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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

JAMZ' TALKS: Panipopo For Your Holidays

The ultra-delicious Samoan panipopo or coconut bun that's a must for
your holiday menu this year as well as forever...  (Photo:  SamoaFood.com)

(PSSSST!... Today is a special day for my blog because it is being guest blogged by a friend very skilled in the Samoan mea'ai/food realm.  Here is our friend Seta Rijkhoff of
SamoaFood.com .)

     Talofa lava everyone, and thanks to Jamztoma for this opportunity. Because of creatives like him we can experience our culture in new and refreshing ways so I hope he keeps the poetry flowing.  It’s that season again and here's a treat that is perfect for making while it’s snowing outside. There’s nothing more satisfying than pulling a hot tray of panipopo from the oven and tearing into it with your loved ones. So here is my recipe for the panipopo. It does take some time, but the results are well worth it. If you’re short of time, then simply use frozen rolls and once they’ve risen, pour the coconut sauce over them and bake.  It doesn’t really matter how you go about it. The important thing, for any food you make, is that it’s made and shared with love.
Happy baking everybody, and let me also take this opportunity to wish all of you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday season.  Once the panipopo is all done, it is best served with tea or hot chocolate.  

Manuia le Kerisimasi ma le Tausaga Fou!!!  

One last thing: Please spare a thought for Samoa that has been hit hard by Cyclone Evan. Four to five thousand people in Samoa are now homeless and lacking basic facilities. So if you can, please donate to Red Cross New Zealand or ADRA whose first response teams are on the ground in Samoa at this very moment.  Fa’afetai tele lava.

Panipopo – Sweet Coconut Buns (makes 12)
1 package (2 and ¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water or milk
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2½ - 3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour

Put the yeast and water/milk in a large bowl and leave for 10 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients and mix to form a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 to 20 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and leave to double in volume. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the buns and place in an ungreased baking tin. Cover and leave to rise until almost doubled. While the buns are rising, preheat your oven to 190°C/375°F, and make your coconut sauce.

Coconut sauce:
½ can canned or fresh coconut milk
½ can water
½ cup sugar
Combine all ingredients well.
When the buns have doubled in size, pour the sauce over them. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the sauce is bubbling up around the edges. Let them cool at least a half hour before cutting into them. This gives the buns time to set up, and also gives the sauce a chance to thicken slightly.
Usually served upside down (sauce-side up) with generous helpings of sauce, but I like to eat them right side up, so I can grab the dry part with my hands, eat off the coconut-soaked part, and then re-dip the drier bread in the sauce as I work my way up the bun.

Youtube video on How to Make le Panipopo 
courtesy of SamoaFood.com

SamoaFood.com is a blog that celebrates Samoan food and offers Samoan-inspired recipes. You’ll find ingredient notes, cultural tidbits, and of course, lots of recipes. It also features interviews with acclaimed chefs and those that are doing great things with food in the islands. Drop by SamoaFood.com or our FB page anytime you need a Samoan food fix or want to create those classic Samoan dishes that with just one bite, take you back to our beautiful islands of Samoa.


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Fa'afetai tele atu lava to SamoaFood.com for their willingness to be featured on my blog this month.  Yes, you should try the panipopo it is so delicious and well-suited for your holiday's (whether it is Christmas, Hannukah, and/or Kwanzaa) menu.  Malo lava SamoaFood.com, this was truly entertaining as well as mouth-watering.  :)

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