Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Brigadeiros (Brazilian Truffles)

Today I’m featuring my first dish from Brazil, in honor of that nation’s Independence Day. One hundred and eighty-nine years Pedro, the eldest son of then Portuguese King João VI, declared freedom from Portugal. This happened on September 7, 1822 after 322 years of Portuguese rule. Pedro went on to declare himself Emperor of Brazil and was later briefly King of Portugal before abdicating in favor of his seven year old daughter.

Interestingly, these chocolate truffles also have a link to politics. They are named after Eduardo Gomes, a brigadier in the Brazilian air force who twice ran unsuccessful for the presidency of Brazil. Despite his political failure, Gomes was popular enough that this truffle was named after him.

Brigadeiros are popular at children’s birthday parties and other celebratory events.

Makes 18 truffles

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons cocoa, sifted or powdered hot chocolate
finely shredded coconut, finely chopped slivered almonds, colored sanding sugar, sprinkles or other garnish (optional)

1. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the first three ingredients over medium heat. Using a heat proof spatula, stir the mixture continuously to prevent it from burning at the bottom of the pan. Some burning may still occur; if it does, do not scrape the burned layer into your mixture.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately reduce the heat to low. Add cocoa and continue mixing well. Sifted cocoa is more likely to blend in without creating lumps. If you’re feeling unmotivated to sift, un-sifted cocoa or powdered hot chocolate mixture may be used.
3. Stir the mixture for 8-10 minutes until it thickens and pulls away from pan. It should be a dense fudgy batter.
4. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. Then place in the fridge for 4-12 hours.
5. Grease your hands with butter or cooking spray and roll the batter into truffles.
6. If the batter is soft, place these in the fridge to harden.
7. If desired, roll the truffles in a coating of your choice.  This will help to keep softer pieces in better shape.
8. Depending on consistency, place in the fridge or freezer to harden before serving.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I have a Brazilian colleague who deserves a treat so will make these for her!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing,,,very interesting.. linking chocolate to politics!!!!that's new,,,

Anonymous said...

Thank you AKR. If I can get hold of some sweetened condensed milk will have a go making these with my daughter and her friends this afternoon...

Anjali said...

Hi Aly! Thanks for posting :) What is the corn syrup for? Could agave syrup or something else like that be substituted for it?

Anonymous said...

Anjali - you can skip the corn syrup as I've seen recipes without it. No need to substitute anything.

firma contabilitate said...

Hmmm this recipe looks so delicious and nice and i think that fits perfect with my taste and in my opinion is a very easy recipe, so i think i will try it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you posted Brigadeiros on Treat a Week!! For some reason, this afternoon I was reminiscing about my childhood friend, who's Brazilian mother would make these for our birthday parties. I remember absolutely loving them, but forgot what they were called, and thus couldn't replicate them (I haven't thought about this in over a decade). I was really dismayed about it. II happened to find this on your blog just a few hours later, by pure coincidence. How bizarre! But thanks!