Cocktail buns aka Chinese Coconut buns has its origins in Hong Kong which is a sweet bun,filled with a buttery, milky sweet coconut paste. This bun was created some time in the 1950's in Hong Kong, when the owners of a local bakery were left with quite a few unsold but perfectly good buns.Then the owners ground them up with sugar to make a filling which was put into freshly baked buns the next day. While the original buns were made with filling made only from left over buns and sugar, some more creative bakers eventually added more flavour to the new buns by adding coconut, butter and milk to the filling. This has now become the accepted filling for these Chinese Cocktail/ Coconut Buns.
Recipe: The Woks Of Life
2cups All purpose flour
1+1/2tbsp Corn starch
1tsp Instant yeast
2/3cup Warm milk
1no Large egg
1/8cup Milk powder
1/3cup Grated coconut
1+1/2tbsp All purpose flour
50grams Butter (room temperature)
2tbsp All purpose flour
25grams Butter (room temperature)
Milk for brushing
1tbsp Sesame seeds
Take all the ingredients for the bread dough in a bowl and knead everything well until you get a soft and smooth dough. If the dough is sticky, knead in little more flour.
Shape it as a ball and place in a greased bowl, wrap it and let it rise till the dough, double in volume atleast for 2 hours.
Meanwhile prepare the filling, mix together all the ingredients into a paste and keep aside.
Mix all the ingredients for topping in a bowl, transfer this mixture to a piping bag and keep aside.
Once the dough doubled the volume, punch down the dough and divide the dough into six equal sized dough balls.
Knead the dough ball well and roll it roughly as a oval shaped disc, drop enough filling (a tablespoon of filling), then pinch together the two long edges of the dough over the filling, seal it well by tucking the ends to form a smooth oval shaped buns with round ends.
Make sure the buns been sealed well or else the filling will leak while baking.
Place the buns on a lined baking tray and let it sit for half an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet over a baking tray, keep aside.
Brush the buns with milk, now cut the tip of the piping bag and pipe two or three lines across the length of the buns.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds on the top of each bun. Bake for 20-25minutes till the buns turns golden brown.
Serve warm or at room temperature with a cup of tea or coffee for snacks.