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Jan 15

Making Brigadeiros with Jewelry Designer Alessandra Emanuel and Her Niece in Brazil

Alessandra Emanuel Cooks Brigadeiro

Learn How to Cook Brigadeiros!!

You will need:

  • 1 can of Leite Moça (sweet condensed milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (You can use more cocoa, some recipes call for 4 spoons. You can also use chocolate powder in which case you need 7 spoons, but the Brigadeiros will be intensely sweet. With practice, you will find your own perfect recipe)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • a non-stick pan
  • a wooden spoon
  • mini baking cups

Cooking Instructions:

  • put roughly 2 tablespoons of butter to melt in the pan
  • set the stove top to medium-low
  • once the butter is melted, add a whole can of condensed milk
  • now you will add the chocolate; but wait, if you are using cocoa powder here is Betânia’s personal trick: get a glass with a bit of water and slowly add the cocoa while mixing it with the water; this is because cocoa powder does not dissolve very well in the condensed milk, so you want to totally dissolve it with a bit of water and then add the mixture to the condensed milk in the pan
  • stir with the wooden spoon; you will need to stir for at least 20 minutes and it can take as long as 40 minutes; stir in circular movements and make sure you get the Brigadeiro from the sides so it does not stick there and burn
  • the Brigadeiro will get thicker and thicker and will reduce in volume
  • you know it is ready when a) you divide it in half with the spoon and it stays parted for a few seconds and b) you scoop some Brigadeiro with the wooden spoon, turn the spoon upside down, and it holds there for an instant before falling back into the pan; the video will show this!
  • when your Brigadeiro is ready, spread the content of the pan on a plate and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes; you want it nice and firm before you roll it in balls
  • to make the little balls, spread a little bit of butter in your hands and make sure to get your fingers; using a small spoon, scoop some Brigadeiro, put it in your hands, and roll it in a little ball
  • roll the ball on the chocolate sprinkles to cover it completely
  • place your Brigadeiro in a baking cup
  • repeat–should yield about 25 Brigadeiros
  • put Brigadeiros in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to make them firmer

Learn to Make Brigadeiros

Read about brigadeiros and see the recipe at StreetSmart Brazil

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