Brigadeiro

20140625-233900-85140319.jpg In the spirit of world cup 2014 that takes place in Brazil, i am making a little Brazilian treats called brigadeiro. A little disclaimer, i am NOT brazilian. This so called ‘brazilian pride’ are soooooo good! Good job there Brazil! From the little research i made in the internet, brigadeiro is usually chocolate flavored, but brazilian made brigadeiro with coconuts, almonds and cashews too. Maybe there’s more but that’s how far my research goes. Brigadeiro is a sweet, caramely (it’s not a word but that is the best word i could describe it for) textured, decedent little (usually chocolate) balls. In this post, i made 2 flavor of brigadeiro. The classic chocolate, and almond brigadeiro. But i have to confess…. I made the almond brigadeiro first and i haven’t know what to aim for and i didn’t cook it long enough that when i shape it, it won’t hold it’s shape for too long. Lesson learned, i made the chocolate brigadeiro and it’s a SUCCESS! Woohooo!

So let’s get cooking!

Even though i failed in making the almond brigadeiro, it still taste good and i’m still gonna give the recipe and pray that you will succeed in the first try, unlike me.
Almond brigadeiro ingredients are:

20140625-235514-86114631.jpgsweetened condensed milk, butter, ground almonds.
The ingredients are so little right? So does the steps! Easy peasy.

20140626-000025-25982.jpgjust dump everything in a saucepan and bring it to the heat.

20140626-000110-70387.jpgcook until the mixture kind of come off from the pan leaving a little trail. That’s when the brigadeiro is done. My mistake is, taking it out before it reaches to that stage.

20140626-000250-170188.jpglet it cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Next is the chocolate Brigadeiro.
Chocolate brigadeiro ingredients are:

20140626-000504-304662.jpgsweetened condensed milk, butter, coco powder

20140626-000630-390555.jpgjust like the almond brigadeiro, just dump everything into the saucepan and put it on the heat.

20140626-000720-440721.jpguntil it slightly comes off of the pan

20140626-000900-540671.jpgand let it cool.

For the fun part! Shaping the little brigadeiro balls. I couldn’t get the picture when i’m shaping the brigadeiro because my hands are busy and messy so i couldn’t really touch my camera.
You could use any thing to cover the brigadeiro, you could even leave it plain. But i’m using chocolate shavings (lots of brigadeiro i saw uses chocolate sprinkles, you could use that too but i don’t have any chocolate sprinkles at the moment), cocoa powder and ground almonds.

20140626-001231-751195.jpgpersonally, i like the one covered with the cocoa powder the best, because i think the bitterness of the cocoa powder kind of balance the sweetness of the brigadeiro.
Smear a little butter on your hands, scoop about 1 tablespoon of the brigadeiro mixture, shape it into balls and roll them into the chocolate or any topping of your choice.
And the brigadeiro is done!

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Chocolate brigadeiro
Ingredients:
• ½ can (mine was 190g) of sweetened condensed milk
• 3 tbsp cocoa powder
• ½ tbsp butter
• Chocolate sprinkles, chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, ground almond, etc (optional)

How to make:
1) combine the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter into a saucepan.
2) bring it to the heat and cook it until the mixture slightly comes off from the pan leaving some trail when the saucepan is tilt.
3) let cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
4) smear some butter to your hands, take 1 teaspoon amount of the mixture and shape it into a ball, then roll them into the coating of your choice (the chocolate sprinkles, cocoa powder, etc)

Almond brigadeiro
Ingredients:
• ½ can (mine was 190g) of sweetened condensed milk
• 3 tbsp ground almonds
• ½ tbsp butter
• Chocolate sprinkles, chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, ground almond, etc (optional)

How to make:
1) combine the sweetened condensed milk, ground almonds and butter into a saucepan.
2) bring it to the heat and cook it until the mixture slightly comes off from the pan leaving some trail when the saucepan is tilt.
3) let cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
4) smear some butter to your hands, take 1 teaspoon amount of the mixture and shape it into a ball, then roll them into the coating of your choice (the ground almond, chocolate sprinkles, etc)

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Coconut and Pandan Cookie

20140608-230847.jpg On this post i’m bringing a little classic combo that are quite common in my country. Maybe pandan is not that common all over the world. But i do know that pandan is commonly use in Asia. It is quite common in my country. Pandan has a very sweet smell and mint like green color that i just love. The combination of coconut and pandan is usually called cocopandan and this combination are just out of this world. This is how you could make cocopandan cookies!

The ingredients are:

20140609-011145.jpgsugar, milk powder, desiccated coconut, flour, cornflour, baking powder, salt, butter, egg yolk, coconut milk and pandan extract

20140609-011827.jpgokay, i’m gonna be honest with you, i did this part wrongly. In this picture it shows that i was going to mix the butter and desiccated coconut together but the first step was actually to cream the butter and sugar. And more confession, i actually forgot to put in the sugar until i was done with the dough and half way on shaping them. Oh i know… I’m such a clumsy baker. Pordon me. But on the contrary note, it turns out just ok… Like nothing had gone wrong. Pfftt…

20140609-012548.jpgmix in the egg yolk, coconut milk and pandan extract. If you can’t find pandan extract but you are able to find pandan leaves, you could grind them into paste and add them in just like the extract.

20140609-013031.jpgadd in flour, cornflour, salt, baking powder (and supposingly) milk powder and desiccated coconut, mix until combined.

20140609-014100.jpgshape the dough in whatever shapes and sizes you want. I’m sticking with the easiest shape anyone can make, the round shape.

20140609-014856.jpgcover the top part of the dough with sugar

20140609-015109.jpgand… Bake!

20140609-015229.jpga tray of cocopandan cookies.. But! This is not complete yet. Add a zigzag coconut icing glaze and it’s finally complete

20140609-015513.jpg this recipe is quite easy and the taste are.. Just… Unique. In a good way of course. I gave my mom some for her to taste and she end up eating the whole jar. She even ask me to make her stop.
I hope you try and make this. Give it a go and i hope you like it!

Make approximately 35 (as big as ping pong balls) cookies.
Cocopandan Cookies Ingredients:
• 90g butter
• 40g sugar
• 1 egg yolk
• 1¼ tbsp coconut milk
• 1tsp pandan extract
• 75g flour (preferably cake flour)
• 1 tbsp cornflour
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 10g desiccated coconut
• 10g milk powder
• A little pinch of salt
• Sugar for coating
Coconut icing glaze ingredients:
• 5 tbsp icing sugar
• 2 tsp coconut milk

How to make:
1) cream the sugar and butter until fluffy.
2) add in the egg yolk, coconut milk and pandan extract and mix.
3) mix in the flour, corn flour, salt, baking powder, milk powder, and desiccated coconut.
4) shape the dough, coat the top of the dough with some sugar and put it on a tray line with baking paper.
5) bake at 150°C for 20 minutes or until the edges starting to brown.
6) make the glaze by simple mixing the icing sugar with coconut milk until it create a paste.
7) after the cookies are baked and cooled, pipe the coconut glazing on top.