Brigadeiros

» Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Blog, Brazilian Culture | 0 comments

Brigadeiro

Among the many Brazilian delicacy, one of the most popular is certainly the Brigadeiro, a Brazilian party food staple created in 1940. In some countries the Brigadeiro is also known as the “Brazilian truffle.”

The Brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It can be cooked in the oven or the microwave, in the form of individual little balls. It can also be eaten straight from the pot once it is done cooking.

We can not say for sure its origins.

One version explains that the dessert was invented in Brazil after World War II. During that time, it was difficult to find fresh milk and sugar to make any kind of desserts. Because of this, it was discovered that if one mixed condensed milk and chocolate, the result would be a delicious sweet treat.

Another story tells of how the Brigadeiro was a tribute to the brigadier Eduardo Gomes, a liberal, who was said to be very handsome during his time.

Controversies aside, the brigadeiro is a national icon. It is a democratic dessert that many people can enjoy. It can be made in the north or the south, eaten by rich or by poor, men or women, children or adults.

Let’s make brigadeiros!

Ingredients:

1 can of condensed milk

2 tablespoons of powdered chocolate ]

1 tablespoon of butter

1 cup of chocolate sprinkles (Optional)

**Small cupcake liners (optional, if made in small balls)

How to Make:

In a pan, mix the condensed milk with the powdered chocolate and butter in low heat. Continue to mix until the contents begin to boil and bubbles start forming (lasts close to 10 minutes). Once done, let the mixture cool.

To make the Brigadeiro in the more traditional way, move the contents from the pan to a clean bowl lined with butter on the inside. Wait for the mixture to cool off. Apply butter to hands so that it is easier to roll the chocolate into little balls. Grab a small portion of the mixture and roll it using hands to give it its round shape. Once done, roll the Brigadeiros in the chocolate sprinkles and serve them in the cupcake liners.

Feeds: 40 people
Preparation Time: 45 minutes

 

 

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