Between my curiosity about Brazil after watching the World Cup last month and viewing programs about international sweets on television I decided to whip up some Brazilian sweets called brigadeiro.
The confection is an addictive cross between a truffle and a caramel, and it is really quite simple to prepare.
The recipe requires just three ingredients: sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter.
The mixture is cooked in a saucepan over medium heat while stirred until it becomes very thick. The process takes 10-15 minutes.
After the mixture is thick, you’ll let it cool in the refrigerator before rolling it into balls and coatings.
The mixture is sticky, so grease the palms of your hand with a little butter before rolling into balls.
Coatings can include nonpareils, chocolate sprinkles, chopped toasted nuts, toffee bits, crushed pretzels or crushed Oreo cookies.
The recipe makes about two dozen brigadeiro, and it can be doubled.
Store the confections in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons butter, plus additional butter for your hands
- Chopped peanuts, pistachios, pecans or other nuts. Toffee bits
- Crushed pretzels
- Finely crushed Oreo cookie
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until very thick. A wooden spoon or spatula scraped through the mixture should leave a trail in the bottom of the pan.
- Cool mixture.
- Rub a small amount of butter into the palms of your hands and take a heaping teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball.
- Roll into desired toppings and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes about 20-24 sweets.
Watch Karin prepare the recipe on Tuesdays on WJBF-TV 6 (ABC) at noon and Wednesdays during Good Morning Augusta.
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