A delicious Coco-bread and a murder story

Delightful childhood memories of freshly baked Pan de Coco

Mysteries and murder stories never fail to captivate audience whether on big screen or in boob tube. The more intricate and the more impossible the stories with twists and gory endings the more it will make audience. Is it an innate behaviour among us to feel that way? Or writers are really running out of better ideas?

Do not be disappointed to know that you won't find anything like this on this post. Not even a single blood has been shed but a real murder story really happened. The story started few weeks ago, hopping around for a cooking inspiration in the delicious blogsphere world. Susan of the Well Seasoned Cook bewitched me with her recipe of a Coconut sweet (you can check the recipe in here). Seeing the photo of a "real" coconut (you know what I mean not just dried dessicated coconut) and her delicious cake, awaken my deep yearning for this tropical fruit. How I long to drink its oozing juice from a newly opened fresh coconut and scrape it's soft and creamy fruit inside. The taste was so long ago that I have almost forgotten about it.

Unfortunately, satisfying this cravings for fresh coconut will not be that simple considering where I live. For finding fresh coconut in the supermarket isn't that easy. But heaven must have heard my lament that day, for my chase over this precious nut didn't last that long. I didn't have much choice, as there was only one left in the exotic fruit section. Rest now to do, is how on earth will I open this up? I knew I needed something strong and sharp the same bolo (machete) my grandfather uses to open a coconut back in the province. I knew I wouldn't find this at home so I went and desperately looked for in my in laws' kicthen. But to no avail, for the sharpest thing they have was an electric cutter for meat.

So delectably innocent.......

Hopelessly I went outside with my coconut in the garden. I stared at this thing and decided to defy all what grandpop taught me on the proper way of opening up a coconut. Without batting an eye I took the biggest and the most piercing stone I could find and started breaking this thing up.

It took me 5 minutes to brutally assasinate this poor thing.



I'm sending this recipe to Lasang Pinoy 24 on this month's theme:Loco over Coco.





Coconut Bread (Pandecoco)
For the brioche
4 cups all- purpose flour
4 eggs, beaten 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 package active dry yeast 1 cup lukewarm milk (scalded them cooled) ¾ cup sugar ¾ pound butter or margarine ¾ tablespoon salt

Coconut Filling

150 g shredded coconut
5 tbsp of coco jam

Egg Wash

1 egg yolk

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients except the yeast. Add slowly the melterd butter, warm milk and eggs. Then dissolve the yeast in one tbsp of warm milk and add in the dough. Work on the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. Keep covered in a warm place about 40 degrees Celsius until it sizes doubles. While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Place the coco jam in a pan and cook over medium heat. Mix in the shredded coconut thoroughly. Soften the consistency by adding few tablespoon of water if coco jam is too sticky. Remove from the heat and allow cooling. Set aside. When the dough is ready; knead again for the second time. You can add some flour to facilitate the task. Make some balls of about 2 inches in diameter and flatten slightly. In the center of dough, place one tablespoon of the coconut filling. Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges. Let the dough rise again for about 30 minutes under the same condition. Brush with egg yolks the top to give a golden crispy touch and bake for 20-30 minutes at 190 degrees celsius.



After I brutally assasinated

Resting peacefully over a fluffy dough



Yummy......

28 comments:

Ann said...

Your brioche looks delicious! Did you get to drink the coconut milk or did it all run out when you bashed it?

Big Boys Oven said...

oh this is definitely lovely, brioche with coconut filling is gorgeous!

Dhanggit said...

Ann, Oh yes :-) twas good and refreshing!!

Bigboysoven, thanks, i've always love this brioche with coconut :-)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy! Love your brioche with coconut filling.

Manggy said...

Oh no! I'm not a fan of coconut or pan de coco :( I will say, however, that the texture looks perfect... It's so authentic :)

You couldn't find an ax lying around? ;)

Zmajek said...

Hi,
i just wanted to tell you that another way to kill a coconut without an ax or a stone is to wrap it in plastic bag real tight and then forcefully throw it on the floor from some hight, it works every time. :)
I have some fresh coconut in the fridge, i just opened it yesterday, and i think i'll try your recipe. :)

gkbloodsugar said...

Coconut bread - What a fantastic idea.

Looks amazing.

Lucille said...

hmm yummy! huhu! the more i missed this "pandecoco" while staring the pic. It looks really perfect!

Zen Chef said...

Haha...i once was on a beach in Hawaii trying to break open a coconut. I think it took me about 30 min. You did good!
This coco-bread looks perfect! :-)

haze said...

HAHAHA like the brutally assassinated thing ! Pandecoco is the all time favorite like pandesal ! Missing!!

dailydelicious said...

Hi, this one is so tempting. Because I live in Thailand and fresh coconut is so easy to find, I will try this (and I will let you know).

Em Dy said...

Hey Dhanggit. I think this month's Lasang Pinoy is about coconuts. Very timely post.

oggi said...

I never ate pan de coco in Manila but when I made last year (hubby's request) I was hooked, I love it!

Your pan de coco looks so yummy!

jennyr said...

yum!that looks good! i love pan de coco! that's my fave...wish they have one like that here...nice pics!!! mine's up too at this link.

joey said...

Oh Dhanggit! This is one of my very favorite breads from my childhood (well, I still love it until now)! I must try this! Thanks for posting the recipe...I am reminiscing about it just by reading your post :)

Deborah said...

Oh yum! I have really been wanting to buy a whole coconut lately, and now I really want to!!

Kevin said...

That coconut bread looks so good! Just look at all of the coconut in the middle.

Emma Nowell said...

What is coco jam? The bread sounds wonderful, I will definitely have to try it. Is that a picture of your kitchen at the top of your blog? It looks oh so very inspiring!

The Caked Crusader said...

Yummo. If only I could overcome my fear of yeast....sigh!

Rosie said...

Coconut bread oh my it looks so delicious mmmmm

Rosie x

Susan said...

You know, Dhanggit, I *still* haven't wielded a cleaver, screwdriver, mallet, machete ...whatever (!) to open up my coconut. Thankfully, it is not one of those fruits that goes bad if not used right away.

Well done, I must say! A clean cut! And a scrumptious brioche for your effort. Thanks for the mention. : ) BTW, what is coco jam? Sounds like something I would want to have on hand to spread on French toast.

Shalimar said...

i know i have not dropped by here for a long time. I was in UK then Greece back to FL again.
When I was in Antibes last summer a thai chef I dated bought me a young coconut (buo talaga) I had to ask my captain to break it for me... he said shalimar pls dont ever ask yr date to bring you coconut againhaha


Anyway do you mind I will copy this recipe. One of my fave bread is pan de coco I just cant get enough of this....

glamah16 said...

I like this. I saw a recipe for a buns made with cocnut milk. This looks far more appetizing. I will book mark this one.

Kai said...

Ahh, the stories that we have yearning for a taste of home. Good thing you found a coconut! Great entry to Lasang Pinoy. Thanks for joining!

bursky said...

if and when you get convicted of the 'murder', be sure to bring some pan de coco for the judge or police officer. :D

iska said...

never tried murdering a coconut before hahaha but that pandecoco looks so yummy indeed!

Anonymous said...

We tried this recipe but we used coconut oil instead of butter. Its awesome!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful pan de coco recipe..

Anonymous said...

This sounds great but I really don't like Coco recipes. In fact my grand who is always visiting Viagra Online also likes to make some recipes with it.