The Brazilian version of a chocolate truffle, brigadeiro are party showstoppers and super easy to make at home with just four base ingredients.
Cristina Arantes, or as her family calls her "Kika," is the mastermind behind Kika's Treats, the beloved La Cocina graduate and maker of delicious chocolates. Kika, a lifelong baker and lover of all things sweet, hails from Sao Paulo, and brigadeiro are one of her favorite treats.
Brigadeiro Brazilian Truffles
1 can condensed milk
4 ounces dark chocolate (70% or above)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
Toppings: chocolate sprinkles, chopped almonds, chopped hazelnuts, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, etc.
1. Put condensed milk, chocolate, butter, and salt in a small pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or a spatula until thick and bubbly–make sure to constantly scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent scorching.
2. Pour mixture into a small buttered bowl or sheet pan and let cool at room temperature or refrigerate until cool.
3. Put desired topping in a deep bowl.
4. Grease hands with butter and using a small spoon, scoop out a small amount of chocolate mixture and roll between your hands to form a bite-sized ball. Drop each ball into the topping bowl and shake it well, making sure it's evenly coated.
5. Place the brigadeiro on a plate and enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later.