Monday, June 13, 2011

Brigadeiros (Caramel fudge truffles)

Brigadeiros or negrihnos are the national truffle of Brazil. They are very popular among children specially for birthday parties. They are basically made of condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter and covered with chocolate sprinklers, almonds, pistachios, coconut or peanuts.

Ingredients for 2 dozens

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
1 tablespoonful cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped pistachios
1/4 cup decorator sprinkles

In a heavy pot, over medium heat, pour the condensed milk and cocoa powder and butter, mix well and bring to boil stiring frequently for 4 minutes. the mixture has to pull away from the bottom of the pot.

spread onto a plate sprayed with non stick cooking spray and let cool for 30 minutes.

Set your working space, lining up bowls with each topping. Spray oil in your hands and using 1 teaspoon measuring spoon form 24 balls. Roll each in the pistachios or almonds or sprinkles. Put in mini papers liners and chill for 30 minutes.

They can be refrigerated up to 3 weeks.