Easy Chocolate Recipe
Brazilian Chocolate Bonbons
Brazil is not only famCredit: fotopedia.comous for its Mardi Gras Carnival, it is also the home of the brigadeiro chocolate bonbon. It is the largest and only country in South America where Portuguese is spoken and is made up of a real mix of native and immigrant populations. For this reason, there are huge regional differences in their foods. However, the brigadeiro is one of its most famous candies and is served frequently at parties, barbecues and all kinds of festive gatherings. It is easy to make and is particularly popular with children.
Brazilians love really sweet foods and brigadeiro is no exception. It's truffle texture suggests 'little is more'.
- 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk
- 2-3 tablespoons NesQuick [or any other sweet chocolate milk powder]. Condensed milk in Brazil is much sweeter than in the UK so don't use cocoa.
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- Chocolate sprinkles, 100s and 1000s or granulated sugar topping to cover each brigadeiro ball.
- Tiny paper candy cups
- Mix the condensed milk, the chocolate powder and the butter in a heavy pot. Stir it continuously over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Â
- Continue to stir the mixture for about two minutes or until the mixture becomes thick enough so that you can see the bottom of the pot.
- Remove the pot from the heat and very carefully scoop out the hot mixture into a separate, lightly greased bowl to enable the mixture to cool.
- Allow the mixture to cool thoroughly before you begin to mould the mixture into small balls.
- Coat your hands with a little butter before you start to roll a small amount [ about a tablespoon] of the chocolate mixture into the palm of your hand. If you coat your hand with butter it will stop the chocolate mixture sticking to your hand.
- Roll a small scoop of mixture into a ball and then cover it with sprinkles or 100s and 1000s or granulated sugar.
- Put the ball into a tiny paper candy cup.
- Before you roll the mixture into a ball you can put a small sweet or a chocolate drop in the centre.
- This quantity will make about 40 bonbons.
Other Brazilian Foods
Other sweets or candies include cocada [ a coconut sweet] or beijinhos [ coconut truffles].
Popular snacks are pasteles [ pastry]. They are a street food delicacy that is deep fried. The pasteles can be filled with cheese, chicken, shrimp, ground beef or a creamy filling of cheese and chicken combined and seasoned with tomato and onion. Popular additions to pasteles are carrots, peas, corn, hard-boiled eggs or olives.
Coxinha [chicken croquette] and pao de queijo [cheese bread], bolinos de arroz [fried rice balls] and acaraje [fried balls of shrimp, black-eyed peas and onions] are also popular foods.
Lunch may consist of fried foods like cassava, fried banana or fried cheese.
An everyday meal is likely to consist of rice and beans with salad and beef.
The regional differences in food are great so there will be lots of varieties to sample when you next visit Brazil.Credit: flickr.com
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