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November 1, 2011

Coconut Rolls



Hope you all had (or are having..) a great Halloween and did not spend the day like me, at home supposedly ‘studying’ but of course, not getting much work done 😉 It’s at these times of the years (right before exams) that my list of things to bake suddenly grows exponentially- and I’m not even kidding, I’m filling out pages of my notebook with ‘things to bake after exams’. And I’m not even including the things that I might like to bake!

The list itself doesn’t consist of much bread this time around. This is probably because I haven’t been to an Asian bakery for a while now and lack a bit of inspiration- I love walking into Breadtop, looking at their overpriced buns and just imagining how easy it would be for me to make the same thing at home!!

I’ve said that I’m getting back into bread baking, but since I haven’t been to an Asian bakery for a while now, these buns are taken from my second source of bread inspiration, cookbooks. I was surprised to find a recipe for baked coconut rolls in my mum’s Chinese yum-cha recipe book, though a lot of the recipes in the book were for things you don’t normally find at yum cha

 I was pretty happy with the bun dough I used last time, especially since the dough was quick and easy to make so I stuck with that recipe and used the book for the shaping method. The cutting and twisting creates thin layers of bread, coated with a sweet coconut mixture which are similar to that of the coconut buns I normally make. These layers are thinner though, and so the texture of the bread doesn’t really shine though as much which means you don’t really need to go to all the effort of making very smooth bread, but may not be the perfect recipe for people who like the balance between the soft texture of bread and the  sweet coconut filling (like my parents). I personally prefer this version, as I love the crispiness and stronger taste of the baked coconut- and I think it looks prettier too! 😉

Coconut Twist Rolls

Recipe for bread dough from Køkken69

6gm Active Dry East
160gm Bread Flour
40gm Plain Flour
50gm Sugar
2gm Salt
50gm Water
1 Egg
40gm Butter

3 eggs, beaten
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup sugar

1. Mix water roux ingredients together in a bowl. Cover bowl with cling wrap and store in fridge for 12 hours.
2. In a mixer fitted with a bread hook, add flour, yeast, sugar, egg and water. Start mixing at slow speed for 2 mins. Add salt and continue to knead until dough lifts from the wall of the mixing bowl.
3. Add (1) and continue to knead for 3 mins.
4. Add butter and increasing kneading speed to speed 4.
5. Continue kneading for 15 mins on speed 4 until dough is no longer sticky and does not break when pulled to perform window test.
6. Place dough in a slightly oiled bowl. Cover with cling wrap and leave to proof in a warm area for 45mins.
7. Divide the dough into 10 portions and then roll them into small balls. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes, then roll them into a long oval shape and let rest for another 3 minutes.
8. Fold the relaxed dough pieces in half and cut 4-5 slashes with a bread knife into strips (I didn’t bother with the folding in half, I just cut 4-5 lines on the dough).
9. Lightly whisk together the 3 eggs into a bowl. Stretch the dough and dip the dough in the egg until fully covered.
10. Sprinkle the coconut and sugar onto a dish and place the egg coated strips into sugar and coconut mixture. Cover both sides of the dough with the mixture.
11. Stretch the strips gently and roll in an anticlockwise direction. Do not roll too tightly.
12. Tie the rolled strips into knots. The knots should be loose rather than tight.
13. Place the rolls one a tray and let rise for ~1 hour
14. Bake at 230C for ~8 minutes or until golden in colour

* The dough stretches itself very easily, so you don’t really need to put much effort into pulling the dough
* The original recipe was for much smaller rolls (for a total of 20 rolls) so the amount of coconut/sugar/eggs is a bit too much for the amount I made- you probably want to use a bit less.
* I realise the instructions aren’t all that great, so I tried doing an illustration on paint here. I have not touched paint since primary school…don’t laugh!

