Brazilian Coconut Flan (Quindim)

Coconut Flan

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
288 Calories
18g Fat
25g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 263mg 88%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 9g
Calcium 41mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A variety of small individual, petit four-like treats are often served at South American parties. Quindim, a popular coconut treat in Brazil made with lots of egg yolks, coconut, sugar, and butter, is often served this way, although it can also be made into one large ring custard. Quindim is baked in a water bath, and the coconut rises to the top while it's baking. The cakes are then flipped out of the molds to reveal their sparkly golden cap of custard. The coconut becomes the sweet chewy crust.


  • 8 tablespoons butter (plus 2 tablespoons melted butter for greasing the pans)
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar (plus more for dusting the pans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 egg yolks (plus 1 whole egg)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups coconut (fresh or frozen, finely grated, unsweetened)

Steps to Make It

  1. With a pastry brush, paint melted butter inside all of the molds of 2 mini-muffin pans.

  2. Sprinkle sugar liberally over all of the molds, then turn the pans over and tap out the excess.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and heat a pot of water on the stove.

  4. Cream the butter with the sugar and the salt until fluffy.

  5. Make sure the egg yolks and egg are at room temperature (you can warm them very briefly in the microwave if necessary). Add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each. The batter should be smooth. Stir in the coconut flavoring and the vanilla.

  6. Fold in the fresh coconut. (If coconut is not finely grated, process it in a food processor or blender first).

  7. Place each cupcake pan inside of a large pan with sides, like a roasting pan. Fill each mini cupcake mold almost full with batter.

  8. Pour the hot water into the larger pan to a depth of about 3/4 of an inch, so that the muffin pan is sitting in a water bath, being careful not to let water splash into the batter. It sometimes helps to put the pans in the oven first, and then pour the water into the bottom pan, so that the water doesn't slosh around as you are moving the pans to the oven.

  9. Bake custards for about 15 minutes, or until they are firm to the touch and light golden brown.

  10. Let cool for 15 minutes on a rack. To remove custards, run a knife around the edge to loosen them from the pan and then gently flip them or lift them out. If they will not come out easily, chill them first.

  11. Serve chilled.


  • This recipe can be made in one standard muffin tin, to make 12 standard muffin size flans. It can also be made in a medium-size (6 to 7 cup) ring mold.

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