I am coconut mad at the moment. I want everything coconut. Dinner? Let’s put coconut milk in. Dessert/Treats? Shredded Coconut please! Drinks? Coconut water! Seriously it’s madness! But tasty madness so I don’t care. These little coconut treats are called Beijinhos – beijinhos literally mean “little kisses” in Portuguese. It’s such a cute name for these treats. Little coconut kisses…now tell me you aren’t dying to taste one of these? Read More »
Forget healthy. Forget diets. Forget trying to be good. This is the stuff you eat because, well, you sometimes just deserve it. Don’t fight it. It’s ok. I promise.
This is another trip down memory lane for me. My mother is an amazing cook. I have so many memories of her in the kitchen when I was growing up, of coming home after school to the most wonderful smells that promised a delicious dinner. As soon as I got close to the front door I knew what we would be having for dinner. And I couldn’t wait.
As many memories as I have of those meals, I have very few memories of times when she would be making something sweet. At home we were all more keen on savoury food and therefore sweet is not something we had very often. But there are a few things that I remember my mother making and Brigadeiros, Bolo de Fuba and Pudim are amongst the most vivid.
There are few things that make me happier than sharing those memories and tastes with Chris. And I am proud to say that so far so good! All have been received with great excitement and eaten with great enthusiasm. What more could I ask for?
I don’t know why but recently I have had so many cravings for various different brazilian foods that I remember from my childhood. And every time I make something it takes me back to wonderful childhood memories, to happy times with my parents in Brazil.
I cannot think of anything more evocative than food. The smell, the taste, the process of making it, it’s so very powerful.
I keep looking through some recipe books my mother sent me and ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahhh-ing’ and showing the various recipes to my husband while babbling on about how delicious it is and how we should make it and that I remember the time when and how we should go out immediately to buy the ingredients.
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!
Most of you may not know this but I am half Brazilian, having been born in Brazil, Macaé from a Brazilian mother. My father was from England, Newcastle in fact, so I am a rare mix of Brazilian and Geordie!
My family and I left Brazil when I was a little girl of 9 and we went to live in France. The original plan being to come and live in the UK but my dad took my mother to Scotland in the middle of winter and, well, needless to say we left in a hurry, ending up in France, living close to my granddad, who wasn’t really my grandad. Everyone has one of those right? Hmm just re-read this and it sounds dodgy but I promise it isn’t!
Anyway, there we stayed and when I was 17 I moved to the UK while my parents stayed in France. The rest is history!
My mother always used to make me brigadeiros when I was young. Brigadeiros are traditional Brazilian soft chocolate balls rolled in chocolate sprinkles. Hmmm. This description doesn’t give it any justice. They are delicious I promise! Often eaten for birthdays and celebrations.
I love them and I realised that I had never made them for Christoph. I decided to make them but instead of rolling them in chocolate sprinkles I did it in coconut shavings. So a little bit as if it was a mix between a brigadeiro and a beijinho (it’s made the same but instead of a cocoa mix it’s actually made with coconut shavings then rolled into sugar – it actually means little kiss, how cute is that! – and it’s AMAZING).
You can get slight variations of this recipe. But this is the one I grew up with and I love.
– a large tin of condensed milk
– 1tbsp of butter
– 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
– Coconut flakes for rolling (or you can go traditional and use chocolate sprinkles)
In a pan mix the condensed milk, butter and coco 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. This is good exercise to make up for the ridiculous amount of calories they have! 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.
Leave it to cool in the pan. Have your coconut (or chocolate) on a plate/container. Once it’s cool, butter your hands and spoon some mixture onto your hands, rolling it into a ball. Drop it onto the coconut making sure it’s coated all over. Put them in little paper cups – you probably noticed that my cups are too big for my balls – that was a bit of a weird sentence… – and that’s because it was the only ones I had! Repeat until you have used up the mixture. Popping a few in your mouth thought out when no one is looking.
I hope you enjoy this typical Brazilian recipe from my childhood!