pani popo

One of my favorite treats I discovered while living in Hawaii is Pani Popo (Hawaiian Coconut Bread).  It's really yummy, quick and easy to make.  It's sweet enough that you'll want to eat it as a dessert.  

Hope you enjoy!


  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen dinner rolls, thawed
  • 1 (10 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar, or to taste


  1. Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Coat your hands with cooking spray or shortening, and roll the dough balls in your hands so that they have a light coating. Place in the prepared dish. Set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, up to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Pour this mixture over the top of the rolls as evenly as you can.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes before separating and serving.


Karla said...

This is sooo yummy, we used to eat it when we were in Samoa. I'm so glad you reminded me and shared the recipe. I'll have to make it again.

Postcards and Coasters said...

Hi Karla,

I wonder who came up with Pani Popoi first? Hawaiians or the Samoans? :) Did I know you lived in Samoa? I'm jealous...I'd love to go.


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Postcards and Coasters said...

Velvet Brick,

How funny... I remember how excited I would get going to the airport before I became a flight attendant. I wondered where everyone was going. I'm usually in a hurry now. Maybe I need to slow down. :)

We have lots of ex teacher flight attendants. In college I was going to go into Education (history) or Tourism. I chose Tourism.

Thanks for visiting!

Postcards and Coasters said...

I buy the coconut milk at Walmart. I think it's in the Asian/specialty section.