Being the least sportiest person on the planet, yet very competitive means my Olympics obsession has returned and while preparing to make these sweet bites on Saturday afternoon I sat enamored watching freestyle snowboarding and thinking I have truffles to make! Enthralling super humans did things with their body I only ever wish I was cool enough to do, something about throwing my body into odd places is not something I have a fondness for (I’m looking at that time I couldn’t face the notion of trying the luge and so sat for a couple of hours waiting on my father and brother to have the time of their lives while I let fear win).
Arms in air, yelling at the TV and still wearing my comfy pj’s I found no reason good enough to stop watching. ‘Go out in the world and spend time with people’, not a crossing thought as the Olympics reign my life for two weeks every two years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In another life I would be a snowboarder and surfer and one day I’ll dedicate time to actually doing both. Right now kitchen creations that can be whipped up between two ad breaks for upcoming Valentines and singles alike (everyone has to eat) to enjoy was successfully completed.
The origins of the Brazilian fudge truffles named Brigadeiro after an Air Force brigadier lands us back to Rio de Janeiro, seems this guy ticked all the physical boxes – tall, dark, handsome and very available. If the saying ‘a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ is true then these will melt anyone’s heart into love. Or at least it seems that was the intention in creating these morsels of powerful sweet chocolate. Brazilians love to use sweetened condensed milk so if you have a can sitting in your pantry then you are already half way there to making these.
They are sweet bites of caramel and chocolate and small enough to want more than one and if you do make these for Valentines or to share you should definitely note your ability to whip up foreign cuisine. That’ll surely impress!
Note: Images were updated in early 2018.
Brigadeiro – Brazilian Fudge Truffles
Adapted from About.com
414 milliliters can sweetened condensed milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
40 grams butter, cubed
Approximately 1/2 cup sprinkles
Place the sweetened condensed milk into a pot, add in the salt and sift in the cocoa powder.
Cook over low-medium heat, stirring consistently to ensure the mixture remains smooth and doesn’t burn. Cook until thick and no longer sticking to the edges, approximately 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter until melted and well combined.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Spoon tablespoon amounts and roll into truffles.
Roll in the sprinkles and finish by placing into paper cups.
Keep refrigerated until serving.