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Holiday classics!

December 19th, 2010

We’re at home, in Brazil, and as I already thought, it’s been hard to write. And even harder is to keep focused and to choose the right recipe to share. Here we eat all day long, believe me!!!!!

Finally, I thought it’d be good to celebrate one more time the meeting between Brazil and United States. And for this celebration, brigadeiro!!!! Brigadeiro is a classic Brazilian candy, a kind of caramel traditionally made with sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter.

Known as a “child birthday party candy”, brigadeiro is getting its merited place on the red carpet and showing its face in luscious and important parties, wearing a simple black dress or designer clothes. (Check this spectacular store in Sao Paulo: Maria Brigadeiro). Here, wearing its eggnog, gingerbread and peppermint outfit, brigadeiros are ready for the holidays!!!

Before, starting, just one general rule for making brigadeiros. They are better cooked in low to medium heat. Never try to accelerate the process otherwise they are going to be lumpy and grainy. Have it in mind, patience is the key!!

Eggnog: combine the first four ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook stirring constantly ‘til you are able to see the bottom of the pan, approximately 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, add the run and stir ‘til well combined. Let it chill, shape into balls and roll in small pieces of white chocolate.

Gingerbread: In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook for approximately 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Let it chill, shape into balls and roll in crushed toasted pecans.

Peppermint:  start with a classic brigadeiro recipe. Combine in a medium saucepan the condensed milk, butter, honey and cocoa powder.  Cook stirring constantly ‘til you are able to see the bottom of the pan, approximately 20 minutes. Let it chill, shape into balls and roll in small pieces of crushed candy canes. For a deeper peppermint flavor, use peppermint extract.

All the recipes can be used as a cake filling or a relief for PMS!!

14 Responses to “Holiday classics!”

  1. Patricia Scarpin

    I am Brazilian and love the flavors you used on your brigadeiros! What a wonderful idea to add American holiday flavors to them – genius and delicious!

  2. Mariana

    Hola!

    I love your blog, not only its beautiful but it will be such an amazing experience. Congratulations from Mexico/France… And I’m happy I will learn a bit more portuguese… in a fun way! Obrigada!!!!!

  3. Deliciously Organic

    I just found your blog today and love it! The photos, recipes, layout…all of it! Can’t wait to read more. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Sylvie - Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I love how you have put a holiday twist on these Amanda. The gingerbread ones are calling my name.

  5. Gale Reeves

    You have a BEAUTIFUL site. So glad I found you.

  6. Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    Lindo o seu blog. A minha amiga me disse que achou uma outra bloguera Brasileira para eu follow. Estou animada.

  7. Ana

    Love the idea! Is wonderful to have recipes that combine both traditions.
    Hugs!

  8. Becky

    I MUST try these when we get home from Florida! You are a master of combinations!
    Love to you all!

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  10. Kelly

    Oh these look so good! Quick question though, what level of heat do you cook them on?

  11. amanda areias

    Hi Kelly. Thanks for asking, I have to update this information! Well, brigadeiros are better coked in low to medium heat. They can became lumpy and grainy if you cook it too fast. Patience is the key here.

  12. Jen

    How long do you keep then in the refrigerator for? Is there a certain set up time?

  13. Malu

    Oi, Amanda!

    Do you know if it’s possible to find candy canes in São Paulo?

  14. amanda areias

    Hi Malu, sorry I didn’t answer before. Unfortunately, I do NOT know where to find candy canes in Sao Paulo :(

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