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Brigadeiro: A Typical Brazilian Sweet

brigadeiroBrigadeiro was created just after World War II and the name evolved from the presidential campaign of the well known 1920’s Brazilian politician ‘Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes’. An Air Force brigadier general he initially came to limelight for his role in overturning a communist coup in Rio. Women working in his campaign circulated Brigadeiro to get votes. With time, the Brasilian Recipe improved by adding chocolate sprinkles and other decorations. Several new recipes also spun from the original. It is often called the Brasilian truffle in a few countries. This mouth-watering sweet is essentially made with chocolate and condensed milk and is a part of the fabulous group of “docinhos” from Brazil. Children and adults love it alike! The Recipe: Ingredients: Sweetened Condensed Milk- 1 Can Chocolate Drink Powder- 3 tbsp Butter- 2 tbsp For decoration: Chocolate Vermicelli Caster sugar Grated coconut Method of preparation: 1. Add condensed milk into a medium size saucepan over medium flame. 2. Place butter and chocolate drink powder into the pan and keep stirring till it begins to show the base of the pan when scraped with the ladle. This is the crucial part to watch as the mix should be thick enough. 3. Pour the mix into a ceramic or glass container and allow it to cool. Once the mixture reaches room temperature, place it in the refrigerator. It can be stored for even 3 to 4 days if required. 4. When you want to roll it, remove from the fridge to shape the mixture into the size you prefer. Typically this can vary as some prefer small like golf balls. 5. To roll the candy, apply a little butter in your hands and take the dollop of the mixture into your palm and roll to make a smooth ball. 6. Immerse it into a bowl filled with your choice of decoration and topping and cover it totally. 7. Place the attractive Brigadeiro in a cupcake cup and serve. 8. Typically the Brasilian Recipe is created with a different topping for every batch. You can get imaginative and wild.  

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