Pani Popo (Samoan Sweet Bread)

"Pani popo is a Samoan sweet roll that has coconut (and if you like, pineapple) on the bottom. It is very popular throughout the islands, as many islands make different variations of the dish. Keeping your hands moist, will help with kneading the dough."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour and yeast.
  • In a saucepan heat and stir milk;.
  • sugar, shortening, margarine, or butter; and salt til warm and.
  • shortening almost melts.
  • Add to flour mixture.
  • Beat with an electric.
  • mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.
  • Using a spoon, stir in as much remaining flour as you can to make a moderately.
  • stiff dough that is smooth and easy to pull - 6-8 minutes.
  • Shape in a ball and put in a.
  • greased bowl.
  • Turn it on both sides to grease the whole ball of dough.
  • Cover and let rise in the oven on the top rack and below it in a pan put some hot water. (The steam from the hot water will help it to rise) about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down.
  • Roll 18 balls and cover for 10 minutes while you make the following milk mixture.
  • Mix 2 cans of coconut milk with 1 cup of sugar. (Add more sugar if.
  • you like it sweeter.).
  • In 2 13x9x2 pans, pour in half of the milk.
  • mixture in each pan, put in 9 bread rolls on top (or you can make the.
  • rolls smaller to make more rolls).
  • Bake at 375 degrees in the oven.
  • for 20 minutes or until bread tests done.

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  1. I love these rolls! My boyfriend is Samoan and introduced me to pagi popo one Thanksgiving and I've been hooked ever since. I had never made them until I came aross your recipe. Shared them with some family members and they LOVED them. They especially liked the sweet coconutty part. I did knead the dough a bit too much and the rolls came out a little hard, but it didn't stop anyone from eating them up. :) I will definitely have to make these again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
  2. Yummo! My mum use to make these all the time with cocoa rice. Great recipe!!!!


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