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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Brigadeiros

Another chocolaty experiment, brigadeiros turned out to be tasty with a funny name. Brigadeiros is a brazillian candy named after some Brazilian brigadier, for God knows what reason. I, for one, won't give it much thought in front of these exotic candies.

These candies are really easy to make, easy to store (if you get the chance to ;) ). The basic ingredient is condensed milk. You can use any store bought condensed milk, I made some at home with dry milk powder, butter, sugar and some water (maybe someday I will become kind enough to  share the exact recipe).


Recipe:

Ingredients:


1 cup condensed milk
1/2 stick butter (50 grams)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
Chocolate sprinkles

Place all ingredients except sprinkles in a saucepan. Cook on low heat for 12 to 15 minutes. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.

Pour in a greased dish and cool for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

With buttered hands make balls and roll in chocolate sprinkles. Place in cupcake wrappers and store in refrigerator overnight before serving. This recipe makes about 12 brigadeiros.

Brigadeiros are somewhat heavy, so you might find one enough at one time. This is a great recipe for chocolate lovers get together.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fudgy Brownies

This post marks the completion of one month of my blog.Ok, a little more than one month. So far I have loved it, keeping my fingers crossed for future :)

I tried another recipe of brownies today. Others have not been posted yet to this blog, but these turned out to be so delicious, I couldn't just leave the recipe in my notebook. Adapted from Smitten Kitchen's Best Cocoa Brownies , this delectable fudgy brownie is to die for.



Recipe:

Ingredients:


1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 cup sugar (Use 1 cup if you prefer less sweet brownies)
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup cake flour
1 cup chopped walnuts , optional

Preheat oven at 160 C (325 F).

Heat oil for a couple of seconds in a sauce pan. Stir sugar in oil. Add cocoa powder and mix until just combined and lumps are gone. Th mixture might be gritty at this moment, but it will smooth out when eggs are added.

Add salt, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well. Gently fold cake flour until mixed. Don't over mix. Stir in walnuts.

Pour in a greased cake pan (optional: lined with butter paper) and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out slightly moist. Don't over bake or it will kill the chocolate flavour. Cut in squares. Enjoy alone or with a cup milk or coffee.

Happy Baking!!!