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Brazilian Recipe - Coconut Sweet Potato Custard
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Cocada de Forno de Batata Doce (Coconut-Sweet Potato Custard) and Gilberto Gil's Music

Recipe for a delicious, gluten-free, custardy cocada de forno de batata doce or coconut-sweet potato custard -- which can be served warm accompanied by vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter softened, or 1 cup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 dash salt
  • 4 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes**
  • cup cornstarch sifted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (about 180º C). Lightly grease an 11 x 9 x 2-½ inch (28 x 23 x 6.5 cm) pan, or any oblong or rectangular 48-ounce baking dish with a butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray.
  • In the electric mixer, mix the butter with the sugar at medium speed until obtaining a creamy mixture. Add the eggs - one at a time- mixing after each addition until well incorporated. Scrape the sides of the mixer bowl, add both the condensed milk and the coconut milk, the vanilla extract, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and mix again at medium speed until blended. Then, stir in the coconut flakes and the mashed sweet potato until batter is homogeneous although grainy.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold in the flour/cornstarch and pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for about 70 - 80 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center wobbles slightly when the pan is gently shaken. Remove from oven and let rest for about 15 minutes before serving. It can be accompanied by a scoop of either cinnamon or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The batter can be made one day ahead, covered, and refrigerated. In this case, bring dish to room temperature before baking.

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