People in my house get very excited when they see me opening a can of sweet condensed milk. The first thing my two boys ask me is: “Are you making brigadeiros today?”. In case you have no idea what I am talking about It’s okay, keep reading and you will learn about this sweet little treat that has a big place in probably every Brazilian’s heart.
I have been eating brigadeiros for a very long time. They are commonly served at children’s birthday parties but they started to take over weddings, baby showers, and pretty much any celebration you can possibly imagine.
Great specialty stores in Brazil like, Donna Brigadeiro, Maria Brigadeiro, and here in America, Brigadeiro Bakery, and My Sweet Brigadeiros offer a vast selection of this treat. They come in any flavor, color and coating that you can possibly imagine. Creative and talented chefs have turned this popular fudge ball into a gourmet, elegant, and sophisticated delight.
Fall has inspired me to take advantage of the pumpkin season and combine it with the sweet little brigadeiro. The results were fascinating: It tasted like pumpkin pie in a ball.
My sons’ attend a robotics program every Friday, and I sent them with the treat for all his classmates. The plate came back empty and the coach wanted the recipe. This was my first time making brigadeiros with pumpkin and I had to let it cook longer than the classic recipe.
Adapted from here
- 1 can sweet condensed milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- granulated sugar for rolling
- butter to grease you hands
- mini candy paper liners
- cloves for decorating
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine condensed milk, pumpkin puree, butter and cinnamom. Cook, stirring nonstop, until thickened, about 25 to 30 minutes. If you stop stirring, the bottom will burn and you will not like it.
- Remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Using a teaspoon to measure, form into small balls using your hands, roll over your favorite topping and enjoy.
- In this recipe the pumpkin brigadeiro balls were rolled on granulated sugar and a little clove was inserted on the top just for decorations, do not eat the clove!
- You must have your hands greased with some butter, otherwise you can’t form the balls and they will stick to your hands.
What is your favorite fall treat? I would love to hear from you.
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