Quindim (Brazilian Coconut Egg Custards)
These Brazilian treats feature a rich eggy custard on the top and a chewy coconut crust on the bottom. Both crust and custard come from a single batter: The macaroon-like crust forms as the shredded coconut floats and browns while baking; once cooled, the desserts are inverted, revealing the shiny, sunny custard layer. White sugar will result in sunny yellow custard, while light brown sugar will tint it pale gold. Be sure to allow the quindim to cool—and fully set—completely before flipping the muffin tray. Quindim, a term that traces its etymology from both Brazilian Portuguese and West African languages, may also appear in the plural as quindins. When the custard is baked in a ring mold, it is called quindão. This recipe is from Jessica B. Harris, a scholar of the cuisine of the African diaspora who fell in love with the dessert on her travels to Salvador, in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Read more about her travels and culinary discoveries here.