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Brigadeiro

Brigadeiro, a famous Brazilian treat, is such an easy candy to make, and tastes delicious. It is sweet, chewy, decadent and slightly addictive. The recipe I use is one I found years ago in an international recipe book.

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This recipe makes approximately 40 Brigadeiro

2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14 oz each)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted*
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder*
—or—
1/3 cup chocolate candy sprinkles

Grease an 8″x8″ or similar size pan with a little butter and set aside. Sift cocoa powder into a non-stick saucepan, then add sweetened condensed milk and butter. Turn heat on to medium, and stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. As soon as it starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring until the mixture is thick and begins to pull away from the pan, about 15 to 20 minutes. When you can run the spoon from one edge of the bottom of the pot, through the center and to the other edge, and the candy is thick enough to stay separated for a couple of seconds, it is thick enough.

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Remove from heat and pour into the prepared pan. Refrigerate or let stand until the candy is cool enough to easily handle. Meanwhile, place the NESQUIK or chocolate sprinkles in a shallow dish – I use a pie pan. Once the Brigadeiro candy is cool enough to handle, scoop up teaspoon sized amounts, and with buttered hands, form into balls. Roll the balls in the NESQUIK or chocolate sprinkles and place in mini paper baking cups.

Store the Brigadeiro, covered, in the fridge up to one week. Remove from fridge and let them come to room temperature before serving.

*A note about sifting the cocoa powder: I find that if I do not sift the cocoa powder, it will sometimes clump in the milk and butter mixture. As it’s heating, most of the clumps will dissolve, but not all of them. Some recipes suggest to combine the cocoa powder with a small amount of water before adding it to the milk but I have not tried this.

*You can also roll the Brigadeiro in crushed nuts or shredded coconut, or, an alternative to the NESQUIK is to combine unsweetened cocoa powder with powdered sugar (sift together to combine).

3-C Protein Ice Cream (Chocolate, Coconut and Coffee)

This is an easy base recipe for protein ice cream. Any number of variations can be made. Use your favorite add-ins and your favorite brand and flavor of protein powder.

3-C Protein Ice Cream (Chocolate, Coconut and Coffee)

2 cups milk of choice*
2 scoops BSN Syntha-6 chocolate protein powder, or your protein powder of choice
2 tablespoons instant coffee
1/8 tsp Xanthan gum, optional*
1/2 cup coconut

Combine milk, protein powder and instant coffee in Vitamix, or high-speed blender. Blend until combined, then with blender running, sprinkle in Xanthan gum. Pour the mixture into your prepared ice cream maker. When the mixture starts freezing, add coconut. When ice cream maker stops churning, remove and serve immediately for soft-serve, or transfer ice cream to a covered bowl and freeze for a couple of hours. If the ice cream becomes too hard after freezing, you can place it in microwave for 30 seconds, or leave it on the counter for a few minutes to soften it enough to scoop.

*You can use any milk, dairy or not. I’ve found that when using low-fat, skim milk or fat-free almond milk, the ice cream crystallizes more than when using full-fat milk. This is not a problem for me, but if you want it to be creamy, use full-fat milk. The use of Xanthan gum also helps to prevent ice crystals.

*This is what America’s Test Kitchen has to say about Xanthan gum in ice cream:

Many ice cream manufacturers add xanthan gum to their products because it prevents the formation of large ice crystals during churning and storage. And that translates into a smoother ice cream. This can easily be done at home. Adding 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the base prior to churning had our ice cream starting out smoother and less noticeably icy than a control recipe made without the gum—and it stayed that way for more than a week.

HOW TO ADD IT

Xanthan gum has a tendency to clump when it comes in contact with liquids; here’s how we ensure even incorporation:


Create a vortex: Place ice cream base in tall, narrow container, leaving at least 4 inches of headspace. Insert immersion blender to bottom of container. With blender on high speed, create vortex in middle of liquid.

Sprinkle and Blend: Slowly sprinkle xanthan gum over vortex (3/8 teaspoon per 2 cups of gravy or sauce and 1/8 teaspoon per quart of churned ice cream), allowing it to be sucked down into blade of blender for at least 30 seconds to thoroughly combine.

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