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How to Make Brigadeiro, Brazil's Favorite Dessert
Easy to Make Brigadeiro
I want to share with you one of the best things about Brazil. No it isn't the beautiful beaches, or the beautiful women. It is the nation's favourite dessert. Brigadeiro.
This is always prepared for birthday parties here in Brazil and it is what the children wait for with excitement! Because of this, brigadeiro brings back fond memories of happy times for adults too who still enjoy it.
The recipe is very simple and only has 3 ingredients. The toppings can be as varied as you like.These could include chopped nuts, coloured sprinkles, cocoa powder, powdered sugar or grated coconut. So if you're ready, let's get started with the recipe.
**If you aren't a fan of chocolate, we also have a recipe below for 'bejinhos' which are made with coconut. These are often served together so no one gets left out.
- 3 Tablespoons Unsweetend Cocoa powder, such as Hersheys or Cadbury's
- 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
- 1 can Sweetend condensed milk
- Colored sprinkles, chopped nuts,etc
- Prepare a plate that you will be using for the cooling process. To do this, lightly grease a dinner plate with butter or margarine. Set aside.
- Place the butter or margarine in a heavy based saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter.
- Add the cocoa powder and the sweetened condensed milk. Begin stirring and break up any lumps of cocoa powder.
- You will need to continue stirring constantly as the mixture could burn. This will take about 10 minutes.
- The mixture will begin to thicken and boil. Keep stirring. You are wanting to get a consistency that will hold together. When the mixture allows you to see the bottom of the pan (as noted in the video) it is ready.
- Pour the mixture onto the prepared (lightly buttered) plate. Spread with a rubber spatula. Disregard the video about putting it into the refrigerator. You shouldn't put hot things into a fridge. Leave on the counter until cool enough to handle.
- Organise your toppings into bowls.
- Butter the palms of your hands. Pick up enough of the cooled mixture to make a 1" (2.5cm) ball. Roll between your palms to form a ball. Now place this into the topping and roll to coat. It may be a good idea to use a spoon for this. Otherwise you may get the topping on your hands and transfer it to mixture when you are rolling.
- Place on a plate or into a paper case. I prefer to use paper cases. Then if they melt, they don't stick together. Put in the refrigerator to chill fully.
- For serving, arrange neatly on a serving tray.
The name Brigadeiros
How brigadeiros started is an interesting story. During the time of WWII there were food shortages here in Brazil as in other countries. Women in Rio, as the story goes, who were looking for something to replace imported chocolate began making these. These ladies made the small chocolate treats using the few ingredients they had. Nestlé's Nescau™ which is similar to Nestlé Quik™ was originally used, and still is in some households.
They named this candy after a brigadier in the Brazilian Air Force named Eduardo Gomes. He was tall, handsome and single and ran (unsuccessfully) for the presidency. It was this combined with Nestlé's wish to get a stronger foot hold in Brazil that propelled this simple sweet chocolate ball to every Brazilian's birthday table.
In some parts of southern Brazil, they are called,Negrinho (little black one or blackies)
Bejinhos (little kiss)
If you aren't a fan of chocolate, we have got you covered as well. Often bejinhos which means little kiss in Portuguese will be served side by side with brigadeiro. They are made the same way except, instead of using the chocolate powder, finely grated desiccated coconut (150g) is added. Once this is rolled into a ball it can be covered in sugar or grated coconut. Traditionally a clove is place on the top like a small flower.
Sometimes these are also called Branquinhos (Little white ones).
Which of these would you prefer?
More quick desserts
- Chocolate cake in 5 minutes.
Do you ever crave chocolate at night? What do you do about it? Here is a recipe for chocolate cake that you can make in 5 minutes in your microwave.
© 2012 Mary Wickison