I discovered these buns when trying to figure out what to do with my last 1/2 cup of coconut milk (I can't throw ingredients away unless absolutely forced). The recipe makes the lightest, fluffiest buns, slightly sweet, and amenable to all kinds of fillings. One suggestion is a filling made from coconut, sugar and butter (yes please!), the kind of sweet buns you might find at a Chinese bakery. But I have to tell you, slathered with a little butter, dripping with honey from the farmers market, and you're all set. Plus, they really only require one rise, you can leave them alone for the second time while the oven pre-heats.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The original recipe calls for blended bread flour, which, evidently, has a higher percentage of protein, which helps to build the structure of the bread. But I didn't have any and didn't really want to find any, so I used all purpose and all was well.
Coconut Milk Dinner Buns
Slightly adopted from this website
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup coconut milk (I used light)
1/2 cup regular milk (I used half and half)
1/4 cup butter, cut into smaller pieces
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup warm water
5 - 6 cups all purpose flour
1 egg, beaten, for wash (optional)
Dissolve the first teaspoon of sugar in the 1/2 cup warm water, then sprinkle in the yeast. Allow to bloom for 10 minutes before stirring. In the meantime, warm both kinds of milk in a flame-proof bowl or saucepan until luke warm, stirring all the while. Stir in the butter, the 3 tablespoons of sugar and the 2 teaspoons of salt, as well as the 1/2 cup warm water.
Take off the flame, making sure that the milk isn't hotter than luke warm. Then add in the yeast and 2 cups of the flour. A whisk comes in handy hear to beat the dough until starts to become smooth and elastic.
At this point, I switched to a wooden spoon and added in about 2 1/2 more cups of flour. Continue to beat until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed. I kneaded the extra 1/2 cup of flour into the dough, as well as a bit more. Continue to knead until the dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticky.
Place the dough in a large, greased bowl and turn so that all sides of the dough are greased. Cover with a towel and allow to double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Punch the dough down, then divide in half, and in half again, and again, until you end up with 16 dough-sections. Roll each section into a bun between the palms of your hands and place on greased baking sheets. Brush with the beaten egg wash.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the buns are a golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Transfer to cooling racks, and enjoy.
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Posted by Andrea at 4:48 AM