Macadamia Coconut Buns #TwelveLoaves


I´m somewhat late for this month´s edition of Twelve Loaves, the group started by Lora who turned one last month (remember the cinnamon sugar challah?), but my excuse is simple really. This is my third recipe for it but the first I can post.
Let´s go back to last week. We had settled a long time ago that the june theme would be summer buns. What are summer buns exactly? I don´t know. Whatever buns remind you of summer, or you eat during the summer.

Well, the title hawaiian rolls fit perfectly and I was so so so so so so so so intrigued by the rolls everyone talks about all the time, even the food trucks when I binge on eat street marathons, and have this aura of the best thing out there in the bread aisle of the supermarket, it was a no-brainer, I would make the copycat hawaiian rolls I had pinned in my recipes-to-try pinterest board. FIY, the pin is not there anymore.

It turns out the recipe sounded like a standard butter and egg bread with pineapple juice, but what I got were very dried, awful little things. So pasty they brought flashbacks of me attending mass and having the host stuck to my palate while I was trying to think of something appropiate, because my mind wandered to very mundane stuff and no-one had explained to me what I should be thinking at a moment like that. I was in grade school.

But you get the idea of how not suitable for posting those rolls were. Then I made these buns I´m posting today. All proofed and wonderful with their macadamias, as they were about to go into the oven they found the kitchen floor first. Well, it serves me well for talking on the phone while shoving the tray into the oven. Or trying to.
Later, I remembered I had gone into the shower with my socks still on, so clearly it wasn´t one of my sharpest days.

Ready to go into the oven

But finally we are here, with the same wonderful rolls, studded with toasted macadamias and shredded coconut. Summer buns indeed.

This is barely adapted from a wonderful bread book that has nothing but lovely recipes and pictures. Because besides having amazing recipes, which is no surprise coming from Beth Hensperger, this is a pretty book, literally. The recipes are by month and season and it´s just gorgeous. 
So many ones have been dog eared for years, I´m finally using it more in the last months. The whole wheat mountain bread and almond and ginger kulich both come from this book. At last I have your attention, don´t I? And now you trust this recipe is every bit as good as the other two. In case you didn´t notice in the list on the right side of this blog, the mountain bread is my #1 ranked recipe ever.

The nice part of this bread, at least for me, is that it´s a savory bread with some crunch and unexpected flavors. Or hints of flavors. The macadamias and coconut are an aftertaste, very present but at the same time not completely there on their own.

I can´t imagine of a better summer bun for an outdoor meal if you´re looking for something different. I haven´t done anything with them yet, filling-wise, because well, you know, I had some issues getting to finally posting this, but I´m thinking some thinly sliced pork tenderloin with a chutney, or grilled pineapple with ham. 
Or the carnitas I´m cooking right this very minute, which will be ready in about two hours. 
I have a feeling this last idea will be my dinner tonight, with some added avocado, so I´ll let you know how that sandwich goes.

barely adapted from Bread for all Seasons, by Beth Hensperger

Makes about 17 buns (2.5 inches)


For the sponge:
1 Tbs active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
1 ½ cups bread or all purpose flour
2 cups warm water

For the bread:
4 to 4 ½ cups bread or unbleached flour
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cups chopped toasted macadamia nuts
¾ cups toasted shredded coconut or flakes, or a mix of both like I used


For the sponge:
In the bowl of the stand mixer (or large bowl if doing this by hand), put water and sprinkle sugar and yeast over. Add flour and mix well with a wooden spoon until most lumps are gone. Some will remain. You can do this with the paddle attachment, but I think it´s too much trouble.
Cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel and let stand until bubbly and puffed, about 35 to 50 minutes.

For the bread:
To the sponge, add 1 cup flour, oil, salt, coconut and macadamias. Attach to the mixer and, using the dough hook, starting mixing everything, adding 2 ½ more cups of flour, ½ cup at a time. The dough will never be very smooth because of the nuts, so check with your finger after 3 or 4 minutes of kneading. It should be soft but not sticky. If needed add ½ to 1 more cups flour. But don´t end up with a dry dough. I used 4 cups total in my recipe.
If kneading  by hand, do so for 5 to 7 minutes on a clean surface, lightly flouring as necessary after the dough comes together.
Transfer dough to a greased deep bowl, turn to grease on all sides, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled, about 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Dump the whole thing onto a lightly floured counter, and divide into 17 or whatever amount of pieces you want. You can also weigh the whole dough and weigh each piece to have very even buns; I never bother to do that.

Shape each piece into a sort of ball, and then cover it with the palm of your hand, and moving your hand clock wise to your right, shape them into balls, as tight as you can.
Grease a pan, and put the dough balls next to each other, barely touching. Cover with a clean, dry towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF about 20 minutes before baking.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops are dry and golden, and buns sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Let cool on wire rack. 

Here´s the list of the rest of the summer buns the group made:

Homemade Pretzel Rolls from A Handful of Everything

Want to join us and bake along this month?

#TwelveLoaves June: Summer Buns. Summer is all about lazy mornings and easy lunches. Outside barbecues and lots of grilling! Share your favorite summer bun recipe (sweet or savory). Let's get baking!

Want to join the #TwelveLoaves group? It's easy!

1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone's posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this June, 2013, and posted on your blog by June 30, 2013.


  1. Socks in the shower - hilarious!!!
    Anyway, I'm glad the third one was such a success and they look marvelous!

  2. These look fabulous! I love the idea of using the macadamia nuts with coconut. Perfect flavors for summer! Yeah, I'm glad these worked! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  3. Hola, Paula. Te cuento que preparé el pan hawaiano (y luego lo hice sandwich con salsa inglesa y todo)y en mi casa fue éxito absoluto. Nunca lo había visto y mucho menos lo probé. Pero me encantó apenas supe de él a través de pinterest: acá en casa todos reclaman una segunda vuelta.
    me apunto el tuyo con coco porque creo que será igual de exitoso.
    Cariños !
    P/D: mi hija acaba de pasa y comentó que tus panes le recordaban al pan hawaiano (¡¡!!).

