Brigadeiro was created by the wife of Brigadeiro (Brigadier) Eduardo Gomes, who was a Presidential candidate in Brazil in the 1940s. His wife would cook the candies and serve them during their fundraising events. The guests loved the treat and soon enough people started asking: “Have you tried the Brigadeiro’s candy? Where is the Bridagier’s candy?” And that is where the name Brigadeiro comes from.
2 table spoons of cocoa power (You can use more cocoa, some recipes call for 4 spoons. You can also use chocolate powder in which case you need 7 spoons, but the Brigadeiros will be intensely sweet. With practice, you will find your own perfect recipe)
4 tablespoons of butter
a non-stick pan
a wooden spoon
mini baking cups
put roughly 2 tablespoons of butter to melt in the pan set the stove top to medium-low once the butter is melted, add a whole can of condensed milk
now you will add the chocolate; but wait, if you are using cocoa powder here is Betânia’s personal trick: get a glass with a bit of water and slowly add the cocoa while mixing it with the water; this is because cocoa powder does not dissolve very well in the condensed milk, so you want to totally dissolve it with a bit of water and then add the mixture to the condensed milk in the pan
stir with the wooden spoon; you will need to stir for at least 20 minutes and it can take as long as 40 minutes; stir in circular movements and make sure you get the Brigadeiro from the sides so it does not stick there and burn the Brigadeiro will get thicker and thicker and will reduce in volume you know it is ready when
a) you divide it in half with the spoon and it stays parted for a few seconds and
b) you scoop some brigadeiro with the wooden spoon, turn the spoon upside down, and it holds there for an instant before falling back into the pan; the video will show this!
when your Brigadeiro is ready, spread the content of the pan on a plate and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes; you want it nice and firm before you roll it in balls
to make the little balls, spread a little bit of butter in your hands and make sure to get your fingers; using a small spoon, scoop some Brigadeiro, put it in your hands, and roll it in a little ball roll the ball on the chocolate sprinkles to cover it completely place your brigadeiro in a baking cup repeat–should yield about 25 Brigadeiros put Brigadeiros in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes to make them firmer they are ready 🙂 Bom apetite!