Quindims from Brazil
Tipo de receta: Dessert
Cocina: Brazilian
Raciones: 8
Typical Brazilian dessert, made with egg yolks and coconut
  • 5 eggs (strained, if you prefer)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 180g caster sugar (1)
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 100g dried coconut flakes (2)
  • 30g water
  • Aditional sugar and butter for the molds
  1. Mix the dried coconut with the water to hydrate it a little. You will see that it soaks up the water like mad.
  2. Mix the eggs, yolks and sugar, and beat with a whisk to dissolve the sugar to some extent. Add the coconut, mixing well.
  3. Allow the mixture to stand one hour, so that the coconut further hydrates.
  4. Preheat the oven on low heat for the water bath (150°C is sufficient).
  5. Butter the molds and sprinkle with sugar. When the mixture has rested, whisk a little because the coconut tends to float, and fill the molds to a height of a one and a half fingers or so.
  6. Boil water and place the molds on a tray that can hold the water bath. If you use convection air in the oven, I prefer to cover the molds with foil, since the air tends to dry them excessively. If you do not use air, molds can be left uncovered.
  7. Put the tray in the oven and pour the boiling water. Bake the quindims 35-40 minutes, until the center is set.
  8. Remove the quindims and allow to cool before unmolding. Run a knife between the quindim and the mold to loosen, and invert the mold onto a plate. They unmold quite easily, but are delicate, so they should be treated with care and affection...
(1) I always have vanilla sugar at hand. If you don't have it, use some vanilla extract.
(2) The original recipes use fresh coconut, as it is quite easy to find in Brazil. But dried coconut can be used to great effect, after rehydrating it of course.
(3) Variations: 7 yolks can used and then substitute coconut milk for the same weight of the egg whites. Some advise to first mix the hydrated coconut with the sugar and butter, then leave the mixture to rest 6 hours minimum. Though this sounds good, I haven't tried it and I can't say how it affects the final result.
Recipe by Recetas caseras con fotos paso a paso de El Invitado de Invierno at https://invitadoinvierno.com/quindims-from-brazil/