For the pastry dough:
All purpose flour/maida - 3 cups
Active dry yeast -1 tspn
Egg - 1
Oil -5 tbspn
Butter/Ghee -5 tbspn
Salt and sugar - 1 tspn each
Milk - 3/4 cup
For the filling:
Coconut shredded - 3/4 cup
Sugar syrup -1/4 cup
Initally dissolve the active dry yeast in a tbspn of warm water and leave it aside for a couple of minutes..In a large bowl add the yeast,the egg white (do not add the egg yolk),milk,sugar,salt and the oil and mix well..Now add the flour little by little and knead with your hands to form a dough..you can use extra flour if needed..The dough should not be very sticky..
After preparing the dough divide it into 8 equal balls..Roll each ball into a circle of about 7 to 8 inches diameter with the helap of a rolling pin..Do this for all the 8 balls..Now place the first rolled circle on a greased base..Apply some ghee/melted butter on the surface and place the second circle on top..Do this for all the 8 circles by stacking one on top of the other...After you are done roll out the stacked dough together into a large circle..it will turn out very big..i used my kitchen's countertop..
Then using a butter knife divide the large circle into small triangles..You will get 12 to 14 triangles with the dough quantity specified..
Leave this for about 10 minutes for the yeast to work..
in the meantime prepare the filling..
make the sugar syrup by adding 1 cup sugar to 1/4 cup water and allow it to boil..
The solution thickens and forms the syrup in about 10 to 15 minutes..to the syrup add the shredded coconut and mix well..Allow it to cook for 5 minutes..The filling is ready now..
Take a tbspn of the filling and place it on the wide edge of each triangle..Start rolling the triangle from the wide edge till the top..Do this for all the triangles..
Beat the egg yolk and just brush a layer of egg over each rolled triangle..This gives a nice golden color and shine to the puffs..After 10 minutes place the puffs in greased baking sheet..Place it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until they turn to a brownish color..
Sweet coconut puffs are ready..They taste best when served hot..
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