Beijinhos

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It has been exactly six months since my last post (you must be thinking “six months, Tatiana??”). Yes, six months… but I have my reasons, I swear. It was a period of big changes and I was studying to take some exams for a position I was applying, so no much time left for cooking. For those who don’t know, we’ve moved out of England to Brazil in January and until last week I didn’t have my pots/pans and kitchen gadgets. It was hard, but I survived! Now we’re here with lots of boxes around and slowly finding a new place for everything… well, almost everything. The stuff we cannot fit in the apartment will be kept in boxes for now. All I can say is that our new place is starting to look like “home” again 🙂

To celebrate the return of my posts and the fact that May has arrived, which for me means BIRTHDAY, I had to choose something related to party. There you have it… another Brazilian fudge very typical in birthday parties called “beijinhos” (meaning “little kisses”). They are little balls made with condensed milk and coconut. It can’t be bad, right?

Enjoy and I promise it won’t take me another six months to post the next recipe 😉

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Beijinhos

Ingredients

  • 1 can (397 g) condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 6 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • desiccated coconut to roll the little balls
  • cloves to decorate (1 per ball)
  • butter to grease your hands

Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the condensed milk and butter. Take to medium/low head, stirring until it starts to boil. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened and you see the bottom of the pan (about 10 minutes).
  2. Remove from the heat and add the coconut. Transfer to a greased plate and let it cool. When it is at room temperature, cover with cling film and put in the fridge for about three hours. It is easier to roll the balls when the mixture is cold.
  3. Separate 25 small paper cases. Grease your hands with butter and take small portions of the mixture (about 1 teaspoon), shaping it into a ball. Roll over desiccated coconut and decorate with a clove. Put into the paper cases.

Yield: 25 medium size or 40 small sweets.

Brigadeiro

There are certain words that have a unique relationship with certain occasions. For example, if I say “brigadeiro”, what does come to your mind? Well, if you have to read this post in English, the answer must be “nothing”. But ask any Brazilian and I’m pretty sure the answer will be “birthday party”.

These sweets are mandatory in any birthday party (at least for children). You can roll them over chocolate sprinkles and serve in paper cups or just grab a spoon and eat out of the pan (so no need for sprinkles here). Leaving abroad, I try to disseminate this Brazilian tradition by giving “brigadeiros” as birthday presents for friends and everyone seems to like it 😉 These batch in particular was to celebrate B’s birthday. He deserves it!!

Brigadeiro

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce/ 397g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chocolate sprinkles

Preparation

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine condensed milk, cocoa and butter. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened and you see the bottom pan (about 10 minutes). Tranfer to a greased plate and let rest until cool enough to handle. Grease your hands with butter and form into small, rolling over the chocolate sprinkles to cover it. Serve in small paper cups or just eat out of the pan.
Yield: 40 small or 25 medium