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Pani Popo or Coconut bread on a baking pan.
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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 239 kcal
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


  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

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%
Calcium 34mg3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.