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Coconut Buns

By Greengirl @GrinGarl
I'm far from being am expert in healthy eating. I do my best to follow the food pyramid (not that I couldn't live just by eating sweets). I do believe every one should make their own decisions when it comes to food. And their doctor, if it's the case. 
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A while back everyone was talking about the coconut oil. Some were saying it's not good for our health, some that it is good. I honestly believe they just don't want to get along :) Somehow, even with this controversy going on there are still people (including me) buying coconut oil and using it in the kitchen or a regular basis. I do believe it's good for your own heath, unless you decide to drink it like water. I like it, I like its nutty flavor and exotic touch.
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Few weeks ago, I had the chance to receive a package from the kind people at Kelapo. It contained a jar of their 100% Pure Organic Coconut Oil. 
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After playing a little bit in the kitchen, mostly using it at stir fries and fried rice I decided to try it in baking. I knew it can be used instead of butter but never tried it. Now it was the time. 
 I had this recipe bookmarked but had to work with the ingredients since it just didn't seem right the balance between the dry and the wet ingredients.
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In your stand up mixer bowl measure 4 + 1/2 cups of bread flour. Make a well in the middle and pour 1/4 cup lukewarm milk and sprinkle 1 package dry yeast on top. Stir and let the yeast dissolve.
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In a bowl mix 1/3 cup sugar with 1 egg and a pinch of salt.
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Slowly add 1 + 1/4 cup milk and stir. 
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With the dough hook on start mixing, slowly adding the sweetened milk 
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When the milk is incorporated add 1/3 cup coconut oil. 
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Keep mixing until all the oil is blend in. If the dough is still wet add a little more flour. 
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Place the dough into a greased bowl and leave it to rise until doubled. Meanwhile mix 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut with few drops of heavy whipping cream, just enough to form a paste. Divide it into 18 almost equal small balls. Flatten each ball and put a little coconut in the middle. Tuck in the edges and place the buns in 2 greased 8X8 baking dishes. 
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Brush the buns with some more coconut oil and sprinkle some flakes on top. Leave it to rise until the oven reaches 375F.
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Bake for 20-23 minutes until nice and golden. 
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Let it cool a little bit and enjoy.
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Note :  The coconut I mixed with the cream for the filling wasn't enough for the 18 buns. I liked the ones without the coconut filling. The filling dried out during baking. Hubby and my neighbors loved the ones with the coconut filling. It's up to each one's taste :)

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