Thursday, July 14, 2011

Brigadeiro - Brazilian Truffles

Brigadeiros, a favorite Brazilian confection, are a cross between and caramel and a truffle -similar to a chocolate caramel. They are made with sweetened condensed milk which is also the ingredient used in some recipes for dulce le leche, a delicious caramel sauce.

How did I come across this recipe? Here's the short story:

My son happened to choose Brazil for his project in the 6th grade World's Fair held at his school. My son's partner for the project happened to have a sister who happened to be dating a Brazilian boy who happened to give us the recipe for these delightful treats.

The boys passed them out at the World's Fair. The kids devoured them.

The end.

Four ingredients is all it takes to make these delicious little bites of chewy chocolate sweetness.

recipe from my son's friend's sister's boyfriend
makes about 50 small truffles

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, or chocolate powder like Nesquik (I used cocoa)
1 tablespoon butter
chocolate sprinkles, finely grated coconut or cocoa powder

Place condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture seems like it wants to form a ball and coming away from the sides of the pan and has the consistency of caramel, about 20 minutes or more.

Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and let cool. The mixture will harden a bit.

Roll mixture into balls using buttered hands or a very small cookie scoop coated with cooking oil spray. Dip balls into sprinkles or coconut. Place the truffles in mini paper candy cups.

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