Category: Brazilian

  • Quindim (gluten-free coconut custard)

    This has a texture similar to flan. 1 C water 3/4 C sugar 1 t vanilla 1 T butter 12 egg yolks 1 C dried coconut (unsweetened) Preheat oven to 350 F. Boil a quart of water and butter a muffin pan. Dust the muffin pan with powdered sugar. In a small saucepan (you can…

  • Ovos recheados (stuffed eggs)

    Here’s a completely different approach to eggs for an appetizer. Instead of making the usual deviled eggs with mayonnaise, this version uses bread crumbs, cheese, and butter — and they’re served hot. 8 eggs 2 T bread crumbs 1/2 grated Parmesan or other hard cheese 2 T melted butter Salt and pepper Preheat oven to…

  • Brazilian Fish in Coconut Milk

    4 white fish steaks, about 9 oz each Juice of 2 limes 2 garlic cloves, minced Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped Salt 1 onion, diced 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced 2 tomatoes, diced 2/3 C coconut milk 2 T tomato paste 1 T olive oil In a bowl, marinate the fish in the…

  • Salada de Xuxu (chayote salad)

    The first time I saw a chayote, I was almost 40 years old. It was in a grocery store in New Orleans, and there were enormous heaps of them for sale in the produce department, labeled “merlitons” or “mirlitons.” I bought one out of curiosity, peeled it, removed the pit, and sliced it up. It…

  • Manjar (Brazilian Rice Flour Pudding)

    5 C milk 1-1/3 C rice flour 1 C + 2 T sugar Pinch salt In a saucepan, heat the milk with the rice flour, sugar, and salt, whisking until dissolved. Remove from heat before it boils and set it in a pan of boiling water. On low heat, keeping the water simmering, cook for…

  • Avocado Cream

    3 ripe avocados 1/2 C + 2 T sugar Juice of 1 lime 6 T milk Pinch salt 3 T port wine Peel and chop the avocados. Place in a small bowl and sprinkle with lime juice and sugar. Cover and chill for 15 minutes. In a blender or food processor, blend the avocado mixture…

  • Bolinho de Estudante

    Another version of gluten-free Brazilian “doughnuts.” 1-1/2 C tapioca flour 1/3 C sugar 2/3 C grated coconut 1 C milk Pinch salt 1/2 to 1 C water Oil for deep-frying Cinnamon Powdered sugar n a bowl, mix the tapioca flour, sugar, coconut, milk, and salt. Add enough water to make a smooth paste and let…

  • Sonhos

    These are kind of like gluten-free doughnuts. 1 C milk 1 T sugar 1/4 t salt 1 level C tapioca flour 4 egg yolks Oil for deep-frying 2 T powdered sugar 1 t cinnamon In a nonstick saucepan, stir the milk over medium-high heat with the 1 T sugar and salt. When it bubbles to…

  • Saudades

    I haven’t tried to make these, but if I ever come across sago flour, I will. They are Brazilian cookies of Portuguese origin, said to have a texture between a macaroon and a meringue. You might be able to substitute tapioca flour for the sago flour. 5 egg yolks 1-1/4 C sugar 1-1/2 C fine…

  • Bahiana Bolo

    This cake recipe is supposed to be a very authentic version of the bolo made in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. My memories of Bahiana food are mainly the ultra-fresh seafood, vegetables, and fruits, but as I cast my mind back, I recall eating simple, delicious pieces of cake, too. I can’t wait to try this one.…