch pan greased with coconut oil, cover, and let it rise again for about 45 minutes.
  • While the buns are rising, make the sweet coconut sauce. In a small bowl, combine coconut milk and sugar. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Pour about ⅔ of the sweet coconut sauce over the buns and bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Once the buns come out of the oven, pour the rest of the coconut milk mixture over the top.