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!!

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