Thursday, November 3, 2011


For my last History of Chocolate class tomorrow, I decided to give the kids a taste of chocolates from around the world. Brigadeiro is a Brazilian dessert that is often served at birthday parties. Traditionally rolled in chocolate sprinkles or powdered sugar, I opted to use cacao nibs. But never having had a brigadeiro, I hope this isn't too far from the actual confection!

While I cooked the base, Dylan used my mortar and crushed the nibs for me.

bottle of sweetened, condensed milk
1 T butter
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
crushed cacao nibs

In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together all ingredients except the nibs. Keep stirring until the mixture begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Pour into a buttered bowl and refrigerate for about two hours. Once the mixture is cooled, with buttered hands - yes, do it! - roll the mixture into small balls. Roll each ball in the nibs and place it on a plate to harden into shape.

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