In Brazil every party has to have.......

If you aren't Brazilian, you might be asking "Whats That?". Believe me, its one of the best party got to haves!!! Its even a got to have, got to eat, without a party and in front of the TV on a lazy day. Its that good and that quick and easy to make. Ready for it.....?


 You need:
*1 can   -    sweetened condensed milk
*1 tsp    -    butter, margarine, or Pam spray
*5 tbsp  -    Chocolate powder 
(if using Hershey cocoa powder use only 3 tbsp)
*Chocolate sprinkles (optional)

To make: 
In a medium sized pot, add your butter, turn fire on to low - medium heat. As soon as the butter begins to melt add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the chocolate powder. Begin mixing constantly, hardly stop, otherwise the condensed milk will create burnt clusters in the mix. Mix a lot! The total cooking time takes about  10 - 15minutes. You will begin to see the condensed milk thickening up, every so often, pick the pan up by the handle and tilt the condensed milk mixture back and forth. Once cooked, turn off the fire and let cool off in a cool place, for about 30 minutes. If you can cover it and put it outside that's better.  
(see below for a great tips and ideas to know when your Brigadeiro is ready).

You now have Two choices: You could eat it just the way it is. Which I love so much just like that! Or you can continue and make it as the picture above shows. 
To continue; spread the chocolate sprinkles on a plate then rub butter all over your hands and grab a spoon of the condensed milk mixture and roll into a ball. Roll the ball over the chocolate sprinkles and there you have it Brazil's favorite -BRIGADEIRO

*****As for me, I actually like the burnt clusters in the mix, so don't worry if you get them. But the more professional way of making Brigadeiro is to not have the burnt clusters in the mix. So keep mixing.

*****The most important part of this recipe is how good you mix it. Its not hard, but you have to mix really good

*****In the beginning you will see the condensed milk really liquidity, but as it cooks it will start to thicken up and loosen up from the bottom of the pan. What you are looking for is for the condensed milk mixture to completely move back and forth without sticking to the bottom of the pan. That's when you know its ready. Don't allow it to overcook though otherwise when it cools off it will become hard as a rock. Its better to under cook it a little then to overcook it.

*****Let it cool off a little more before actually eating eat. 

By Elsie Da Silva


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