Our twist on a classic Meu Bem Querido (a meringue topped coconut custard dessert) – with Chocolate and Cinnamon

Here is our twist on a classic Meu Bem Querido recipe (a meringue topped coconut custard dessert) with Chocolate and Cinnamon. Meu Bem Querido translates as My Very Dearest Darling.

Meu Bem Querido with Chocolate and Cinnamon

Meu Bem Querido with Chocolate and Cinnamon

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:

1 tin of condensed milk

2 tins fresh milk

5 medium eggs, separated out into egg yolks (into a cake mixing bowl) and egg whites (into a separate, very clean, high-sided bowl)

60g dessicated coconut

6 Tbsp hot water

1 dsp caster sugar

1 dsp cornflour

2 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon powder

3 Tbsp caster sugar, for meringue

Small knob of butter to grease ovenproof dish

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 180 oC, and grease a rectangular ovenproof dish ( 30cm x 20cm x 5cm) with the small knob of butter.

First, in a bowl mix the 1dsp caster sugar through the dessicated coconut and gradually add the 6Tbsp of hot water whilst stirring. Leave aside to soak and soften.

Mix the condensed milk, fresh milk and egg yolks together well. Add the coconut, cocoa powder, cinnamon powder and cornflour, and combine well. Pour in mix into dish and bake for 30mins until firm.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks; gradually adding the 3 Tbsp caster sugar as you whisk the egg whites.

Cover the pudding (baked custard) base with the meringue mix and bake for a further 20-30mins until the meringue turns golden brown.

Note: If you feel like making a classic Meu Bem Querido, just omit the cocoa and cinnamon powders.

Hope you enjoy making this amazing Portugese and Brazilian dessert as much as we do!

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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One Response to Our twist on a classic Meu Bem Querido (a meringue topped coconut custard dessert) – with Chocolate and Cinnamon

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