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Quindim is a popular Brazilian baked dessert, made chiefly from sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut.
Ingredients and preparation
A typical recipe would call for 250 - 500 grams of sugar, 10 to 20 egg yolks, and 100 to 250 g of ground coconut. Butter (up to 200 g) is a common addition. Some recipes add other ingredients, such as 2–3 egg whites, 100 ml of milk, coconut milk, or water, a dash of salt, or a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
In the simplest recipes, the ingredients are blended together with a spatula or wooden spoon. If butter is used, it should be melted and combined with the sugar first, and this mixture then combined with the yolks, coconut, and other ingredients. Some recipes say to prepare a hot syrup with sugar and water, to which are added the melted butter and other ingredients. Others recommend allowing the mixture to stand in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
In any case, the mixture is poured into a greased cupcake pan, placed into another baking pan with 1–2 cm of water, and baked at 150–180 Celsius or 350°F until a golden brown crust forms and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The quindims should be left to cool in the pan, then removed while still warm by upturning the mold and gently prying them out. When served, the crust becomes the bottom. The top should be a rich translucent yellow custard-like substance.