Sweet Coconut Buns
Pan de Coco
What is Pan de Coco
A sweet soft bun stuffed with sweetened coconut fillings. It’s one of the most popular bread that is sold in every bakery in the Philippines. Pan literally means bread or buns and Coco is short for coconut. The name suggests that it’s Spanish…but is it? After searching and googling the roots of Pan de Coco, it turned out that Spanish settlers brought it to the Philippines in 1600 from Honduras in Central America. The Honduran version is slightly different, they mixed the coconut with the dough bread not stuffed with it and it’s not as sweet as the Filipino version …So I guess Filipino version is our own in many ways.
My earliest memory of Pan de Coco
I can’t remember right now…HAHA! Joke lang. We were pretty poor when I was growing up so we never bought much, my dad was a taxi driver and what he earnt that day was enough to pay the rent of the car, some for our food that evening and the next day until he comes home. I remember when my mama having some spare change, I would run to the bakery and buy 1 bun or 2 if we had enough. One of the best snacks ever! When my children saw the video of us cooking together, they wanted to make some Pan de Coco again! So I guess I have passed it on to them.
Let’s talk about ingredients
I used plain flour and a small amount of bread flour but you can use all plain flour if you prefer. I thought adding some bread flour will make the buns a little stringy which is something I prefer. I used fast active yeast in packets.
TIP! Please check the expiration date of your yeast as I made a huge mistake in using an expired yeast before, it means that what I was baking at the time (ensaymada) did not rise which was disappointing.
For the milk, I used fresh whole milk but you can use evaporated milk too.
Do I need a stand alone mixer?
No, you don’t need a stand alone mixer, you can mix your ingredients in a bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix them all or your hands then when the dough comes together you can start kneading the dough in a clean surface dusted with some flour so that the dough does not stick.
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