What Is Quindim?
If you are hearing the name for the first time and thinking “What a funny name”, you would not be the first one. In case you don’t know what it is, it is a Brazilian baked dessert made of shredded coconut, egg yolks, and sugar. Some other ingredients are also included but they tend to vary from recipe to recipe. Quindims are usually served in inverted cup shapes but you can also use a ring like a mold to make a big single one. But then it is called Quindao and you need to serve them in slices.
Fun fact: quindim refers to the manners and humor characteristic to that of an adolescent girl.
Quindims are easy to make using regular ingredients and if you have a coconut in your home somewhere, you would not have to go to a fruit store either. Let’s check them out.
- 10 egg yolks. If you keep them in the refrigerator then bring their temperature up to room’s first.
- About 100 gram of shredded coconut
- 200 ml of coconut milk
- A cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can also use orange liqueur instead
- Softened butter for the mold
- A small pinch of salt if you like the taste.
- Start by heating your oven. Pre-heat your oven to about 130 degrees C if you are using a convection oven. Notch up the heat about 30 degrees if you are using a conventional one.
- Put your coconut, coconut milk, sugar and egg yolks in a bowl and mix them with a wooden spoon. You can also add the egg whites but it is wise to add them separately from other ingredients since they tend to split if you are too hard on the mixing process. You do not want your custard to be grainy.
- Next, grease the bottom and sides of 16 mini muffin tins or a 6-inch ring mold with softened butter and sprinkle them with sugar. Pour the mixture into them.
- Place them in your pre-heated oven. The mini quindim would take about 20 to 25 minutes to be baked properly whereas the ring-mold mixture (the quindao) would take about an hour. If you are unsure about that time then take a toothpick and fully insert it at the center. Pull it out and if it is clean then your baking is done.
- Take them out of the oven once baking is done and let them cool down. Once they are of about room temperature (still warm) run a metallic icing spatula around the edges. This should help with the removal. Now put a plate over the tins or mold and turn them upside down. They should slide right out without leaving bits and pieces on the molds. Cool them down completely and refrigerate. Serve them cold after decorating.
Remember not to “unmold” your Quindims either hot or cold. Hot Quindims will break apart if you try to take them out and the cold ones will not come out at all. It is always great to serve them with a glistening yellow surface.