As promised a couple of weeks ago, after making the Egyptian Tiger Nut Sweets, I found a recipe to make Brazilian Brigadeiros with the girls. This is probably the best known Brazilian sweet, always found at children’s birthday parties and family celebrations. Its origin dates from around the time of WW2, when access to fruits and sweets was rather limited. People got creative, so using condensed milk (introduced to Brazil in the 20’s), cocoa powder and butter they concocted the now famous bite-sized fudge ball. The sweet got its name after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, a hero of the Copacabana fort revolt of 1922. He ran for president in 1945 under the slogan “Vote for the Brigadier, who’s good looking and single.” That was the first time women voted in Brazil, but unfortunately for the Brigadier, the only thing he won was a very popular sweet. I looked for several different recipes, and mainly they all come to these basic steps: cooking sweetened condensed milk with butter and cocoa powder, then waiting for the mix to cool off and then rolling them into small balls that are then covered with chocolate sprinkles (or other type of cover, such as coconut, nonpareils, etc). I decided to try out and make ours with the ingredients I like. So, here’s our recipe for Dark Chocolate and Nutella Brigadeiros.
- 1 14-oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1/4 c. Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
- 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
- 1 TBSP Nutella
- 2 Containers of Chocolate Sprinkles
- In a heavy pot pan, pour the sweetened condensed milk and place under medium-low heat.
- Once the milk is a little warm, blend in the chocolate powder, then the butter. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until you can see the bottom of the pan for at least 3 seconds, before the mixture covers it again.
- Remove from the heat and add the tablespoon of Nutella, stirring to combine in the mixture.
- Spread the chocolate mixture in two buttered flat dishes, and let it cool for about 10 minutes, until you can handle it with your hands comfortably.
- Using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon buttered as a guide, scoop out the mixture and work it with buttered hands into a ball. Dredge the ball on the chocolate sprinkles, and you just made a Brigadeiro!
- Place in individual bonbon cups, or just leave on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap if you are not going to eat immediately, or place them covered in the fridge.