Coconut Rock Buns

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During the past week in Mumbai, I accompanied my mother and daughter to many friends’ homes for the ubiquitous Navrathri vethalapakku. The norm is to invite ladies of family and friends and present to them some beetle leaves, beetle nut, turmeric, coconut and fruit. Some people go the extra mile and give additional gifts as well and I got some amazing stuff this time. B what ended up happening was that, at the end of five days, we were buried under a coconut hill. We got so many coconuts from all the houses we visited which was compounded by the fact that the daughter asked for them when she didn’t get one leading to total coconut chaos. 

My mother made me take 6 coconuts (grated, thankfully) back to Bangalore and now I am using it across dishes even in those we don’t usually add them. The only good thing is that the husband loves coconut and is a very happy soul these past few days. So when I read about coconut’s popularity in th Caribbean cuisine, I was thrilled. But I found most recipes using coconut milk and not simply coconut as is. Then I found this coconut rock and I figured I had to make it. I added more coconut than the dish needed but that only ended up making it more flavorful. I also increased the proportion of sugar which worked out well. I also added the sweet cherries on top to give the Iyengar Bakery feels to the husband who was thrilled. So, I managed to hit many birds with one stone, or should I say rock. Yay!

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Recipe adapted from here

Makes 8 rock buns

WHAT WE NEED

All purpose flour                1 cup

Butter, unsalted                  1/4 cup

Sugar                                     1/2 cup

Raisins                                   3 tbsp

Baking powder                    1/2 tsp

Ground nutmeg                   1/2 tsp

Ground cinnamon               1/2 tsp

Egg                                           1

Vanilla                                     1 tsp

Milk                                          4 tsp

Coconut, grated                      1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Water            

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat 1/2 cup water, add the raisins to it and cover. Once it plumps up, drain the water and set aside. It should take around 10-15 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 190C and grease a baking tray and line it with parchment paper
  • Using fingertips, rub the butter with the flour till the mixture gets a sand like texture
  • Add the sugar, raisins, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and coconut and mix well to combine
  • Mix the egg and vanilla in anothe bowl and then add to the flour mix
  • Add milk and mix well to form a dough
  • Use a spoon to drop the dough on to the baking tray. Since it is to be rocks, the shape need not be well defined 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes till done. Broil for 2 minutes to get the golden brown colour on top, if needed
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!

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16 thoughts on “Coconut Rock Buns

  1. Well the Navratri season is meant to make us all increase one round including so many other iteams!..When my boys were much younger, they used to accompany us for the golu and they were even given boy toys that for years later, they still remembered and wanted to go with us..hheheh..this is a fantastic recipe to use excess coconut!..I am going to make it..

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  2. Lol!! I am reading Viking stories they are with an excess of rock giants so you can imagine where my mind skid too! As for your daughter asking for coconuts, it’s so sweet she wants to be included in the festivities and must have been so awkward for you.I understand fully.
    These coconut rock buns look like the coconut cherry something that our local bakery sells. Looks amazingly easy to make and delicious.
    Will make when Apeksha leaves for Bangalore for her cousins.

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  3. Wow that looks scrumptious! Tell me
    About vetrilaipaaku fruits and Thengai! I m still finding ways to use up the apples! Love those coconut rocks! Can imagine the flavor as I read thru the recipe ! 😍

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  4. coconut chaos ! lol 🙂 can imagine that ! these buns look amazing
    and yes, we love the beans karamudhu with lots of coconut too – ! lol – hope u get the drift :p

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