In Brazil we have a birthday tradition: eat Brigadeiro. Brigadeiro is a tiny chocolate candy ball that tastes like heaven. It’s the sort of sweet that as you eat, brings a smile to your face and makes life’s problems less of a concern for a few minutes.
Every child’s birthday back home requires a batch of these treats and to bring back my wonderful childhood memories I always make some for mine. So last week it wasn’t any different. I made a big batch of brigadeiro since I knew I would have a bunch of hungry Brazilian kids and adults over to celebrate with me.
Here’s the recipe for happiness:
- 1 can of condensed milk
- 4 table spoons of cocoa powder (I use Quick, you can also use cocoa for baking with no sugar)
- 1 table spoon of margarine
- 1/3 of a cup of milk
- small baking paper cups
In a pan, mix well the condensed milk, milk and cocoa and lastly add the margarine. Bring the pan to the cook top over medium heat and keep stirring it until it starts coming off the bottom of the pan. It usually boils and I leave it on for 3 to 4 minutes even after it starts coming off the bottom of the pan. If you don’t keep stirring it well the Brigadeiro will start forming some hard chunks (like caramel) on the bottom which will take away from the amazing experience of eating soft, chocolate balls.
Let it cool for a few hours and once completely cool, add the sprinkles to a bowl, spread some margarine on your hand in order to avoid getting the Brigadeiro to stick to them. With the help of a spoon take some of the Brigadeiro, make a small ball in your hands and put it in the bowl of the sprinkles and ensure it is well coated throughout. Put each of the Brigadeiros in a small baking paper cup. Repeat until you’ve shaped all of them.
Tip: In North America, some people love to eat cookie dough. Brazilians do the same, but with Brigadeiro. We cook it and we don’t even wait for it to completely cool down, we grab some spoons and eat it off the pan.