As per request here is the recipe we use in our household to satisfy not only our cravings but a small mass of people. If you have never had Pani Popo (or even if you have), I suggest you make this recipe! It’ll be a hit with everyone and you can claim you’re a masterchef of all polynesian recipes…(remember this post). Why don’t you invite some friends over and have your own little luau?
So what are Pani Popo? In english (the way I have to say it because I can’t pull off speaking Samoan) they’re Coconut buns. They are a deliciously sweet, sticky bun. It’s said that they originated in the Samoa. I’m not an expert or anything but I’ll take it because then it’s something else I can claim comes from my heritage.
The buns are soft and doughy and get baked in a coconut sauce so good it will make you want to lick the plate. Not that I’ve done that before… do do do do do do….*Side glance*
Please note: You will need a large baking tray for this or 2 regular sized dishes. This recipe should make up to 25 small buns.
Ingredients for Buns:
5 ½ to 6 ½ cups plain all purpose flour
1 packet yeast, 7g (¼oz)
2 ¼ cups milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter 30g (1oz)
1 tsp salt
- Add half the flour with the yeast into a bowl and mix.
- Heat the milk in a saucepan stirring constantly, add sugar, butter and salt till warm and butter has just about melted. Do not let it boil.
- Add the wet mixture to flour and yeast mix the combination slowly, being sure to scrape up the bits on the edge of the bowl.
- Add the rest of the flour until you get a good doughy texture that is easy to pull but not dry. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes. Be careful not to use too much flour or your bread will turn out dense and heavy.
- Shape the dough into a large ball.
- Coat the ball in canola oil.
- Place the ball in a large bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and place in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
- Flatten down the dough and make into little balls… or to pretty them up, roll out the balls into snakes and then make a swirl shape.
- Place the balls into a large ungreased baking dish, cover and let rise for another 10 minutes while you make the sauce.
2 cans coconut milk
1 cup sugar
- Combine the coconut cream and sugar then pour over the buns. Simple!
- Bake at 190°C (375°F) for 20 minutes.
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