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Recipe of the week:
Carnival Brigadeiro

Celebrate Carnival this weekend with this popular Brazilian dessert - Brigadeiro. Named after a Brazilian hero and politician, they are simple to make and melt in your mouth!

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Tags: Recipe, Food, Brazilian, Culture, Carnival, Chocolate
14th February 2022


3 tbsp unsalted butter , plus a little extra
400g tin sweetened condensed milk
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Plus toppings of you choice, such as:


Flaked almond
Desiccated coconut

Chocolate Sprinkles


1.  In a  saucepan, heat the butter, condensed milk, a pinch of salt and the cocoa, to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 mins whilst stirring constantly. You'll know the mixture is done when it is thick and shiny and starts to pull away from the bottom.

2.  Stir in the vanilla and mix again until completely combined. Pour the mixture onto a buttered plate and pop into the fridge to chill for at least 2 hrs.

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3.  Once chilled and slightly hardened, butter your hands to prevent the mixture getting stuck to you. Then pinch off some of the dough to make small, bite-sized balls.

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4.  Place your toppings of choice into small bowls and roll the balls in the coating. Traditionally, Brigadeiros were coated in chocolate sprinkles but over the years they have evolved to include many different toppings - I went with chopped nuts and desiccated cocount. Place in mini paper baking cups or on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper and your Brazilian Brigadeiro are ready to go!

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Written by Niamh Woodhouse

Niamh is our Editor-in-Chief and very passionate about Lingo Magazine. Speaking French and Spanish, she has a particular interest in articles about history, culture and travel!

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