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Fa’apapa (Coconut Bread) – Childhood Memory

Growing up, I loved so many Samoan foods as I watched my mother or grandmother bake or cook throughout the years. My ultimate favorite to this day is Fa’apapa which is Coconut bread. The ingredients for this scrumptious goodie are so simple yet when fresh out of the oven makes a perfect pair with either a cup of hot Koko Samoa or tea if you don’t have Koko Samoa.

I remember on Sundays, my family would head to Church in the morning and when we come home, to’ona’i (Sunday lunch) would be ready organised by my parents. After lunch, everyone would then do their own thing for the day. Whether it was taking a nap during the day, completing homework, watching a move but it was something relaxing usually.  By evening, my mother would make Fa’apapa and as a young kid, I’d love helping out purely because I loved coconut bread.

Fa'apapa 1


Fa’apapa (coconut bread) reminds me of my childhood memories and of my grandparents. My nana would make Fa’apapa for evening tea also if we ever had to’onai’i at her house. I enjoyed helping out always but I probably enjoyed eating the coconut bread fresh out of the oven more than anything else! It was a great experience being able to bake these myself now, especially for when I crave for some Fa’apapa!


Fa’apapa (Coconut bread) Recipe – Below makes x2 Fa’apapa:


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/3 can of coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • Butter/Margarine (used as spread over foiled sheets)


Mix all ingredients together. Use hands to fold the mix over and over again, ensuring all ingredients are mixed-well. Pre-heat oven to 180-200 degrees. Measure and cut foil to put the dough in then use butter/margarine to spread over foils. Divide dough evenly for the number of foils cut. Put in oven and leave to bake 40-50 minutes.

After baked, removed from foiled sheets and the outer layer should be a golden crisp whilst the inside is moist. Enjoy with a cup of hot Koko Samoa, hot tea or coffee 🙂