The brigadeiro is a very simple Brazilian bonbon, about the size of a golf ball. It is made from condensed milk, chocolate powder, and a fair amount of butter. It’s one of the most popular Brazilian desserts.
The secret for the perfect brigadeiro is to stir the mixture non stop over a low heat for about 30 minutes, until it can be rolled up into a small sphere which you then cover in chocolate sprinkles. When done well, the brigadeiro is very sweet; but not so sweet that you can only take tiny bites of it.
Please find the recipe below!
- 1 can condensed milk
- 3 tbs cacao powder unsweetened
- 1 tsp butter
- chocolate sprinkles or dried coconut flakes
- Grease a plate with butter and set aside.
- Put the condensed milk, cocoa powder (sifted if you want) and butter in a small pot.
- Cook it over a slow heat about 10-12 minutes, constantly mixing with a wooden spoon or spatula, until it almost sticks to the bottom of the pot. Once you can run your spoon or spatula through the middle of the mixture without it running back together for 2-3 seconds, it is done.
- Turn the heat off and pour it over the lightly greased plate.
- Let it cool in the fridge for an hour.
- Then, grease your hands with butter and mold the brigadeiro in little balls, taking small portions of the chocolate mix with a small spoon.
- Cover it with chocolate sprinkles and then put it in little paper molds or on a platter lined with wax paper.