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When I saw we were visiting Samoa this month, I thought how perfect! It’s so cold here, somewhere with a bit more island flare was just what I needed. So it makes complete and total sense that I made rolls right?
I was actually planning on a more fruity dessert, like this Fa’alifu Fa’i. My kids eat bananas like we’ll never have any again, so…I had to change plans. I needed some rolls, and the Panipopo seemed like such an easy and tasty twist to traditional rolls.
I found a recipe at Samoa Food for Sweet Coconut Buns, but changed the coconut topping a tad. Basically, all you need is your favorite dinner roll recipe, and some coconut milk or juice. The recipe at Samoa Food calls for coconut milk, but I only had Coconut Juice in my pantry.
After letting the rolls rise, pour the Coconut Juice over the top, then bake at 375 F for 30-35 minutes.