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    Easy Pani Popo, Samoan Coconut Bread

    Easy Pani Popo, Samoan Coconut Bread. Photo by ChamoritaMomma

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    1 hr 25 mins

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    25 mins

    ChamoritaMomma's Note:

    I found this recipe off of the Rhodes website. I just love this bread, but don't want to go through the tedious task of making it from scratch. This is a faster way to enjoy this island favorite.

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    Serves: 18



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    1. 1
      Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Line the 18 rolls (3 across and 6 down), and set aside to let rise according to package directions.
    2. 2
      In a saucepan, add the coconut milk, fill the can with water and add to saucepan, add the sugar. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until all the clumps are gone, set aside. Bring the coconut sauce to a boil add the cornstarch mixture. Simmer for about 3 minutes (sauce will thicken a little), then remove sauce from heat.
    3. 3
      Bake rolls. After 10 minutes take rolls out of oven and pour the coconut sauce over the rolls till 1/2 to 3/4 of each bun is covered in sauce. Place the rolls back in the oven and continue baking the rolls with the sauce until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.
    4. 4
      Remove pan and allow a few minutes to cool. Serve warm.
    5. 5
      Left over sauce can be used to smother rolls when served individually or just make a second pan of Pani Popo.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 14, 2012

      I was so excited to try this recipe today. But my bread didn't come out right at all. The rolls only brown at the caps and the rest of the rolls are soggy and the coconut cream didn't absorb into the bread :( I think it might be the cornstarch making the cream too thick? That said, I am not going to give this recipe any star today until I can try again and see if it was just me. Also, I would reduce the sugar to 3/4 the next time as 1 full cup was too sweet and I didn't even use half of the sauce.

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    • on June 04, 2013


      My coconut syrup wasn't as thick as I would have liked; maybe because I used lite coconut milk or should have cooked it longer? Anyway, next time, I think I'll only put in only 1/2 can of water, if that. Also, it's important that the top of roles actually be medium-brown, not lightly golden. If you take them out when only lightly golden, they'll be too mushy. Much better cooked a little longer. We really liked this with our conch fritters and rice&beans. Different and couldn't be easier. BTW, start making that coconut sauce as soon as the rolls go in the oven; don't wait.

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    • on December 24, 2009


      My family loves these rolls. Made them for Thanksgiving 2 years in a row and they were a hit. I've made pagi popo from scratch, but this recipe takes all the fuss out of it by using frozen rolls. Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Pani Popo, Samoan Coconut Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (119 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 18

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 392.2
    Calories from Fat 82
    Total Fat 9.1 g
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    Cholesterol 3.4 mg
    Sodium 469.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 68.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
    Sugars 27.2 g
    Protein 9.6 g

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