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Pani Popo or Coconut bread on a baking pan.

Coconut Bread

These Coconut Bread are sweet buns baked in glorious coconut milk and turn out as tasty, delicate and moist. You are going to pull out a piece one after another.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Samoan
Keyword Coconut Bread
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 239kcal
Author sanna


  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water 110-115 F
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 and 1/2 cups to 3 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour

For the Coconut Liquid

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of the sugar. Let this stand for 5 minutes or until mixture is foamy. Add the coconut milk, melted butter, egg, the remaining sugar, milk powder and salt. Stir everything using a wooden spoon.
  • Gradually add 3 and 1/2 cups of flour and continue mixing until incorporated. Add just enough of the remaining flour until a soft, shaggy dough that gathers in the center is formed. 
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-12 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic. Place it in a bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour, until the size is doubled.
  • Punch the dough down. Divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and arrange in a 9x 13-inch pan that is lightly greased or lined with parchment paper. Let the rolls rise for 45 minutes, covered with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the tops of the rolls with coconut milk and stir in the powdered sugar to the remaining coconut milk. Pour thesugar-coconut milk mixture to the pan , tilting the pan so that the liquid gets evenly distributed. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden.  Serve warm.


Nutrition Facts
Coconut Bread
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg