I had to introduce these delicious treats to my children in a very early age. If you are a Brazilian or have visited Brazil enough times, you know what I mean.
Brigadeiros are part of the culture in Brazil. They are the icon of every birthday party and more important than the birthday cake itself. There is no cake to compete with the power of brigadeiros.
This is how it works. Imagine hundreds of these little treats placed beautifully at a center table. Yes, they like to be the center of the attention. Just pick one and drop it right into your mouth.
Soon you will realize that one is not enough, go ahead help yourself again, don’t feel guilty, there are plenty for everyone. I have seen this scene many times.
I don’t remember when I was introduced to those delicious treats for the first time, but I do remember that I am an adult and I still want them.
In fact, in my teen years, my friends and I raced to see who would finish eating brigadeiros first. Forget about rolling them on sprinkles and make them look pretty, just grab a spoon and eat it as fast as you can.
Those days are over now, I can’t eat like that anymore. I want to believe I am more responsible about my eating habits. So I think of brigadeiros as gluten free treats, and small enough to enjoy and not feel guilty. One or two will satisfy my cravings.
My kids don’t think this way I guess, they want brigadeiros often. I laugh and love to see them experiencing these little treats just like I did when I was their age.
This is the recipe that I grew up with. Very simple and easy to make. If you don’t use a nonstick pan you should add a tablespoon of butter with your condensed milk and chocolate powder. I tried substituting the chocolate powder for cocoa powder but I find the taste a bit too strong for me.
If you still don’t know what to do for Valentines, this is a great treat share.
Brigadeiros – Brazilian Fudge Truffles
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tablespoons of chocolate powder
- 1 tablespoon butter ( for hands)
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine condensed milk and chocolate powder. Cook, stirring nonstop, until thickened, about 15 to 20 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.
- You must have your hands greased with some butter, otherwise you can’t form the balls and they will stick to your hands.