I wandered into Crate and Barrel this morning, (dangerous territory for me and my credit card…) and ran into my kindred spirit Dona Suzy – who lived across the street from me in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over 30 years ago. Very small world. We chatted about all sorts of things and lamented the fact that neither of us had visited the country since the 1980s. She wondered what Brazilian fare I would be whipping up today for the Brazil-Mexico World Cup game. I said: “Brigadeiros, of course.”
It seems to me that brigadeiros were served at every single party I attended during the years I lived in Brazil. They are a Brazilian staple. Brigadeiros are delicious chewy little chocolate candy covered in chocolate sprinkles, and a snap to make…
As it seems to be a round-the-clock World Cup party at House Morell at the moment (and likely will be for weeks), it was time to dust off the brigadeiro recipe. Just four ingredients – sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles.
Having a few people around to watch soccer/football? Whip up a batch of these babies. Trust me, it’s a little bite of Brazilian happiness. Even if your team ties…
Makes: 2-3 dozen
- Two 14-Ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Chocolate sprinkles
- In a small sauce pot combine the sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder. Place the pot over medium high heat and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring constantly (this is very important — do not leave it for a moment! I have a charred pan to prove that is a bad idea), until mixture is thick and shiny and starts to pull away from bottom and side of sauce pot. The mixture is going to get thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until melted and smooth. Pop the pot into the fridge for at least a half an hour to cool.
- Once the mixture is cool, place the sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Rub some softened butter onto your hands and scoop out rounded teaspoon of the chocolate mixture and roll into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls. Roll each ball in the chocolate sprinkles, and place on a platter.
- Makes 2 or 3 dozen brigadeiros, depending on how big you make them.