The World Cup mania has engulfed the whole planet resulting in almost all daily activities and conversations being centered around the international football competition held this year in Brazil. Over a period of one month, 32 countries will be playing for the prestigious cup awarded to the winning team by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association [FIFA]. Divided into groups of four, the teams get to play a preliminary leg of 6 matches within their respective groups before being selected from the subsequent rounds. The eagerly awaited final, scheduled for 13th of July at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, is expected to be watched by around a billion people over the world.

Since yesterday I have been following the competition on my relatively new 40-inch TV screen but have been pretty much disappointed by the overall performances of the teams so far. The Spain against Netherlands clash tonight sounds promising and like many other Mauritians, I am also looking forward to the game opposing England and Italy. Meanwhile I thought of bringing a touch of Brazil to my kitchen with this cute chocolate candy from the land of the Seleção. The Brigadeiro has the consistency of something between a deliciously creamy square of fudge and an intensely dark chocolate truffle. Taken from Give Me Flour, this basic recipe combines condensed milk, cocoa powder and butter to give rise to this simple treat named after a renowned Brazilian politician of the 1920’s, Eduardo Gomes, who was an Air Force brigadier general.

BRIGADEIRO

Ingredients:

390 g condensed milk

4 tablespoons cocoa powder

85 g dark chocolate

55 g heavy cream

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon butter

Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Mix sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, salt and honey in a medium saucepan. Salt brings up the flavor.
  • Honey improves brightness. Cook the mixture over medium heat stirring constantly, preferable with a silicone spatula.

  • The whole process can take something from 10 to 20 minutes and we have remember that it will get thicker when cold.
  • Turn off heat, add chopped dark chocolate and heavy cream and stir. The chocolate will be melted by the warm dough.

  • Return to heat and cook until thick again. Remove from heat and let mixture chill completely before shaping into balls.
  • Use chocolate sprinkles or grate your favorite chocolate bar and place the grated chocolate in the fridge for 10 minutes.

  • Graze your hands lightly with butter or no-stick cooking spray, take small portions of dough, about a teaspoon at a time.
  • Shape into balls and coat immediately with chocolate sprinkles or the grated chocolate. Place into paper cups. Makes 30.

Brazilian Brigadeiro

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