Brigadeiro – Brazilian Sweets are chewy, scrumptious, and chocolate-ly dulce de leche based candy originated in Brazil. You will only need a pan, whisk, a can of condensed milk, cocoa, butter…and a little arm workout!
This post was originally published in October 2015. I have uploaded the new pictures while the actual recipe and post remain unchanged.
You’ve been waiting for this moment for a few long, long months.
I’m kind of hoping you’ve lost your sleep or at least appetite.
Finally, this is happening. It’s another part of my revelations. Do you still remember them (all parts are here)? In fact, this might be the most important part because it’s about havoc…Havoc In The Kitchen!
However, I’m a wet blanket, and I’m going to spoil your fun. It’s not going to be a bombshell! Basically, I’ve mentioned many times what kind of person I am in the kitchen.
Okay, let’s get this Havoc started!
First of all, I’m probably the only one person in the World able to use up all the tableware and cutlery at once while making an avocado toast. At least Andrey has said that numerous times. That’s just an outrageous exaggeration. Never ever has I used up all the kitchen stuff at once.
But that’s somewhat truth cause I always use a lot of things. Usually, after my cooking, the dishwasher is ready to be turned on. Plus, often, while photographing, it’s so hard to figure out which props work best so you need literally try a few things.
But I guess that’s quite a common thing for food photographers. Or I hope so. So if that has happened to you at least once, please sign the petition and send it to Andrew. We should stop his insinuations!
I won’t be saying that the area around me is perfectly clean once I finished. Nope. I’m always an honest guy. On the other hand, just imagine this: you’ve been cooking for a few hours and taking a lot of pictures for another 5 hours. You’re completely fatigued. Perhaps, you’re even sick of seeing the kitchen. How could someone anticipate from you the immaculately clean kitchen? Don’t be ridiculous! You can’t clean the walls, curtains, and sometimes the ceilings by yourself. Sure you can skip some spots. In my book, when Andrey has something to say, that’s not because of me being messy but because of him having too high standards.
Don’t get it twisted, please. I’m not that guy who blames everyone but not himself. I’m just a human being. I accept my mistakes.
As you may remember, I have mentioned few times one of my favorite TV characters, ALF. I love him for being such a handsome and hilarious guy. Andrey says it’s so because I see some connections between us. That’s true. Sometimes I feel I’m a handsome and hilarious guy too. Buy Andrey certainly hints at ALF’s ability to damage the kitchen stuff and blow up the kitchen. Lies! I’ve never blown up the kitchen!
I might have broken a few things while cooking or whisking the eggs, though. I also admit I’ve damaged a few pieces of equipment too. That’s okay. Any gadgets cannot last for ages. And that doesn’t sound strange if they got broken after 2 weeks of running either, right?
But I still feel you’d love to hear some breathtaking revelations. Okay, I’ve got one story indeed.
When I was a small boy, I did love sweet condensed milk and especially dulce de leche. In Russia, it was quite difficult to buy dulce de leche, so most of the people made it at home. That wasn’t too hard. You just needed to put an unopened can of condensed sweet milk in a large pot of boiling water and boil it for a few hours.
A piece of cake. Nothing dangerous. If you keep an eye at the level of water. The can has to be fully submerged in water. Always.
One day, being alone at home, I was craving for some dulce de leche. So I decided to make it. In the beginning, everything was fine. Then something went wrong. I just didn’t have a chance to realize that. I might have had a blackout. But when I come to the kitchen to check out the pot, I found out there wasn’t the can anymore. Not exactly. The can was still in that pot. But it wasn’t full anymore. The good news was that the dulce de leche seemed to have turned out perfectly, thick and with the intense caramel color. The bad news was I wasn’t really able to sample it since I needed to lick the wall and ceiling.
That was only one serious accident in the kitchen. Not a big deal.
Probably, I shouldn’t have told this story to my husband because after that he started to reject all my attempts to buy a torch. Weird reaction, isn’t it?
To finish this up, I’d love to share this recipe for Brigadeiro – Brazilian Sweets. A couple of years back I made these and some other Brazilian sweets, and I fell in love with them.
These soft chewy Brigadeiro don’t require boiling a can of condensed milk, so the recipe is totally safe. I’ve got to mention only two thighs.
First, be prepared to have a great workout for your arms – you will need constantly stirring the candy mixture. You can freely skip your gym session after this:)
Secondly, that may be an issue to clean up the pot. I usually fill it with water, add some soda, and bring to a boil. After this simple procedure, you could easily clean it after some good scrubbing. Anyways, the result will pay you off!
Have you ever tried Brigadeiro or other Brazilian sweets, guys? Do you like ALF? And more importantly, have you ever
blown up the kitchen made dulce de leche?
Brigadeiro – Brazilian Sweets, delicious fudgy candy with a deep chocolate color and caramel flavor. They require just 4 ingredients, and they are easy to make too.
- 1-1,5 cans sweetened condensed milk (400 gr)
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for greasing
- 1/2 +- cup chocolate sprinkles
- Grease a heavy saucepan with 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Place the condensed milk, cacao, and 2 tablespoons of the butter.
- Bring to a slow boil constantly stirring.
- Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, constantly stirring, for about 15-16 minutes. First 10 minutes or so you won't see serious changes, but very soon the mixture will become creamy and fudgy. As soon as it has thickened enough, turn heat off - don't overcook or you will have hard handy.
- Allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, using your hands (you can butter them slightly), shape the mixture into a walnut-sized balls. Roll in the chocolate sprinkles.
- Refrigerate a bit and enjoy!