How many of you like Coconut/Thengai Bun? It has been years that I tasted Dilkush in India (I love specially the one with loads of nuts and elachi flavor from our well known relative who runs a bakery). I often make, but I interacted recently to know the secret of brown top without substituting egg and they suggested applying sugar water. I am dedicating this step by step recipe for all coconut bun crazes, who miss the bakery bun including me 🙂
- Warm the milk + water add yeast and 1 tbsp sugar stir well and leave it for 10 mins.
- Mix the flour and 2 Tbsps of sugar, salt, pour the yeast mixture in small proportions, add melted butter and knead the dough.
- If needed add more water as needed.
- Divide into two equal parts and rest it for an hour in warm temperature.
- You can make one portion (bottom) weigh more and top portion little bit less.
- If you need step by step pictures of dough preparation, check out my pizza dough post.
- Meanwhile heat ghee/oil add cashews/raisins(Pic 1) when turns golden brown add fresh coconut stir less than a minute then remove from heat, if using store bought sweetened one you can add as it is to the bun.
- Cool the mixture, when it is light warm or like warm add the remaining 5 Tbsp sugar (the sugar level is more than medium so if you want to reduce do reduce 1-2 tbsp pls) and tutti frutti (Pic 2).
- By this way granulated sugar crystals gel with coconut mixture.
- Also add rose syrup or gulkand for more flavor.
- After an hour or dough doubled in size (Pic 3), punch the dough and knead for few minutes.
- Use rolling pin, dust flour if needed, take one part and roll to a thick base.
- Use 8″ cake pan, grease with little oil then place the rolled dough.
- Now sprinkle the coconut mixture evenly leaving 1/2″ inch over sides (Pic 4).
- Roll the other part (Pic 5), brush lightly the sides with water and cover over the coconut mixture.
- Close the sides properly, pinch it(Pic 6)…
- Again allow to raise in room temperature for another 30-40 minutes (Pic 7).
- Brush the top with milk+brown sugar mixture/wash (Pic 7).
- Bake in oven to 400° F (10-12 mins) or till sides separate and turns light brown (Pic 8).
- Also dust sugar or apply melted butter on top after taking out from oven.
- Can also substitute a tbsp of dark brown sugar instead of white sugar while kneading the dough.
- You can use tangzhong method to get even soft buns…
- Recently I added 1/2 cup coconut milk + heavy cream, when the bread start to rise in the second proof. It almost soaked the top of the bun after 30 minutes and baked at 375 F for 17 minutes to get the brown and flat even top. Here is the picture of it…
- If you are ok with egg then add 1 egg and reduce water/milk level.
- You can use the same filling and prepare buns using puff pastry.
i tired this recipe but it didn't come out like a bun. while second time proffing, it didn't rise at all and when I baked it, it didn't become like a bun. it became flat and crisp more like a tart. and since it had so much of sugar, the dough too was a bit watery.though the filling taste was good. can you pls tell me where could i have gone wrong? thanks
Yes if the dough has too much sugar then it won't rise properly here only 3 tbsp+1tsp u should use in dough and remaining use it in the coconut filling, also check yeast expiry date before using in breads, if you add hot water or milk to yeast then it kills and it won't rise, finally if your dough is sticky add more flour, nxt time onwards reserve few tbsp of water or milk and if needed at last you can sprinkle little by little to the dough, hope this helps.
perfect looking absolutely from the bakery!! love it!!
So fluffy, just mouth watering. Following you on GFC.
its my favorite too dear… so yummy…
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