Brigadeiros

brigadeiros

When I was in Brazil, one of the first things I learned was: se não tem brigadeiros, não tem festa! If there’s a party there has to be brigadeiros. If there’s no brigadeiros, there’s no party. Easy as that. Once I tasted these scrumptious sweets, I understood and adapted that rule, and brought it home to Norway. Brigadeiros are brazilian “docinhos” or sweets. A candy made of sweetened condensed milk, butter and chocolate or chocolate powder. They are very easy to make, and very easy to eat too. So whenever I’m throwing a party – birthday, Christmas – whatever, I’m excused and finally allowed to eat brigadeiros again!

This weekend I was hosting a bachelorette-party, and that definetely called for brigadeiros. First of all, that’s a real party-excuse, and besides, brigadeiros tend to be very popular among the girls… I can say I was right! And they look like you’ve really made an effort, while they’re actually super-easy to make.
So if you want raise some praises, and try out these brazilian chocolate-balls, this is what you do:

You need:
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (400 g)
1 ts butter
1 ts nesquick (or a little chocolate)

Put everything in a heavy saucepan, mix and stir. Keep stirring constantly over low heat until the mixture holds together as a soft mass and you can see the bottom of the pan. Stir for another couple of minutes, and remove from heat. Allow to cool, and store in the fridge until it’s cold and firm enough to form little balls. It usually takes a few hours. If it’s very sticky, butter your hands to form the little balls. For a traditional look, roll in brown sprinkles and put in small paper cups. Or you can roll them in cocoa powder, icing sugar or coloured jimmies if you want to make them look different. Either way, they are delicious! But if you’re not making them for a party, but for your own pleasure you can do as the brazilians do: Simply eat it with a spoon straight out of the pan! If you’re like me, you know all food tastes better eaten that way…

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