Welcome to 2019! This is my first post of the year and I am really happy that I could return to blogging. Last month was so hectic with both regular BM and Bake-a-thon going side by side. Though I was ready with the posts, it was tough keeping up with everyone’s post. I still have some reading to do, but when December 31st came, I wanted to skip this month’s BM. I was not at all ready. I was too lazy to even think about the themes for the past two days, but today suddenly I got my mojo back. I had this week’s theme researched and bookmarked a few recipes to try. As the recipes were quite easy to make, I guess I will do fine this week.
The theme for this week is Explore The Southern Hemisphere. As you know I love researching international cuisine, so I always choose the theme when Valli announces it. First I went and read about southern Hemisphere countries. Growing up, I hated social science the most. All the three subjects, history, geography and civics terrified me. Even now I love to know about the recipes but after a while I completely forget about the other information I gathered! The world is divided into two by Equator. The portion on the north is Northern Hemisphere and the one on south is the southern hemisphere. The southern hemisphere contains five continents – Antarctica, Australia, 90% of South America, The southern third of Africa and several southern islands of Asia. I could do recipes from any of these countries and I chose to do three from South America.
For the first day, it is Brazil. When I search for recipes before two years, I would always go for cakes and cookies, but now I search for simpler recipes without all purpose flour. I came across these brigadieros and loved the simplicity of the recipe. I also remembered the Brazilian coconut kisses I made nearly eight years back. This is considered as an iconic dish of the Brazilians and the history is quite interesting. These were made during 1945 for political campaign of a candidate who was also Brigadier. Some say that his wife came up with the recipe where as Wiki says that he was single and the most devoted voters made this as gifts during his campaign. Whatever the history may be, this is one popular sweet across Brazil and it is quite easy to make. Classical brigadieros have chocolate vermicelli as the coating but there are so many variations available now. These can also be served warm and can be scooped out with a spoon.
Makes 9 Brigadieros
Sweetened Condensed Milk – 200 ml
Cocoa Powder – 1 tbs
Butter – 1 tbs
Chocolate Vermicelli – 3-4 tbs
In a pan combine butter, condensed milk and cocoa powder.
Heat it on medium and keep on stirring until the butter dissolves and cocoa powder mixes completely.
Cook the mixture until it becomes thick and starts leaving the side.
Do not over cook as it will become hard candy on cooling.
Transfer to a bowl and allow it to sit in fridge until cool and firm.
Take lemon sized pinch of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
Place it on a plate of chocolate vermicelli and roll to coat it completely.
Place the finished brigadiero in a mini liner and refrigerate.