Traditional Brazilian Brigadeiro Recipe

brigadeiro balls

If you know anything about Brazilian cuisine or if you have a Brazilian friend, you probably already know what Brigadeiro is. And for sure you also know that it is Brazil’s most popular sweet treat!

brigadeiro balls

If you don’t know what Brigadeiro is, don’t worry, you are not the only one! I’m here to help you change that, but be prepared, it will change your life!!

Brigadeiro is a bite-size chocolate sweet. Some people say it tastes like chocolate fudge, others say it tastes more like truffles. I’ve also heard that it is similar to a soft caramel. Personally I think they are more similar to chocolate fudge.

Traditionally, they are made of sweetened condensed milk, chocolate milk powder and butter. The most popular way you can find the brigadeiro is hand rolled into balls and covered in chocolate sprinkles. 

brigadeiro balls in a stand

Before moving to Montreal, we owned a pastry shop in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Back in 2009, when we started our business, there were only a few variations of Brigadeiro being sold.

  • Classic, made with  chocolate milk powder,
  • The white version, that actually doesn’t contain any chocolate and
  • “Beijinho” made with coconut (the husband’s favourite!).

In the past few years, brigadeiro has become very commercial and lots of different new flavors have been invented. They are now being called “gourmet brigadeiros”.

Gourmet Brigadeiro is an amazing new concept, it puts together the art of confectionery and the tastes and aromas of top quality ingredients such as the best chocolates from all around the world.

They can come in a sort of different toppings and in sophisticated flavours. Pistachio, lime, passion fruit, dark chocolate, Crème Brûle, Churros, Nutella, Champagne are a few examples.

brigadeiro balls

In Brazil, no celebration is complete without brigadeiros. Honestly, I don’t remember ever going to a party that did not have brigadeiros.

At the parties, the brigadeiros are usually placed on platters near the cake. By the time everyone gathers around to sing happy bday to you! it is VERY common to find some empty paper cups left by the ones that could not resist until the “happy bday” song to eat them. (I must confess, I’m not proud of it, but I’ve done it before!)

brigadeiro balls

Here I’m going to give you the Dark Chocolate version, my favorite. The bitter taste of the cocoa powder and chocolate 54% make it less sweet and perfect, in my opinion.

While the brigadeiro requires some patience, it is not at all difficult to make.  After you roll them and cover with sprinkles, you can put them in small candy cups. 

Here at home the kids love to help rolling them in the sprinkles. If you have kids too, ask them for a little help, they will love this bonding time. And of course that some brigadeiro balls will be lost along the way (if you know what I mean!!!). J Have fun and enjoy!

brigadeiro balls
brigadeiro balls

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 100gr heavy cream (I use the whipping Cream 35%)
  • 30gr cocoa powder
  • 20gr good quality dark chocolate between 50% and 70%
  • 10gr butter, plus more for rolling balls
  • Good quality chocolate sprinkles (or any other type of sprinkles you like)

Instructions

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine first the cocoa powder and the condensed milk. After well mixed add the butter, cream and chocolate. Cook, always stirring, until thickened (about 10 minutes). You will know that it is in the right consistency when it comes out easily from the bottom of the pan.

brigadeiro batch
brigadeiro batch

Remove it from the heat and let it rest until room temperature.

Put your sprinkles in a plate or bowl. Then, grease your hands with butter and roll the brigadeiros into cherry-size balls.

brigadeiro balls

After that, roll the brigadeiro balls into the sprinkles and place them in paper/foil candy cups.

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

This delicious, fluffy and spicy apple cinnamon bundt cake will be your favorite cake of the Fall season!

Check the video recipe in our YouTube Channel

I love making this cake to share with friends or to have it at home to accompany a nice cup of coffee, especially at this time of the year. With the weather getting cooler and the kitchen full of apple bags from the last trips to the u-pick apple farms, there’s nothing better than making an Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake.

Sweetened with brown sugar, this cake will melt in your mouth. Apple chunks and cinnamon are in every single bite.

This cake really does not need a frosting.  I just sprinkled on some powdered sugar but you can frost it as you wish.

You can use your favorite apple variety, but I suggest you stick with the most sour ones. A couple of weeks ago we all went to a u-pick apple farm, and in the following week the kids also went u-pick with their school. They brought home 2 bags of McIntosh and that’s what I used for this recipe.

First you will need to gather all your ingredients. Make your mise en place.

The apples must be peeled, cored, and sliced ¼ inch thick

To get a fluffy texture you need to mix the butter with the sugar really well, for at least 5min. this will make a difference in your cake.

