Brigadeiros are truffle-like chocolates and are the perfect after dinner treat or addition to any celebratory occasion. The Brigadeiro is a Brazilian staple - made from condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and salt. Traditionally covered in chocolate sprinkles, you can in fact decorate them with anything - we love crystallised mint or freeze-dried fruit to bring a riot of colour and flavour. The beauty lies in the fact that the brigadeiros are both beautifully rich and suspiciously light, which allows one to indulge in one (or four) too many before the guilt sets in!
When cooking, ensure that you cook the mixture for long enough in the pan so that when you spoon a portion of mixture it takes a few seconds before dropping. Too little and you won’t be able to work with the mixture and you’ll wind up in a sticky mess.
For this recipe, we've used Valrhona chocolate, one of the world's leading producers of gastronomic chocolate - you can browse their products here.
Ingredients Serves: 22
- Measure the butter, condensed milk, salt and cocoa powder into a medium saucepan (18cm diameter)
- Cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously for 10-15 minutes until the mixture comes together and thickens. When you pull your spatula through the mixture it should take a good few seconds before it comes back together.
- Poor into a bowl and leave to cool. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours until completely cold.
- When cold, remove the mixture from the fridge and lightly butter your hands.Take a small piece of mixture and roll into a ball, roughly the size of a walnut (3cm diameter). Place onto a buttered plate and repeat with the remaining mixture.
- Pour your chosen toppings into small bowls, and roll the balls in them to coat. Serve in mini petits fours cases.
If you want to explore more delicious Brazilian food, you've got to learn about the Brazilian staple ingredient, cassava flour. Read our guide here.