Pani Popo (Hawaiian Coconut Bread)

    2 hours 40 mins

    Delicious Hawaiian bread that anyone will love - even those who don't like coconut! Eat it for desert or with any meat hot off the grill. Taste great warm or cool.

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    Makes: 12 

    • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen dinner rolls, thawed
    • 1 (10 ounce) can coconut milk
    • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
    • 3/4 cup white sugar, or to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr rising  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

    1. Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Coat your hands with cooking spray or shortening, and roll the dough balls in your hands so that they have a light coating. Place in the prepared dish. Set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, up to 2 hours.
    2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Pour this mixture over the top of the rolls as evenly as you can.
    3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before separating and serving.

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    Pani Popo ((Samoan Coconut Bread)) the name Pani Popo is Samoan and this is a SAMOAN dessert!!! Never has & never will be a Hawaiian creation. Give credit where credit is due!  -  18 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This dish is SUPPOSED to be soggy on the bottom! It's meant to be a sweet, sticky dessert - that's the beauty of it. I grew up in Hawaii and all the professionals' pani popo is wet and sticky. So enjoy and don't get discouraged!  -  29 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is so yummy! I agree that the amount of rolls called for is too few (or the pan should be smaller). I used 12 rolls in a 9" x 13" with the saucy mixture called for, and it turned out wonderfully; I can't imagine that much liquid for only 6 rolls. I will probably use a bit less sugar next time, but overall I loved it. Rich, but not overpowering.  -  11 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)