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Brazilian Desserts: Easy Recipe for Quindim (Coconut Flan)

Updated on October 24, 2017
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Quindim (with Brigadeiros & Beijinhos in Background)

Easy Brazilian desserts that anyone can make!

For Those Who Love Coconut.

If you've ever been to Brazil, you'll know that Brazilians- in general- are fond of sweets. This isn't surprising given that Brazil is a major exporter of sugar cane. When I lived in São Paulo, I discovered many new desserts that were delicious. Unsurprisingly, since there is an abundance of tropical fruits in Brazil, there are many incorporated in their recipes.

Quindim (keen-deem) is a type coconut flan. It is one of Brazil's most popular desserts and usually served at bridal or wedding showers, birthday parties, holidays, and of course, bakeries. It is very yellow due to the high quantity of egg yolks used. Quindim is the perfect companion for a rich cup of coffee or espresso.

If you notice in the background of this photo, there are several mouth watering Brigadeiros and Beijinhos , which area also very popular Brazilian desserts.

QUINDIM (Coconut Flan)

1 c sugar (since I don't have a big sweet tooth, I use less: scant 3/4 cup)

1 c FRESH grated coconut (if fresh is unavailable, use unsweetened flaked coconut)

1/3 c coconut milk

8 egg yolks (beaten)

2 T butter (or coconut oil)

1 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 360 f.

1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.

2. Pour into individual molds that have been greased and dusted with sugar.

3. Fill a big baking pan with about 1/2 inch of water and place the molds inside the pan. Bake in the water pan until flan is firm and golden brown (45 - 60minutes).

4. Remove from oven, allow to cool and remove from molds. Place in paper cups before serving. Enjoy!

Health benefits of coconuts

Coconut supports the immune system because it's anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitical and anti-bacterial. In addition to providing quick energy, coconut aids in digestion. It reduces bad cholesterol, which is good for your heart, and regulates the thyroid. Ingredients found in coconuts also promote healthy, young looking skin.


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      Eileen 6 years ago

      Yum, sounds devine!!! Will try to make them over christmas. Thanks for sharing