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Quindim - recipe - How to make it - step by step

Quindim - recipe - How to make it - step by step

Quindims are especially popular in the North of Portugal. They are typical Christmas sweets, that base on eggs, sugar and coconut. (If you like more coconut recipes check: Cocadas - recipe - How to make it - step by step - without baking).

All coconut lovers should not skip that delicious dessert. Quindims are full of aroma and have a perfect golden color Apart from that, their silky, custard like texture is addictive. Served properly chilled could be a good alternative to standard ice-creams. Natural ingredients including coconuts and coconut milk make quindims suitable for a all these persons that cannot or prefer to skip a regular cow milk. 

What you need for preparing quindims is patience and time for cooling them before serving. So be prepared to make them about 5 hours before your friends come. Another thing is, that you might need a special form, something like a small version of the one you are using for Eastern cakes (a round one with a central cone) You can make it in a one big form or in a form that consists of a lot of smaller cups. In case you do not have these little forms, just take the one you are using for regular muffins.


  • 15 g butter
  • 300 g sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 50 g coconut flakes/ shredded coconut
  • 200 ml coconut milk


  1. mix all ingredients in a blender so that you get a silky and homogenous mixture
  2. butter the form and sprinkle it with sugar (or all muffin cups)
  3. pour the mixture from the blender into the form
  4. cover it with an aluminum foil
  5. heat the oven up to 180 ° C
  6. bake for 40 minutes under the cover
  7. remove the foil and bake for next 30 minutes or till the moment quindims’ surfaces are golden
  8. remove from the oven and let it cool
  9. when your quindims are cool, put them to the fridge for at least 2 hours
  10. before serving remove them from the form and put upside down – so that the narrower side is on top

Bom apetite!

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