    1. Tengo que seguir probando otras recetas porque el pan hawaiiano va a estar en mi cocina en algun momento!

  4. These look scrumptious! I'm out of the oven with a little butter. Yum!

  5. I'm sorry what.. ?! eee i would never have dreamed of this combination and it sound so so amazing! :)

  6. 3rd time is the charm...giggling at the host on your palate part reminder. Can't believe how gorgeous they are and that you had a hard time with them. Delicious, as always! Thanks for you do with our group, Paula! xx

  7. I love your beautiful little summer buns! Macadamia and coconut definitely have my attention. I'm sorry for your struggle but thank you for all that you do for the group! I need to pin these for later...

  8. These buns sound sweet and fantastic!

  9. I love homemade bread/buns, anything! This sounds like a delicious combination. YUM!

  10. They say the third time is the charm and clearly it was right in your case. The rolls sound terrific.

  11. These buns look so delicious. I am constantly buying rolls but I bet homemade are much better. I love reading your stories. The photos are great.

  12. What lovely rolls...I am sure the nuts gave these a very nice crunch with every bite! I would love to try some if I may:D

  13. Did I read socks in the shower!!! How funny ;) I have Bread For All Seasons and it is full of things I want to bake!
    Your rolls turned out beautifully, love this #twelveloaves group-so many creative recipes to check out ;)

  14. I have no comment on the socks in the shower! But I will comment on the sweet Macadamia Coconut Buns!
    I love to make bread and sweet is one of my favorites. The tropical pairing of macadamia and coconut is just irresistible!

  15. Lol, *groan* I hate those days when nothing seems to go right. And you know right away, first thing in the morning, because everything you touch just goes wrong. Your persistence paid off - these rolls look perfect, Paula! They're exactly the kind of roll I love having around the house, so that I can tear a bun off whenever I want to nibble on something. The macadamia and coconut sound delicious in there. I'm definitely going to try this recipe.

  16. Two great ingredients! They look so soft and fluffy! And I wanted to let you know that I tried your parmesan green onion mini scones for a bridal shower I gave this weekend. They were awesome! I would call them biscuits though and not scones as they were soft and flaky, salty and tender. Perfect with our cheese souffles!

    1. I grew up with scones, even though they didn´t have eggs, so I´ve yet to make the separation. So glad you liked them Abbe!

  17. These buns look so soft and perfect...they must taste fabulous with added coconut and macadamia!

  18. You are a trooper...but glad the 3rd batch was perfect! They look tender and irresistible! Excellent summer buns!

  19. That determination will take you far my friend - after all, these results are magic :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. The carnitas sounds like they would be awesome with these rolls! Way to hang in there. Your rolls came out just beautifully in the end!

  21. Oh yes, I can totally relate to having days that that. At least you can have a nice laugh about it after the fact :-) These buns look gorgeous and so intriguing to me. Such unusual pairing of the macadamia and coconut...brilliant. I love breads like this. :-)

  22. Intriguing indeed how the buns have a savory flavor and only the sweet of the coconut /macadamia mix later.

    My hat is off to you Paula for your diligence in getting the bread perfect for post....With social media, e-mails, telephones and technology buzzing all around, it's a wonder any of us stay mildly sane =)

    Beautifully done, Paula <3

  23. These are so pretty! If I knew the first thing about baking bread, I'd already be out in the kitchen making them. I seriously cannot get enough coconut lately. I think I could inject it directly into my arm, and still want more. too graphic? haha.

  24. Paula, I have never seen "summer buns" before but this recipe sounds so amazing - I am so curious how these macadamia coconut buns taste like! So, I guess I will just have to bake these beauties myself then!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

  25. These buns sound interesting, I would have imagined that macadamia and coconut buns would be sweet :)

  26. Me encanta este pan que se divide en bollitos individuales! Me parece una idea genial para compartir. Además tienen pinta de estar muy esponjosos, ummm con un buen aceite me comía los 12!

  27. I would eat an entire pan of those! yum!

  28. Oh boy, bread on the floor, socks in the shower...what a day! In the end this recipe looks fabulous and I can almost smell the wonder of macadamia nuts and coconut baked into bread, yum!

  29. What an unusual combination! They sound amazing, Paula! Oh, I am so sorry about your trials to get to this batch! Do you want to scream when this happens? I do - I made this beautiful crostata one day and when it was almost finished baking I heard a lour pop from the oven. Wondering what it was I opened to find the tart pan had cracked in two, and the middle of the crostata was headed for the oven floor. A sticky, gooey mess. I screamed. And pouted. You are probably better behaved than I. ~ David

  30. I absolutely love eat street. Of course, I love most food shows. These buns look great and have such unique flavors. It seems like you made a great comeback from the failures.

  31. Wow what an awesome recipe, I bet the smell and taste is unreal!!

  32. Paula!!
    Wow! the fact that this is your 3rd time baking for this post, makes me love these more. . and omg!!! These look perfect and delicious!! I was wondering why you changed from Hawaiian Rolls. . :) love this . . I could eat bread and butter all day. . adding this to my 12-page "must bake" list! :) LOVE!

  33. Great buns. Love anything with coconut.

  34. Que bien que al final, aunque no a la primera, te saliesen así de bien los buns, tienen una pinta genial como siempre Paula!!

  35. The flavour's in these roll are very summery indeed. Great idea!

  36. Beautiful! I'm thinking these would be great as little buns for fish sliders at a BBQ...


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