Coconut Bread-Banh Mi Nhan Dua

Vietnamese food

 


Dough: ingredients and method in Cinnamon Bun.  Except 1 tsp yeast.
1 cup milk
3 Tbs butter
3½ to 4 cups all purpose flour (stir, spoon flour into a measured cup and leveled )
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp rapid rise yeast 
1 tsp salt
2 rimmed baking sheets 

In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter until very warm 120-130 oF.  In a mixing bowl of a standing electric mixer, add 3½ cups flour,sugar, salt & yeast.  Stir well.  Attack dough hood, add warm liquid and egg to the bowl, beat with low speed and scrap the bowl occasionally until combined.  Increase speed to speed #4 and beat until the dough leaves the side of the bowl  but still stick to the bowl at bottom about 6 minutes total .  If the dough still sticks to the side of the bowl after 4 minutes beating add flour 1 Tbs at a time, scrap the bowl occasionally.  Beat 2-3 minutes more until the dough smooth and elastic.The dough should be soft and tacky.  When you pick it up with floured or oil hand, it should not form a firm ball but tend to be pulling down by gravity. Remove the dough from the bowl, form it into a ball, and put it in a greased bowl/container, and turn the greased side up (to prevent hard, tough spots while the dough rising).  Cover with a plastic wrap, let  rise at a warm place until double in size  about 1-1.5 hour.  It may need less time in a warm weather (35-45 minutes).  Divided the dough into 6 balls.

 

 

Filling:

1 cup packed coconut flake, sweetened or not.
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup melted beutter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all the filling ingredients together.  Then divide mixture into 6 portions.
Roll a piece of dough out as thin as you can.  Keep remain dough covered. Spread 1 portion of filling into the dough evenly and gently press it into dough layer.  Roll dough with filling into a log roll.  Pull both ends of the log to make it about 8-9 inch long.  Use a knife tip split the log in halves lengthwise except 1/2 inch at one end.  Avoid pressing the knife down too hard.  Braid two halves together. Then tuck both ends together to make a round bun.  Put it in a rimmed baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment paper.  Cover with another rimmed baking sheet, upside down.  Repeat with remaining dough and filling.  Let the dough raised in warm area about 1/2 hour.
Turn oven to 375 oF with a rack in middle position.

Beating an egg until no trace of white left.  Brush egg onto top of buns.  Bake until golden brown about 25-30 minutes.  Let the buns rest in baking sheets on wire rack about 5 minutes.  Enjoys.

 

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