Brigadeiro is a staple sweet in Brazil. It is the most recognized birthday party sweet.
|A brigadeiro in the little paper "cup" most party sweets in Brazil are placed in.|
|Brigadeiro being made - a metal spoon works fine, but wooden spoons don't warm up as much or as fast,|
so they're preferable so you don't end up burning yourself
The chocolate powder most used to make it in Brazil is Nescau (for a picture of what the can looks like check out my Breakfast post). The most commonly used condensed milk is Leite Moça (it's called Milk Maid in the US, I think).
Really, any brand works for any of the ingredients, these are just the most popularly used. In Canada the chocolate powder I use as a substitute is Nesquik.
- 1 cup of chocolate powder
- 1 can of condensed milk
- 1 can of cream
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- Sprinkles (for rolling the sweets in)
- Put a pan on the stove and put in the cream, condensed milk,
and butter. Once they start to warm up pour in the chocolate powder
as you mix so you get it evenly distributed. You
can pour the chocolate in before it's started to warm up, but it's
easier to mix it in evenly this way.
- Keep on mixing it until it thickens. The average time is
about ten minutes. A neat way to check if the “dough” is ready
is to pour a bit of cold water in a cup/bowl and place a tiny dollop
of it in. Wait til it cools a bit so you don't burn yourself then
try to roll it into a little ball. If you manage to do that and it
doesn't crumble into the water then it's ready.
- Wait for it to cool (you can cheat and put it in the fridge
to cool it faster – I do!) then scoop up about a tablespoon and roll them into balls. The size doesn't
actually matter – it depends on your preference, really.
- Roll the balls on your preference of sprinkles. You can use
any type you want. The most common are the ones shown, but
you can use sprinkles with shapes, regular sugar, shredded coconut,
almond/nut slices, M&M's...