RECIPE: Fijian Lolo Buns

Lolo buns!

Lolo Buns

3 tsp yeast
1/2 Cup sugar
1.5 Cups of milk (warmed)

4.5 cups plain flour
50g (2oz) melted butter
1 egg

1.5 cup of coconut milk (ambient temperature / not cold)
1/4 cup brown sugar (palm sugar)


  1. Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warmed milk, about 40˚C (100˚F). I generally leave covered in plastic wrap in a warm place, normally that is on the dashboard of a closed car in the sun, for about 10-15 minutes, until it froths a little.
  2. In a bowl but the sifted flour, make a well and add the melted butter and whisked egg and the milk/yeast mixture.
  3. Mix well to form a dough. If it’s still a little sticky add a little flour until it looks like you’ll be able to knead it without it sticking to everything.
  4. Turn out of the bowl onto a flour dusted surface, and knead the dough, until it is of smooth and of an even consistency.
  5. With a paper towel wipe 15ml of olive oil into a medium large bowl (large enough to hold the dough when it is doubled in size), put the kneaded dough into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and put back in a  warm place – for me – that is again the car dashboard. Leave for about an hour giving it time to double in size (gives you time to clean up the mess you’ve made in the kitchen if you’re anything like me!!)
  6. Once it’s doubled turn it out onto your floured surface and knock back. Then divide into 28-32 even pieces, roll into nice even balls and place into two approx. 20cmx40cm (8″ x 16″) oven proof trays with nice high 5cm (2″) high sides (as you’ll be pouring coconut milk in there later on.
  7. Once you’ve got each tray filled with 14-16 balls each, again cover with plastic wrap and let them rise and double in size again in that special warm place.
  8. Now we’re almost done, once they’ve risen, dissolve about 1/4 cup of brown (or palm) sugar into the room temperature coconut milk, split it evenly between your two trays, slowly pouring it over the buns.
  9. Now place in a preheated oven at 175˚C (350˚F) for about 30-35 minutes, until they are a nice golden colour on top. If you have a fan forced oven you can probably drop your temperature to about 150˚C.
  10. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes and then serve while they are still warm.

Very nice by themselves, or maybe with a scoop of ice cream like we had them.


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