Do you love chocolate? How about truffles? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you’re going to love this brigadeiro recipe! Brigadeiros are a Brazilian chocolate truffle that is made with condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder. They are usually served at birthday parties or special occasions.
In this blog post, I will show you how to make these delicious chocolate treats from scratch.
So gather your ingredients and let’s get started!
Brigadeiro vs truffle
So what’s the difference between brigadeiros and truffles? The main difference is that brigadeiros are made with condensed milk, while truffles are made with chocolate ganache. Brigadeiros are also typically smaller in size, and they have a gooey texture. Truffles, on the other hand, are usually made with cream and have a softer texture.
Another difference is that brigadeiros are typically rolled in cocoa powder or sprinkles, while truffles can be rolled in a variety of things like nuts, candy, or even gold leaf!
Brigadeiro vs fudge
The main difference between brigadeiros and fudge is that brigadeiros are made with condensed milk, while fudge is made with sugar, butter and milk.
Brigadeiros are definitely easier to make than fudge. You don’t need a thermometer or mixer to make them, which makes them perfect for beginner cooks. All you need is a saucepan and a spoon.
- 400 g of sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
- 30 g (1,1 oz) of cocoa powder
- 15 g (0,6 oz) unsalted butter
- 70 g (2,5 oz) dark chocolate or chocolate sprinkles
How to make Brazilian Brigadeiro
Melt 15 grams (0,6 oz) of butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
Add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and sift 30 g (1,1 oz) of cocoa powder.
Constantly stirring, boil the mass until the mass on the spatula will hold and will not drip from. This process takes 5-10 minutes.
If you feel that the mass begins to stick before it reaches the desired consistency – reduce the heat.
The texture of the brigadeiro depends on how much moisture is evaporated. You can boil the mass a little less and get a creamier texture, or a little longer and get a firmer, toffee-like texture like in the top right photo.
Turn off the fire, let the mass cool at room temperature for about 20 minutes, and then put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
At this time, grate 70 grams (2,5 oz) of dark chocolate on a coarse grater. The original version uses chocolate sprinkles. This is also a great option, but I like using chocolate here.
In fact, here you can show your imagination and use any products for external decorations. Cocoa powder, crumbled nuts, chocolate, or even dried fruit.
After an hour take the ready mass out of the fridge. Use a spoon to pick up a small amount of the mass and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands.
I use a melon spoon (something like this). In my opinion, it is easier to use it to measure out equal amounts of mass and make the same size brigadeiro balls.
Next, simply roll the ball in grated chocolate (or whatever you’re using) and transfer to a plate. Repeat with the rest.
Another serving option is to place the finished brigadeiros in paper muffin forms.
How to store Brigadeiro
Classic brigadeiros are great kept at room temperature for up to 5 days. But in the case of this recipe, it is preferable to store in the refrigerator, so the chocolate is sure not to melt and leave no residue on your hands.
The brigadeiros can keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge, but you’ll probably eat them sooner.
You can also freeze them and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To do this, put the brigadeiro in an airtight container, cover and freeze. 5-6 hours before consumption, move the container from the freezer to the refrigerator to defrost. Or defrost for 1.5 to 2 hours at room temperature.
What is brigadeiro cake?
Brigadeiro cake is a cake that is made with brigadeiro frosting. It is a popular cake in Brazil and can be found at most bakeries.
How to store brigadeiro?
Brigadeiro can be stored at room temperature, for up to 3 days. It can also be stored in refrigerator for up to a week or even more.
Can I Freeze Brigadeiros?
Yes, brigadeiros can be frozen. Just place them in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat them, let them thaw at room temperature or warm them up in the microwave.
How to roll brigadeiro?
The easiest way to do this is by using a spoon. Just scoop up some of the brigadeiro mixture and roll it into a ball by your hands.
Where is brigadeiro from?
Brigadeiro is a Brazilian chocolate truffle that is made with condensed milk, butter, and cocoa powder.
How long does brigadeiro last?
Brigadeiro can last for up to 5 days at room temperature, or up to a 2 weeks in the fridge. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Why is brigadeiro important to Brazil?
Brigadeiro is one of the most popular desserts in Brazil. It is made with simple ingredients and is easy to make, which makes it perfect for beginner cooks. Brigadeiro is important to Brazil because it is a traditional dessert that is enjoyed by people of all ages. They are a staple in any celebration.
- 1 Melon Spoon optional
- 400 g sweetened condensed milk 1 can
- 30 g cocoa powder
- 15 g unsalted butter
- 70 g dark chocolate or chocolate sprinkles
- Melt 15 grams of butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
- Add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and sift 30 g of cocoa powder.
- Constantly stirring, boil the mass until the mass on the spatula will hold and will not drip from. This process takes 5-10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, let the mass cool at room temperature for about 20 minutes, and then put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- At this time, grate 70 grams of dark chocolate on a coarse grater.
- After an hour take the ready mass out of the fridge. Use a spoon to pick up a small amount of the mass and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands.
- Next, simply roll the ball in grated chocolate (or whatever you're using) and transfer to a plate. Repeat with the rest.