Pani PoPo


Old family recipe that my family made for me when I was a little girl back in Samoa.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen dinner rolls dough, thawed

  • 15 ounces water, divided

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Arrange rolls in a 9x13-inch baking dish, cover the dish with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

  2. Combine 14 ounces water, coconut milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Whisk remaining water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Bring coconut milk mixture to a boil, whisk in cornstarch mixture, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove plastic wrap from rolls.

  4. Bake rolls in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Pour coconut sauce over rolls until at least half of each roll is covered in sauce. Return rolls to oven; continue baking until rolls are golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes more. Cool in the baking dish, 3 to 5 minutes, before serving warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
9g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 112mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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