15 November 2016

Brigadeiro at Brigaderia

We took a break from the crowds on Paulista Avenue by detouring to Pátio Paulista for brigadeiro. Brigaderia, an establishment devoted to purveying this Brazilian confection, is tucked away on the basement level of the mall. A.C. and I notified the shop associate of our selections. We chose a few different types of chocolate in the mold of a truffle and a dish of lemon cake served with warm brigadeiro in liquid form. We were surprised to find that the recipe for brigadeiro is simple:
  1. Combine 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa, 1 (or 2, if desired) tablespoons of butter, and 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan. 
  2. Set on medium heat and stir until thickened (approximately 5-8 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, if desired. Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Form into small balls with butter-coated hands. 
  5. To add sophistication, roll on toppings such as chocolate sprinkles or shaved almonds, and place in a small truffle wrapper. Brigadeiro may be chilled until ready to serve. 
Brigaderia afforded us the opportunity to savor variations on this classic recipe. It is a sentimental sweet to Brazilians, with endless possibilities and opportunities to create. M.L. packed two cans of condensed milk in our suitcase. 
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