Sunday, 13 August 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 24

Suddenly I was craving for coconut bun. It was my favourite breakfast back home. Along with a mug of hot Milo, coconut bun tastes even greater. After 4 years, I had them for breakfast. For once I felt that I was at home. What a feeling!! For those who want to have the same feeling, here is the recipe...

Coconut Bun

What do we need:

2 cups plain flour
4 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp active dried yeast
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg

Coconut Filling
1 cup grated coconut
1/3 cup grated palm sugar (or more as per desired)
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp plain flour

Egg Wash
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water

How do we do it:

Whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Set aside.

Heat milk and butter until the butter melts and the mixture is about 50° C warm. Pour into the flour mixture. Also add the egg into the flour. Knead the dough until smooth and shiny. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Meanwhile, heat the water and palm sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the grated coconut and flour. Stir constantly until the mixture becomes soft paste. Remove from heat and let the coconut filling cool.

Punch down the dough and knead gently on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 12 equal sized balls. Flatten the each ball and fill with the completely cooled coconut filling and seal the bun neatly. Gently rotate the bun repeatedly until it forms a smooth-skinned ball. Place each bun into a greased baking dish. Cover the dish and let the buns rise again in a warm place until nearly double in size, approximately 45 minutes.

Beat together the egg yolk and water. Egg wash the buns. Bake in a preheated oven at 190° C for 20 minutes.


Anonymous said...

oooohhh...I like that. Going on my gotta-try list.


Long time no c. Do let me know of the outcome.

Krithika said...

Gorgeous ! My to-try list is increasing. This is a must-try. Actually this looks store-bought :-)

Thanx a lot. Please tell me how u like it.

Anonymous said...

Another fabulous recipe Pushpa. How do you know so many different recipes that involve baking? Have you grown up in Switzerland itself? I am asking bcos, as far as I have seen, baking is very rare in India.

Thank u very much. Well, I learnt my baking basics in school. Combined with my passion for baking, I always bake.

I moved to Switzerland just 4 years ago. I do not come from India. In fact, I've never been to India but I would very much love to visit the place wer my ancestors originated from. I was born & bred in Malaysia :o)

Vien said...

Is there any substitute for the palm sugar? Don't think the grocery stores in the bay area carry it.

U could use brown sugar or even plain white sugar instead.

Prema Sundar said...

wow.. the picture looks tempting to try out .will try out this week and let u know abt it.thanks for the recipe

Thank u very much & welcome to the blog. Itz my pleasure to share.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pushpa,
I'm Bawani. I ended up in your blog (don't remember how where I started from!!). Loved looking at your recipes. Roti Kelapa? I'm drooling here!! Used to get fresh from the bakery back at home or from the roti man comes by in the evening. Good Job, Pushpa!

Hello Bawani. Thank u very much & welcome to the blog. Very pleased to have a fellow M'sian guest.

Well Bawani, though our lives in M'sia is very mechanical, we are still very very convenient with everything. From food to entertainment and shopping at any time, any day at cheap prices too. Unlike the place tat I live now, from a-z itz diy and life is just too dear. The good thing with this is tat I have improved my cooking & baking skills tremenduosly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pus,

Nice Roti Kelapa remind me of my childhood time. Always had this roti from the Bai.

Hi Siti,

Thank u very much. Yes, this brings me back to my days back home in M'sia.

Menu Today said...

Hi Puspha,
Nice buns. Thanx for sharing.

Thanx a lot. Itz my pleasure to share.

Unknown said...

Pushpa! The buns look straight out of a professional baker's kitchen- i cant help but admire your baking skills :)

Though they look like they came out of a pro's kitchen, the actual fact is tat they came out from an amateur baker's tiny little kitchen. Thank u very much, anyway.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks really awesome! I could just eat a bun now...

Many thanx to u.

indianadoc said...

I feel like rhyming the old nursery rhyme,"Pushpa,Pushpa, Bake me a bun..."Taking inspiration from u guys I'm planning to slowly tread on my not so much trodden path of baking...

Hey Shynee,

Thatz so cute. :o)Yay!! thatz the way, gurl. Slowly but surely. ;o)

Anonymous said...

That bun looks very yummy,pushpa & now i am tempted to try out the coconut bun recipe from my cookbook;)he!he!he!

Thank u Paati. Since u have a breadmachine, itz even easier to prepare the dough. My breadmachine too makes my life very much easier. Now, waiting to c some buns in ur blog.

Bay_leaf said...

That looks good, Push! back home we call this Pan de Coco.

Thanx Eva. Yeah, which literally means "Coconut Bread". Well, actually I started craving for coconut buns after seeing the coconut paus tat u bought from the Asian Shop in Ostermundigen the other day. :o)

indosungod said...

Pushpa what great looking coconut buns, should get inspiration from you and start baking, what a pleasure.

Thanx a lot Indhu. Come on, get started NOW!!!

diddy said...

puspha! This looks great! Did you grate your own coconut or buy the flaked kind that comes in a bag? I've only bought the bagged kind because I have no idea how to open a coconut! Hopefully the dessicated kind could be substituted?

Thank u Diddy. Err... emm... hehehe I used desiccated coconut. Just cook it extra time to hydrate it. Stir in the flour when the coconut is soft enuf.

Sudha said...

Pushpa the coconut bun looks so good..cant resist it,im gonna try them very soon..till then im taking one from the plate ..seriya..

