Coconut Pandan Buns

12 Buns
3 hr 25 min

I always have a bit of a soft spot for pandan flavored desserts. I’ve eaten pandan desserts since I was a child and the taste reminds me of home and all of the delicious desserts my mom used to make for us. For those who are not familiar with pandan, it is a fragrant leaf and when you grind it down will release all of its floral fragrant flavor. The color is naturally green from the leaves. It’a typically called the vanilla extract of Asia.

I have a recipe for pandan kaya on the site and I highly recommend that you take the time to make it from scratch. The taste is unbeatable. However, if you are short on time, the jarred variety will work perfectly fine. If you find the kaya in the jar a little too thick to spread, heat it for about 15 seconds in the microwave to soften it slightly and make it more spreadable.

Recipe details
  • 12  Buns
  • Prep time: 3 Hours Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 3 hr 25 min
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Milk bread
  • 25g bread flour
  • 100g water
  • 125g whole milk, warm
  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • 350g bread flour
  • 60g sugar
  • 5g fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 30g unsalted butter, room temperature
Coconut pandan filling
  • 1/2 pandan kaya
  • 100g dried unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 large egg
  • 80g sugar
  • 40g unsalted butter, room temperature
In a small saucepan, add the 25g flour and 100g water. Whisk to combine and heat on medium, whisking until the mixture turns into a thick paste. Transfer to a bowl, press clear wrap onto the paste and allow to cool.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, add in the yeast, warm milk and half of the sugar. Mix and allow it to sit until the mixture foams. Once it foams, add in the flour, the rest of the sugar, salt, egg and cooled paste. Mix with your dough hook on medium until combined and then on high until you get a smooth ball. Reduce the mixture to low and add in the butter a little at a time until it is absorbed into the dough. Turn the mixture to high and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm space for about 1 hour until doubled in size.
Coconut paste
In a small bowl, mix together the coconut, sugar, egg and butter. You should have a fairly thick mixture.
Assembling buns and baking
Once the dough has doubled, remove from the bowl into a floured counter. Roll out to approximately 11x15” rectangle. It does not have to be exact.
Spread the pandan kaya over the dough followed by the coconut mixture.
Roll the dough up tightly like cinnamon rolls. Divide the log into 12 pieces and place each in the cavity of a muffin tin. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
When the buns have risen, bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden.
Remove, allow to cool on a cooling rack and enjoy.