Brigadeiros are a highly calorific traditional Brazilian sweet, rather like a truffle made with butter and condensed milk. They are named after Brigadier Eduardo Gomes and were first created in the 1940’s to be served during his presidential campaign. The sweets are dusted with cocoa powder or chocolate, heated and rolled into a ball. Alternatively they are covered with grated coconut. They are popular at parties served as a treat or as a dessert.
Makes roughly 20
1 can of condensed milk
1 tbs butter
3 tbs unsweetened cocoa
Place the cocoa powder, butter and condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Then using your hands, shape the mixture into balls. Roll in chocolate sprinkles (or grated coconut), then place in small cake cases.Eat immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.They will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.