Quindim (Brazilian Coconut Flan)

Last weekend we celebrated the foods of Brazil at the Summer 2013 edition of Moveable Feast. This cuisine is unfamiliar to me but as I researched I came across a recipe for Quindim (pronounced keen-deem) or Brazilian Coconut Flan. I was intrigued and liked that they could be made as little bite-size versions using a mini-muffin tin.

Unlike most other Brazilian desserts, this one didn't call for sweetened condensed milk. But don't let that fool you, it still had a rich base of egg yolks, sugar, and coconut milk.

Ingredients included Thai coconut milk and Hawaiian coconut sugar


Unsweetened coconut (I don't have fresh), a little butter, and a little vanilla are all I needed to round out the ingredients.


Once all the ingredients were incorporated I poured the batter into a mini-muffin tin. I buttered and sugared the pan using some coconut sugar I got in Hawaii to enhance the coconut flavor. This recipe made exactly 24 mini flan.


The muffin tin goes into a bain-marie in the oven to bake. I used a jelly roll pan since the muffin tin was so shallow. It was a little tricky not getting water spilled everywhere but otherwise it worked really well.


For larger molds the baking time is 45 - 60 minutes. I started at 15 minutes and then checked the quindim every few minutes. When I finally removed them from the oven they were firm and just slightly golden brown. In my oven it was somewhere between 20-25 minutes.

As with many things I try for the first time, I wasn't sure that the quindim would come out properly. The batter was very pale and didn't look at all like the rich yellow I saw in the pictures. I wondered if it had to do with the eggs that I used. But when they came out of the molds, they were beautiful. The grated coconut floats to to top of the flan and when they're turned out they act as a crust.




It's a beautiful little dessert, a perfectly sized sweet treat after a big meal.

I printed the recipe and didn't include the URL reference so my apologies that I cannot give due credit to the original author of the recipe. I searched as I wrote this entry and cannot find the original reference. If anyone has it, please let me know. Until I can find it and give proper credit, here's the recipe I followed:

coconut, flan, Brazil
dessert
Brazilian
Yield: 18
Quindim - Brazilian Coconut Flan

Quindim - Brazilian Coconut Flan

(pronounced keen-deem)
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut (if fresh is unavailable, use unsweetened flaked coconut)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 8 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 360 F.
  2. Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.
  3. Pour into mini-muffin tins that have been greased and dusted with sugar.
  4. Fill a big baking pan with about 1/2 inch of water and place the mini-muffin tin inside the pan. Bake in the water pan until flan is firm and golden brown (15 minutes).
  5. Remove from oven, cool and remove from mini-muffin tin by running a knife around the edge. If they do not release immediately, chill first.
  6. Can be placed in paper cups for serving.

Calories

109.02

Fat (grams)

5.49

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.56

Carbs (grams)

13.98

Fiber (grams)

0.47

Net carbs

13.51

Sugar (grams)

12.90

Protein (grams)

1.44

Sodium (milligrams)

27.90

Cholesterol (grams)

85.37
Nutritional information calculated using The Recipes Generator
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