In other news, Vondelicious! now has a facebook page!
So if you like my blog, feel free to hop over there and give me a facebook like! Thanks for your support!  🙂

To be honest, I’m not quite sure what it’s for, or what I can do with it, but I figured it might be useful someday since everyone else has one 😉


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  • Dumpling Girl

    Oh Von they look lovely, if I could just pick one up now, bliss. Coconut buns are the only Asian bakery bun that I eat.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM Reply
  • OohLookBel

    Ooh, how deliciously cute these are! I also like when you say that not much effort's needed to knead it.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM Reply
  • Vivian - vxdollface

    Haha I'm in the process of setting up my Facebook page too with the same reason you did ^^"
    Your coconut buns look great, they remind me of the little butter biscuits in those round metal tins (cant remember the brand)

    November 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM Reply
  • Viv

    these look more tempting to me than the ones at the asian shops…mb its the fact that its homemade and straight from the oven!!!
    im still not very good with making bread…it still seems like a long/difficult process to me despite having some experiences already.
    btw, totally agree with what u said…when you are busy…theres always SOOO many things you wanna make…but when you are free…all of a sudden there's nothing u wanna make! boooo!

    November 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM Reply
  • Min

    I love bread making although it needs more than baking a cake. Thanks for showing us the illustration on paint, hehe 🙂

    November 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM Reply
  • Cooking Gallery

    I haven't had much experience with coconut-based dessert, but these buns look just super! I can even smell them from here ;)!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM Reply
  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter

    these look so good, love coconut

    November 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM Reply
  • Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Your coconut rolls look fantastic!!! Much better than the type of thing you can get at breadtop!

    November 1, 2011 at 11:54 PM Reply
  • Christy

    Coconut rolls is just another of those pastries which is hard to find; that's really good:)

    November 2, 2011 at 1:49 AM Reply
  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I'm on coconut fever now. I didn't grow up eating it much, so now as adult I'm very addicted to anything coconut. Crazy. Your coconut rolls are very dangerous around me because you will see me eating like crazy! It's probably good thing that I am scared of making dough… =P Only wish you are my neighbor!! Such a delicious recipe~~~! 😉

    November 2, 2011 at 6:09 AM Reply
  • Christine@Christine's Recipes

    Your rolls look so good and professional. You don't need to buy any those pricey breads from Breadtop. 🙂

    November 2, 2011 at 7:07 AM Reply
  • yummychunklet

    Ooh, this looks just like out of the Asian bakery! I'll have to tag this recipe as the Asian bakeries in Chicago are at least an hour north or south of me. That's too much travel time for a sweet roll like this. I'll just make them at home!

    November 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM Reply
  • laurie

    These look fantastic! I have a ton of recipes I want to try too, and this one will go on that list.

    November 2, 2011 at 10:53 PM Reply
  • JasmyneTea

    Yum, sign me up for one of those! I don't eat much coconut, but these look delicious!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:56 PM Reply
  • Nic@diningwithastud

    These look perfect 🙂 I love anything coconut

    November 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM Reply
  • Amelia's De-ssert

    Von, your coconut rolls looks perfect. Any more left? I want 2 pieces, LOL

    November 3, 2011 at 6:28 AM Reply
  • iva | inmykitchen

    i absolutely love coconut. there's a chinese bakery here called breadtop and everytime i visit, I come back with a pack of coconut buns!yum

    November 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM Reply
  • Lizzy

    These rolls are just gorgeous!!! It sure looks more complicated than just knotting…I'm afraid mine would look like blobs 🙂

    November 3, 2011 at 11:52 AM Reply
  • Joanne

    Asian pastries are the best studying accompaniment! So really…you were just baking so that you could be a more effective studier LATER.

    These coconut rolls look amazing!