Thanx a lot, Sudha. Seri seri eduthukungge.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pushpa,

YUMMY!!!!!We used to get a different variety of coconut bun in Iyengar Bakery (as most bakeries r known in chennai :)I love coconut bun. I used to finish school and cycle down to the bakery almost everyday to have coconut bun and veg puff :)Thanks for sharing this recipe. It got back wonderful memories. After checking out the recipes in ur blog only now I have got the inspiration to bake a variety cos before my baking skills were very limited.Thanks once again for sharing amazing recipes. Great Job!!!!Keep it up!!!


Hi Anu

Thank u very much. I'm glad that I brought u down the memory lane. It is always my pleasure to share.

Anonymous said...

Hi, is that 2 cups of bread flour or plain flour? Thanks!

Ooppss... sorry. I have missed it out. Thanx for pointing it out. I have ammended the recipe. Itz plain flour.

Priya Bhaskaran said...

Pushpa, this is one of my favorite to have with tea in the evening back home. I remember those school days were I drive in my cycle (bike) to a bakery to get this coconut bun:) Will try for sure:)

Wow!! looks like this is a fav of many. I'm very happy to have posted it. Do let me know of the outcome.

Maneka Nirmal said...

hey pushpa..
pls don't warm-up my cravings..the bun looks so yummy....hmmmmmm

hehehehe Thank u very much, Maneka.

Anonymous said...

Wow! This looks just like one of my favorite breads from the local bakeries here called pan de coco. Thanks for posting the recipe...I may now be able to make it at home! :)

Thank u very much & welcome to the blog, Joey. Itz my pleasure.

Flower said...

Even since I moved to Perth last Dec, dah lama tak makan roti kelapa. Eventhough it is not one of my favourite, as some bloggers have mentioned it previously, it remind me of childhood.

Thanx bunga. I pun dah 4 tahun tak dapat nak makan roti kelapa. I feel so relieved now. I'm glad tat I was able to take u back to ur childhood for a while.

Anonymous said...

Looks usual! And simple too. Thanks for the visit and the welcome. I am the one who asked about the mascarpone on your 'Tiramisu' post...Have been a regular at your site for some time now.

Thanx to u too for being a regular visitor. I'm still wondering which one is ur blog & what ur name is. Would u shed some light?

RP said...

I haven't made any types of bun in my kitchen yet! Tempting pictures...

Thank u, RP. Y don't u start baking them, then?

Monisha said...

Hi Pushpa

Great recipe ! Thanks for sharing. At first glance when I saw the photo - I thought it looked like a 'Pork Bun', but instead of a savory filling your recipe has a sweet, delicious, 'coconuty' one. I would definetely love to try this recipe and tweak the fillings a lil bit and see what happens :) !

Hi Monisha,

Thank u very much. I do love savoury buns but not pork buns as I'm not a pork eater. Do let me know how u liked the buns.

KA said...

Great recipe Pushpa! This is on my must try list
anything with it!!

Thanx a lot KA. Pls let me know of the outcome.

Have u noticed tat we both have some similarities in taste? ;o)

Anonymous said...

They look so professional Pushpa! Wish I could grab one. :)

Thank u very much.

WhItE_PoPlAr said...

This bun tastes really good. Thanks for sharing! :)

Thanx to u too, friend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Puspha,

Apa khabar? Saya pun sudah lama tak makan roti kelapa. I´m going to bake this bun tomorrow for my weekend indulge :) One question - will this bun still remain soft after a few days old?? I like buns which are very soft. Will feedback to you how mine turns out later. Thank you so much for bringing me down the memory of my fav. buns!

rlf said...

hello, one of my the Philippines we call it Pan de coco.

Welcome to the blog, Rely. Yeah, I've heard this Spanish word.

Anonymous said...

The coconut bun looks really good. I must make this for my family. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hi pushpa!
You have a great blog! Came here from Ashas blog! Loved your bun recipe! This is a must try for me!:))

starry said...

Thank you so much for posting this used to be one of my favorites when i was growing up.Comfort food indeed.

Unknown said...

Suanne- Thanx a lot.

Latha- Welcome to u. Many thanx for the compliments.

Starry Nights- Gosh... now that everybodyz talking bout the buns, I gotta make them again. Anyway, thank u.

Anonymous said...

check this out:)

Mishmash ! said...

Pushpa...a quick question...Is it ok if I make the dough the previous day..i mean till the shaping the dough into balls and use it the next day ? will it work..?

Unknown said...

Cookie- Thanx for the link.

mishmash !- No, it won´t as the yeast wuld turn into alchohol. Resulting into an alchohol tasting dough.

Y don´t u prepare the filling earlier? U can refigerate or freeze it.

Anonymous said...

i just tried this recipe, but my buns did not rise up like yours, it's not like a bread bun...
i followed the recipe exactly. do you know why it did not rise like yours?

Unknown said...

I eat this buns in a Chinese Restaurant. I look for the recipe and did it myself. They came good the only problem was to put the filling inside and closed the bun doesn't get the round shape to well.
Anyways, I love them.
Thanks for the recipe.

Unknown said...

Anonymous- Probably the yeast tat u used were dead or ur room temperature wasn't high enuf for the yeast to be active. Y not u try it out again & let me know of the outcome?

Yolanda- Thank u soo much for trying the recipe. Practice makes perfect!!

Mixuet said...

Hi Pushpa, I live in Indiana. Any idea how long can these buns keep on room temperature?

jabsdesigntips said...

Pushpa! The buns look straight out of a professional baker's kitchen- i cant help but admire your baking skills :)

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