I made Brigadeiros.
And they were exactly what I wanted. I felt hugely naughty but incredibly happy! Ah the power of chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, if I had to choose between a piece of cheese or a piece of chocolate, cheese would win 90% of the time (we have some Old Armsterdam – possibly my favourite cheese – in the fridge that we got from the most wonderful little shop in Arundel, that I am having to restrain myself from shovelling the whole thing in my mouth in one go).
But for those 10% of times, chocolate is my best friend. Sometimes, you don’t need much. Just one square of good chocolate will make you feel all warm inside and that will be enough. But at times, you need more. That little something more. And then…bliss.
I could have made a chocolate cake. Or any other wonderful way to use chocolate. But I had cocoa powder. And I had some deliciously bad for you condensed milk. Yup, condensed milk.
Fuck it, let’s do it. Let’s make these little badasses and eat all 12 (or more dependant on size) of them in one go. We only live once right? And indulging every once in a while is not only ok but recommended. In my opinion.
Some of you may remember when I last made them in this post here. Back then I made them in a slightly different way than the original by rolling them in coconut instead of chocolate sprinkles. This time we are getting the traditional option. Chocolate all the way.
I also know that last time a few people tried to make them and the consistency wasn’t quite right. And I think that’s my fault. I don’t believe I explained it properly. So this time you are getting a little vid to show you! It’s not a very good one but it will show you how you want it to be and that’s what matters.
For the recipe I used the same amounts as before, only that I halved it as I only used one small can of condensed milk. And instead of rolling it in coconut flakes, I used chocolate sprinkles.
– a small tin of condensed milk
– 1/2 tbsp of butter
– 1 tbsp of cocoa powder ( you could add a bit more if you wanted 🙂 )
– Chocolate sprinkles
In a pan mix the condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder in a low to medium heat. Keep mixing, how long will depend I find on the type of pan you use, making sure you don’t forget the sides or it will burn. I mixed mine non stop for a good 10 min. You will know when it’s ready when you part the mixture with your wooden spoon and you can see the bottom of the pan. The consistency should be thick and glossy….here’s the vid! (I had taken it off the heat to show you and it took two tries as Christoph forgot to press record the first time! So by the time we videoed it it was already cooling down a little). You can find the video here
Once it reached the right consistency, leave it to cool in the pan. Have your chocolate on a plate/container. Once it’s cool, butter your hands and spoon some mixture onto your hands, rolling it into a ball. How big or how small you make them is totally up to you.
Drop it onto the chocolate making sure it’s coated all over. Put them in little paper cups or use some colourful silicone cases, which was a present from my mother. Thanks mum! It is a Brazilian sweet after all!
Let yourself indulge. Keep it refrigerated, it tastes even better once you have left in the fridge for a while!