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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Brooklyn. And Brigadeiro.

What these two things have in common is anybody’s guess. Well, actually they have me in common :) Hopefully, while you read this, the Skewer family will still be on holiday, and staying in Brooklyn. And before we left on our little holiday, I made a plateful of these to take to a party.

(by the way, thanks for all the comments on the previous posts)

If you are familiar with Brasilian cuisine, you’ll be familiar with these. They’re like little balls of sweet, chewy fudge, and often appear at parties or gatherings. The reason they are so popular is because they taste good (well, goes without saying huh?), and are extremely simple to make.

Even on my first try, I managed to whip these up within half an hour. I followed a recipe found here at Brazilian Food dot com , and used a 375g can of condensed milk. The only tricky part was judging when the mixture was ready. I was quite sure my mixture was too “slumpy” but after cooling they were the perfect texture.

The mixture is quite sticky, and I found the simplest way to shape the balls was to drop teaspoonfuls of the batter into a shallow bowl filled with the chocolate sprinkles. Using another clean spoon, I moved the mixture around until it was coated. Then I used my hands to roll these into the ball shapes.

I’d definitely make these again, and next time I might even try coating them  in crushed toasted nuts or rainbow sprinkles for a bit of fun.

See you real soon!


Hungry Dog said...

These sound delicious and like the perfect take-along to a party or picnic. Hope you are having a fantastic time in NYC!!

grace said...

i can definitely see myself sinking my teeth into one of these...and having my teeth stay there. indefinitely. but i'd love it! :)

Renata said...

Oh yeah, these are definitely popular in Brazil (my home) and they are present in every birthday party. I think even kids learn how to make brigadeiro when they are still very young. I remember gathering with friends after school to make a brigadeiro afternoon, eaten with spoons right out of the pan haha
Oh, I could bite into some of these right now, they look gorgeous, and it's been a long time since I last had brigadeiros...