25 April, 2007

Fijian dishes : Freshly baked coconut buns

Coconut buns is a favourite for Fijians and whoever has tried it. The recipe is just about the same as one for preparing ordinary buns but with coconut milk poured over the buns before baking. Here is a recipe for freshly baked coconut buns or "bani vakalolo" as we call them in Fijian, which I found on this website http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/. Ingredients
  • 4 cups plain flour;
  • 3 tsp fresh yeast;
  • 1/4 cup sugar;
  • 2 oz melted butter;
  • 1 beaten egg;
  • 1.5 cups of milk warmed to tepid;
  • 2 cups of quality coconut milk at room temperature.


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F;
  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon of the sugar and the yeast in the warmed milk;
  • Sieve the flour into a large bowl or Kitchen Aid bowl and stir in the sugar;
  • Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg, melted butter and the milk/yeast mixture;
  • Mix the ingredients to form a dough that no longer sticks to the bowl;
  • Knead by hand on a lightly floured board, or using the dough attachment on the Kitchen Aid, until the dough is smooth and shiny;
  • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic film;
  • Leave in a warm place for an hour until the dough has doubled in size;
  • Return the dough to the floured board and punch down using your fists;
  • Divide the dough into 32 equal pieces and roll each into a ball shape;
  • Oil a 10" round cake tin with sides at least 2" high;
  • Pack the dough balls into the tin and leave in a warm place for a second rising;
  • Again, the dough should double in size;
  • Pour the coconut milk over the buns until it reaches the top of the buns;
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes until golden brown and cooked through;

Best served warm.

If anyone wants to promote some of your Fijian or Indian recipes on the Internet, e-mail us a recipe and your contacts and we will post it on the blog for you. Send your e-mail to gilbertv@connect.com.fj. As our blog has rising readership on the Internet, you would have a good opportunity to profile your recipe and business.

1 comment:

beauty said...

So glad to have found this site, as ive being wanting the receipe for coconut buns..I will be trying it this week..