The World Cup is in full swing and I haven’t even mentioned it. I love any excuse for a themed post , but I realised recently that I haven’t taken the opportunity yet.
So I did some Googling. Having never been to Brazil, I’m not an expert on Brazilian cuisine (not that lack of experience stopped me having a go at foreign sweets before!) I am, however, a keen reader; Google, Pinterest and Instagram have taught me lots about Brazil in a relatively short amount of time.
I’ve learned that Brazilians seem to have a love of caramel and sweetened condensed milk.
I, therefore, love Brazil!
You thought the fanfare was going to be about soccer? Puh-lease.
My nanna used to love sweetened condensed milk. She once told me that she and her siblings would dip bread into a saucer of the sweet stuff as a treat. She’s definitely passed on her appreciation of it to me. I could eat it by the jarful if it weren’t so sweet that it made me slightly loopy.
I could drink it straight from the can.
Swim in a pool full of it.
You get the point.
As an homage to an ingredient so sweet that even I have to have it in moderation, I present you with the delightful, perfectly-mouth-sized, and delicious brigadeiros. They’re a Brazilian sweet, so I guess I’m kind of partaking in World Cup fever as well!
They’re basically a squidgy (but not-too-soft) caramel covered in sprinkles. It is the greatest union ever. They also require very few ingredients, which is always a plus.
- 45g chocolate
- 20g butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 395g sweetened condensed milk
- 6 tbsp sprinkles
Pop your chocolate, butter and sweetened condensed milk in a pan over a medium-low, mixing until the ingredients are melted and combined. Turn the heat down to low, add the egg yolk and mix well. Continue stirring as the mixture slowly bubbles away.
Make sure that you scrape the bottom of the pan well so that the mixture doesn’t burn. It might look a little lumpy, but don’t worry – as long as you do your best to get rid of big lumps, you’ll be fine. Remove the pan from the heat after ten minutes of stirring, then set aside to allow it to cool, which should take 10-15 minutes.
While the mixture is cooling, grab a bowl and pour your sprinkles into it. If you want to do half colourful, half chocolate sprinkles like me, you only need 3 tablespoons of each.
Once the mixture has cooled, grab small chunks of it (about a teaspoon’s worth) and roll it in your sprinkles straight away. It may take a few rotations to get a good coverage. Set it to one side and continue with the remainder of the mixture.
Pop them in the fridge for ten minutes (or until you want to serve them) so that they harden up slightly.
When left at room temperature they will retain their shape, but soften slightly. And they won’t last long!
13 thoughts on “Brigadeiros and fanfare”
They look great. Perfect for my nieces birthday party coming up in a couple of weeks
Thank you for commenting! Ooh they would be perfect for a girl’s birthday party! Let me know how they turn out 🙂
They look so pretty, I can see why they won’t stick around for long.
Haha thank you Julie 🙂
A lovely wee soccer match watching treat and a a great homage to condensed milk. 🙂
Thank you 🙂 I’m whipping up more treats with sweetened condensed milk in them this week…I can’t wait!
I’d like to eat them all!
Haha that’s the danger of these treats – they’re so little that it’s very easy to consumer half a dozen before you even realise!
I had a friend from Brazil who made these for me, they are delicious. Yours look much better than hers did must say,
Hahaha Suzanne! Ooh I bet they would have been fantastic, made by a real Brazilian! That is a fantastic compliment, thank you so much 😀
Hello. I am Brazilian and your recipe is good. But you can do it without egg too. I am a specialist in Brigadeiros brigadier living in Melbourne. Thanks for sharing this 🙂
Thanks for your comment, Andrea! Your specialty sounds so delicious 😄