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Brazilian Brigadeiro

Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love.Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

 

Sometimes, it takes a follower on Twitter to make you remember something you long forgot about.

When I was considering what to make with the Nestle La Lechera, I polled my readers on both Twitter and Facebook.

A tie occurred.

Then one follower had a write in vote.

Brigadeiro, a chocolate Brazilian treat.Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaMy mind immediately went to a memory from a million years ago of a co-worker who brought in homemade Brazilian Brigadeiro for a holiday party. (Thank you Maria)

That fond memory instantly changed my mind on what I wanted to share this holiday season. My memories swirled in a delicious chocolate fog. A treat that was a cross between a truffle and a very smooth fudge, but a different consistency than either.Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaI consulted my very first cookbook, the one that has handwritten notes in the back, to find the notes I made on her recipe and realized that it was indeed simple ingredients, sweet condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla–all things I have on hand usually.

The written directions were a teensy bit more vague.

I ran to Walmart to get Nestle’s La Lechera and more cocoa powder, however, I purchased both regular and dark. I mean who doesn’t love to experiment.

I made batches using both regular and dark cocoa powder and both were exquisite, but I loved the dark version the most….particularly those rolled in crushed candy canes. (Excuse me while I go get another one.)Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaA cook’s note, I suggest cooking them over a double boiler, even though most recipes you will find do not call for that. I was taught to use this method when cooking with chocolate, and it works every time. I also recommend freezing the “dough” before rolling it into balls because it is easier to work with and the “dough” does not stick to your hands as much.

I played around with using some different flavored extracts as well, almond, orange, and peppermint, in lieu of the tradition vanilla. These variations made very tasty versions of this Brazilian treat, although not wholly authentic

The possibilities really are endless with this delicious concoction. Roll them in sprinkles, crushed nuts and my personal favorite were the  crushed candy canes.

They are sweet, but not sickly sweet, chewy, and fudgy. You might want to make a double batch; these Brazilian Brigadeiro treats go fast! Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Besides these utterly delectable Brazilian Brigadeiro, how else might you use Nestle’s La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk?

Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Brazilian Brigadeiro

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Brazilian
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love.

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Ingredients

  • 14 oz. can Nestle La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (regular or dark)
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Toppings Choices

  • 3 candy canes; crushed
  • 1/4 cup candy sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup sugar sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup crushed nut of choice

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a double boiler.

  2. Add sweetened condensed milk; mix well until well blended.

  3. Sift cocoa powder, whisking until no lumps.

  4. Add vanilla.

  5. Transfer to a non stick pan and look until a thick consistency, 6-9 minutes, until it pulls away and keeps its shape.

  6. Pour on to a butter plate or baking sheet linked with wax paper.

  7. Chill for at least one hour (freezing is recommended)

  8. Scoop one tablespoons to hand roll into balls.

  9. Roll and coat in desired toppings.

  10. Place in sealed container or on a lined plate/sheet and top with plastic wrap. 

  11. Rechill or freeze until ready to serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Use any of the toppings or all
  • Substitute any other extract to alter the flavor (almond, peppermint, cherry, etc)
  • Dark chocolate cocoa powder instead of regular.
Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Dark Cocoa Powder

Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Regular Cocoa Powder

Brazilian Brigadeiro ~ A heavenly hybrid confection of fudge and truffles with a consistency similar to caramel that everyone will love ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica | The Novice Chef
    December 4, 2017 at 7:21 am

    You have no idea how much these speak to me! YUM!

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    Amanda
    December 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    These certainly look amazing and I love your decorations!

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    eat good 4 life
    December 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Wow, I must make something like this for Christmas. It would be an absolute hit. Loving the different versions.

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    Michelle
    December 4, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Whoa! This looks AMAZING, Michelle! I need to try it!

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    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    December 5, 2017 at 5:14 am

    What a perfect sweet treat for the holidays! I am loving the festive sprinkles. 🙂

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    December 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    These are a must-make for this holiday season. They’re so festive and easy. Love them!!

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    Krista
    December 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Oh these look so good! I wish I had some now!

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    Tiana at yumofchina.com
    December 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    They look beautiful, but simple. Do you think that I can make it for breakfast? I don’t have too much time for breakfast. I would like to try this, thanks.

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      December 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      These are candy, meant for dessert or parties; however, I won’t tell you that you can’t eat them for breakfast, they just lack the nutrition one needs for a real breakfast.

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