After adding the eggs and vanilla extract you can continue mixing until you get a smooth mixture. But after adding the dry ingredients don’t over-mix it or it will make your cake dense.

Every time you add flour to a butter and sugar mixture, you should immediately stop mixing once you no longer see any lumps. When you overmix cake batter, the gluten in the flour can form elastic gluten strands, resulting in a denser and chewy texture.

Now it’s time to fold in the apples with a spatula. It might seem a lot but trust me, you won’t regret it.

Spray a bundt cake pan with cooking spray (you can also sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon at this time) and Spoon batter into it. Smooth top with the back of a spoon. 

Bake it at 350F and enjoy the smell of the cinnamon taking over your kitchen! 

Ingredients

  • 220gr Butter room temperature
  • 270gr Dark Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5gr Vanilla Extract
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 4gr Baking Soda
  • 8gr Baking Powder
  • 8gr Ground Cinnamon
  • 400gr Flour (you can also use 200gr regular flour + 200gr whole wheat flour)
  • 520gr peeled, cored apples  sliced in ¼ inch thick

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • First put aside all your ingredients. Prepare your mise en place
  • Cream butter and brown sugar in the mixer with the whisk attachment.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract, whisk well until smooth
  • Switch the whisk to the paddle attachment
  • Gradually add in the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Don’t overmix and stop when you no longer see any lumps.
  • Fold in the apples with a spatula
  • Spoon/pour the thick batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. The baking times may vary depending on your oven. Keep your eye on the cake after 50 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan, then invert onto a serving plate once cooled and ready to serve.
  • Sprinkle on some powdered sugar.
  • Cover leftovers and store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Flavor is outstanding on day 2!
  • Check the video recipe in our YouTube Channel

Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party – Part One

Alice in Wonderland dessert table

We always wanted to throw an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party for our daughter! At the same time, we always thought it’s a complex theme for a young age. We wanted her to be able to enjoy the party and at the same understand the theme.

It’s her first year at Primary School and we did not want a big party. We planned to do something intimate and cozy in our backyard. She invited 6 of her closest friends. It allowed us to customize the favors and also focus on the quality of the Goddie Bags. (If you ever had to prepare 20/30 Goodie Bags, you know what I’m talking about! $$$ Cast the first stone those who have never gone through Halloween candies to prepare the goodie bags). 

We did not expect her to get so involved in planning the party as she did. She wanted to participate and brought her opinion in every detail of her party. First of all, she started by helping Mom to choose the cake design. (that one was literally “a piece of cake” since Mom is the cake designer!!) Then, they went through hundreds of Pinterest boards to select ideas for the sweet table and for the decorations. She helped Mom with the decorations for the cake and cupcakes.

Helping with decoration to the party

Activities

For the activities, we chose:

  • 3 colors challenge with Alice in Wonderland coloring page.
  • Cupcake workshop
Cupcake workshop
Cupcake workshop
  • “Find the hidden key”

The idea to do a game with keys turned out really fun and the girls loved it. As soon as the girls arrived, each one was assigned a color of ribbon and they received a bracelet with their color. After the 3 colors challenge, they had to find the keys hidden around our backyard.

Vintage Key for Alice in Wonderlando Birthday Activity

For this game we bought a set of vintage keys and tied each key with a different colored ribbon. They enjoyed it so much that in the next day some of the girls went to school wearing the key as a pendant.

Vintage Key for Alice in Wonderlando Birthday Party

The Favors

The favors included a bag with “Eat me” cookies, a “drink me” bottle and a UNBIRTHDAY gift. The UNBIRTHDAY gift was a coloring book and Colored Pencil Set.

Favors for surprise bag
Alice in Wonderland coloring book
Alice in Wonderland unbirthday gift

Literally 5 minutes before the Party started, I decided to make some signs and instead of receiving the girls by the front door, it guided them directly to our backyard. It is very simple. First of all you need to print a big arrow with the words you want. Then you have to glue them into a cardboard box. I used one that was laying around the house for weeks refusing to go to recycling. Then I cut it out in arrow shape and placed the signs outside the house. I believe that with more time this look so much better! The best part is that the girls loved it and pretty much all the parents played along!

Alice in Wonderland signs
Alice in Wonderland costume AliExpress

On AliExpress we bought the beautiful Alice’s dress and also the pair of striped socks.

Our friend from Fêtes de Jardins was in charge of the décor and she did an amazing job as always! Thanks Dany

You can find more ideas in our Pinterest Board.