Ah, brigadeiro…What would my childhood — and adult life, too– have been without it? I love Brigadeiro!
How to explain it to other mortals that so far haven’t had the pleasure of trying brigadeiro (s)?
Well, I will try!
Brigadeiro (Portuguese for Brigadier) is more than just a chocolate fudge ball made of condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder. Brigadeiro is the most popular and beloved ‘candy’ (docinho) of Brazil. From north to south, it is a national passion.
It was created in the 1940s and named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes, who once ran for president of Brazil.
This delicious fella — meaning brigadeiro the ‘candy’– is often served at birthday parties, but can also be found at almost any type of party. It is typically rolled into balls which are covered in granulated chocolate; at least that is the way brigadeiros are usually served at children’s birthday parties. However, brigadeiro(s) can also be consumed unrolled, with a spoon (Brazilian pregnant women are well aware of that!) or used as a topping or filling for cakes, brownies and other pastries.
The truth is, no Brazilian kid’s party is complete without brigadeiro — including my own children’s here in the U.S. It is so ridiculously simple to make brigadeiro, and yet so incredibly addictive, that it has been permanently imprinted into my psyche and into that of all the other Brazilian grownups whom I know too.
Why? Because it is so good, and as unforgettable as a mother’s love.
Ah, dear reader, happiness is on the way…
Have a delightful weekend filled with Brigadeiro (s)!
- 1 can of condensed milk
- ¼ cup baking cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (softened) plus extra to grease plate and hands
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- Chocolate vermicelli sprinkles
- Mix the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter together.
- Stove: Cook in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The brigadeiro mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.
- Microwave: Pour mixture into a deep microwaveable bowl. If 900 watts, let cook on full power for about 6 minutes -- removing and stirring at least every 2 minutes, or until thick enough to be rolled (remember that when it cools down, mixture will be thicker). While it is cooking, do not leave the microwave unattended because mixture will rise and possibly bubble over, making a mess. Every time it rises, pause until mixture settles back down. If 1100 watts, cook at 80 % power. Double batches take more time to cook.
- When brigadeiro is ready, mix in the vanilla extract and spread mixture onto a greased plate. Let cool to room temperature before starting to roll them into balls with greased hands. Then, dredge gently in the chocolate vermicellis until totally covered, and place into paper bonbon cups.
- The brigadeiros can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. The mixture can be also stored, covered well, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, brought to room temperature, and rolled into balls.
- Here are the results of an afternoon making, decorating, and eating brigadeiros.
By the way, this brigadeiros are perfect for Easter.
Brigadeiros are perfect for Christmas as well:
I hope you try brigadeiro (s)!!! Brigadeiro is the bomb! Brigadeiro is quick and easy to make, and super decadent as well! Brigadeiro, brigadeiro, brigadeiro…I love you!
Receita em Português: Para quê? Todos sabem fazer brigadeiro!!!
Um bom fim de semana pra vocês, compatriotas, na companhia de nosso querido docinho brigadeiro.