    November 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM Reply
  • DV

    The coconut rolls look gorgeous! 🙂 you mention the word coconut to me and I jump in joy…hehe! I love coconuts! Your recipe is well illustrated and the paint pictorial is sooo cute:) your point about having a big list of things to do when u r absolutely busy is very true! It happens to me all the time! I think girls are wired like that;)

    November 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM Reply
  • DV

    And Good luck for your exams, Von! 🙂

    November 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM Reply
  • Christine

    gorgeous looking buns and stunning photos 🙂 i love breadtop and all Asian bakeries as well!! so many delicious treats to be found there, omomom

    November 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM Reply
  • Mary

    hehe my friend calls this procrastibaking…

    They look so yummy, I'm sure they'll fuel your days of study ahead 🙂

    all the best for your exams – it's time I got cracking too 🙁

    November 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM Reply
  • Kiran @

    All the best on your exams!

    Darn, I love coconut so much and these rolls are begging me to try out the recipe soon. I don't think I can hold off the temptations too long 🙂

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog!

    November 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM Reply
  • Jeannie

    I just used up my coconut and then I saw these beautiful rolls of yours!

    November 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM Reply
  • ping

    Boo to you too! These remind me of the coconut tarts I used to love at the school cafeteria but those don't look half as nice as these. Beautifully done!

    November 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM Reply
  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz

    These are also one of my fave buns in Asian bakeries but I have never seen one as stunning as yours. And I am sure it taste WAY better.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:58 PM Reply
  • Rita

    I have never heard of this this before;of course I printed them out. You have grat recipes here. Thank you for coming to viisit me; now you have a new follower.

    November 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM Reply
  • Angie's Recipes

    How adorable those look! I love the coconut coating.

    November 3, 2011 at 7:56 PM Reply
  • Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    I love coconut in baked goodies! These coconut rolls look delicious!

    November 3, 2011 at 11:31 PM Reply
  • Mel

    I like coconut buns but usually bought at bakery shop. I would like to bake like yours one day but I don't know whether I be able to do it like the way you did; tying and the knots. Well never know if I don't try, right?

    November 4, 2011 at 7:08 AM Reply
  • leaf (the indolent cook)

    Your coconut rolls look even better than the ones at the Asian bakeries! Yum!

    November 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM Reply
  • lena

    i always enjoy baking breads even though i still visit bakeries here. Your coconut rolls looking very lovely, you mentioned the bread might be thin..doesnt really matter to me, i think i might just love whatever form..just love breads!!

    November 4, 2011 at 2:31 PM Reply
  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    I've never had a coconut roll but I love coconut and these are beautiful! I'd love to try these.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:17 PM Reply
  • grace

    i'm a lover of all things coconut, and these have the added bonus of being really pretty and uniquely shaped! excellent work, von!

    November 5, 2011 at 6:49 AM Reply
  • Hotly Spiced

    I'm surprised to hear these coconut biscuits are Chinese! I would have thought English for sure. They look beautiful.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:39 PM Reply
  • sugarpuffi

    wow you are a great baker!! the coconut rolls look sooo delicious!

    November 7, 2011 at 2:59 AM Reply
  • Juliana

    Wow, these coconut buns look like that they came from a bakery…they look so pretty. I love coconut in my buns. Great pictures as well Von.
    Hope you are having a nice week 🙂

    November 8, 2011 at 6:28 PM Reply
  • Torviewtoronto

    delicious looking roll following your lovely site nice to meet you

    November 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM Reply
  • muppy

    gosh they look perfect 🙂 i've never even dreamed i could bake some 'breadtop'items!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM Reply
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    November 10, 2011 at 8:18 PM Reply
  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy

    Oh just look at those little golden mounds of heaven!

    November 11, 2011 at 1:19 AM Reply
  • vianney

    yummy, I owuld love these to help me study, lol I think I would be too busy eating…

    November 11, 2011 at 1:32 AM Reply
  • Zoe

    These buns are very beautifully crafted. I love the fragrance of freshly toasted coconut and I can imagine that this aroma must have brighten up your kitchen.

    November 14, 2011 at 1:01 AM Reply
  • betty

    oh these look soooo good! i love these buns from cabra yum

    November 15, 2011 at 12:45 AM Reply
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