Tuesday, November 3, 2015


The Brigadeiro ( meaning Brigadier) is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate (cocoa), butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It is one of the simplest dessert you can ever make. It is shaped into tiny bite size balls and is a kids delight. No birthday celebration is complete without Brigadeiros.

It is said that this dessert was invented in 1940 in honour of Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. He was handsome and single. Women from Rio de Janeiro, promoting Gomes’s campaign, made and sold it in order to help fund the presidential campaign.

As time passed, the Brigadeiro was improved with other recipes based on the original, such as the Beijinho,( with shredded coconut)  Cajuzinho,(with cashewnuts) etc. In other countries the Brigadeiro is known as the “Brazilian truffle.”

The Brigadeiro has a sentimental value to all Brazilians. Eating a Brigadeiro is said to give people a familiar sensation because it is a way to remember happy times spent with family and friends.

Here goes the recipe....

Condensed milk - 1 can
Powdered chocolate (cocoa).. 2 tbsps
 Butter ..... 1 tbsp (unsalted)
Chocolate sprinkles .. 1 cup or as needed
Small cupcake liners

1. In a heavy bottomed pan mix the condensed milk, chocolate powder and butter.
2. Continue stirring on medium flame until it starts bubbling and getting thicker. (about 8-10 mins)
3. Once it starts leaving the sides remove from the flame and allow the mixture to cool.
4. Grease your palms with butter and make small bite sized balls.
5. Roll them in the chocolate sprinkles.
6. Place them in small cup cake liners or place them in a decorative tray.

Note: For variation you can use colourful sprinkles, crushed cashew nuts, dessicated coconut, rice crispies etc etc instead of chocolate sprinkles.

Information - wikipedia

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  1. Looks delectable..very excited to try it soon..Thanks for sharing !!

  2. I am a huge truffle fan, these look amazing!

  3. Shobha are those polka dot cups?? Photo is so lovely. I may just make this easy recipe for Diwali to serve during parties.

    1. Yes Mayuri .. yes these are polka dot cups.. I love anything and everything with polka dots.

  4. Simple but yummy truffles.. Feel like eating them all :)

  5. These truffles sound delicious and will be a favorite with kids... Loved reading the history behind it... :)

    1. Yes Rafeeda.. in Brazil every birthday party they serve these.

  6. I love truffles. These look great and can't wait to make them. Nice job on the history too.

  7. Your Brazilian Truffles look so delicious, Shobha - and I was really interested to read the story behind them. Thank you so much for sharing this traditional recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.


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