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Wed, Jun 08 2016 post by Tina From mommyskitchen.net

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}

Pani Popo is a soft, semi sweet, Samoan coconut bun, baked in a delicious creamy coconut sauce. This shortcut recipe is super simple to make using Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}Hi everyone, this is Tina visiting again from Mommy's Kitchen. Today I'm sharing a yummy dessert recipe that has quickly become a family favorite in our house. Ever since I was a kid I have always loved just about any type of ethnic cuisine.
   

My dad was in the Air Force and we were lucky enough to be stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Oahu, Hawaii for 10 years. Hawaii really was one of the most beautiful places a kid could call home. For me Hawaii was like summertime all year round.

Besides the beautiful weather and scenery, Hawaii also has the most delicious food.Living in Hawaii meant that I was exposed to a variety of ethnic foods, Samoan, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian and even Portuguese dishes. I learned to eat so many different dishes and I loved all of them. 

On the weekends I would go with my dad to different bakeries on the island and load up on fresh pan de sal, portuguese sweet bread, Malasadas, steamed rice cakes, Manapuas, red bean buns, coconut custard buns and so much more.   

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}Even though I lived in Hawaii for quite some time, I don't recall ever enjoying Pani Popo. What is Pani Popo you ask? Pani Popo is a soft, semi sweet coconut bun, baked in a delicious creamy coconut milk sauce. "Pani" means bun (not bread) and "Popo" means coconut. 

After the Pani Pop buns are finished baking you can see all the sweetened coconut sauce pooled in the bottom of the baking dish. This ooey-gooey custard sauce gives each of these buns a sticky, sweet underside. All I can say is these delicious coconut buns really are a little piece of heaven in a pan. 

Since finding this recipe I've made these buns twice in 2 weeks, and my daughter is already asking for me to make them again. This recipe for Pani Popo is super simple to make, using this shortcut recipe that I found on the Rhodes Bread website. 

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}You'll only need only a few ingredients to make these simple coconut buns, Rhodes white dinner rolls, sugar, flour, unsweetened coconut milk, and coconut flakes. The coconut is optional, so feel free to leave it out if you prefer, but my daughter loves the addition of coconut flakes.  

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}To start, place 12-15 frozen Rhodes dinner rolls in rows of three in a sprayed 13 x  9 inch baking pan. Cover pan with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non stick spray. 

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}Allow the rolls to thaw and rise until double in size. 

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, coconut flakes, and coconut milk, mix well and set aside. 

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}Remove the plastic wrap from risen rolls and pour the 3/4 of the coconut milk mixture evenly over the rolls (making sure to coat each roll completely).  

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}Bake the rolls (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and pour the remaining coconut milk mixture over the baked rolls. Let the rolls cool for 30 minutes, before serving. The coconut mixture will thicken as the rolls cool.

Shortcut Pani Popo {Sweetened Coconut Buns}Serve the Pani Popo warm from the pan, spooning out some of the delicious coconut custard sauce, and spreading it on top of each of the buns as you plate them. 

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Shortcut Pani Popo (Sweet Coconut Buns)

Servings: 6-9 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 5 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 30 min

Shortcut Pani Popo (Sweet Coconut Buns)
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Ingredients

15 – 18 Rhodes dinner rolls
1 cup raw or granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

Instructions

Place frozen rolls in rows of three in a sprayed 13x9 inch baking pan.

Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non stick spray.

Allow the rolls to thaw and rise until double in size.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, flaked coconut, and coconut milk, mix well and set aside.

Remove the plastic wrap from risen rolls and pour 3/4th of the coconut milk mixture evenly over the rolls (making sure to coat each roll completely).
Bake the rolls (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and cooked through.

Remove from oven and pour the remaining coconut milk mixture over the baked rolls. Let the rolls cool for 30 minutes, before serving. The coconut mixture will thicken as the rolls cool.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Warm the buns for 30 seconds to 1 minute on a microwave safe plate.

Cook’s Note: One loaf of Rhodes frozen bread dough can be substituted for frozen dinner rolls. Thaw the bread, roll into a 9x18 rectangle. Starting at the longest end, roll up the dough tightly (like a jelly roll).
Using a serrated knife or string, cut the rolls into 1 – 1.5 inch pieces and place in a 13x9 inch baking pan. Continue with recipe above for rising and baking. Cutting the rolls similar to cinnamon rolls will allow the coconut milk mixture to sink into all the layers of each roll.

3 Comments

Linda said on Jun 10, 2016
Would it be possible to substitute the Rhodes dinner rolls with the already made King's Hawaiian sweet rolls & then pour the sauce over it before they are put in the oven. Just wondering if that would work & even make it an even more of a shortcut. Thanks!
Tabitha said on Jun 15, 2016
I am not a fan of coconut but these sound like a delightful idea. Have you ever substituted some other fruit like cherries or strawberries? Or maybe just pecans?
Tina Butler said on Jun 16, 2016
Hi Tabitha!
The Coconut Flakes are optional, so you can leave it out of the recipe and it is still delicious.
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